Back in January, preservationists cried over the pending demolition of Tokyo's Hotel Okura. Built in the 1960s, it stood as a cultural and social icon, which was featured in the 1960s James Bond novel "You Only Live Twice" and sat across the United States Embassy in the postwar Japan after World War II. And despite the best efforts to save it, such as campaigns spearheaded by Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, the symbolic site is now being razed to make way for an influx of tourism and the 2020 Olympics.
To pay homage to this lost treasure, French record label turned fashion brand Maison Kitsuné designed their third location in Tokyo's Daikanyama district to liken the design features it became known for. Featuring wooden beams, pendant and ceiling lights, lacquered furnishings, shoji screens, and detailed wooden latticework, the calming space will also host an exclusive fashion line dedicated to the emblematic architectural site.
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