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Travel inspiration: Manhattan meets Tokyo in vibrant new hotel Kimpton Shinjuku

The interiors of this new hotel, designed by Rockwell Group, combines Japanese traditions and references to New York’s art and fashion scene.

Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo harnesses the energy of its famous location into its interior. “Our design blends layered textures, fabric, art and furniture that explore Tokyo’s relationship to both the past and the future,” describes Shawn Sullivan, partner and studio leader at Rockwell Group.

Opened just months ago, it comprises 151 rooms and two dining options decorated in different styles and patterns, capturing the vibrant spirit of the neighbourhood while reflecting a sense of peacefulness in the heart of the Japanese capital.

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    Manhattan meets Tokyo in vibrant new hotel Kimpton Shinjuku, designed by Rockwell Group.

Manhattan meets Tokyo in the interiors, honouring the philosophy of Rockwell Group: “We want to surprise ourselves,” Shawn says.

Sculptural plaster walls and a 3D folding wall welcome guests and visitors in the lobby, also the location of The Jones Café | Bar, an all-day chill New York City (NYC)-inspired spot adorned with lacquer tables, an eclectic mix of chairs, oversized sofas, reclaimed material turned art pieces and striking neon industrial accents against a backdrop of indie music.

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On the second floor, District, a modern brasserie that’s open from brunch to dinner with a bar lounge for many happy hours, has rich blue plaster walls, aged brass detailing, a show kitchen, wood-on-wood inlay tabletops, leather banquettes and artworks.

For those keen to admire the Tokyo skyline, the rooftop ballroom and bar on the 17th is the place to go. The blackened steel structural elements that support a pyramid skylight, dark glazed bricks and concrete give the space the industrial feel of a NYC loft. Level 16 is home to a chapel with 3D textured wood panels and marble flooring. Adjacent to it, the pre-function space acts as a lounge with exceptional views of Tokyo.

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The main inspiration for the guest rooms’ design was the concept of okaeri, which means welcome home in Japanese. The striped sofas refer to the city’s pedestrian crossings, while the subtle metal floral inlay on the Japanese charred wood headboards are a modern twist on the long tradition of ikebana flower arrangements.

Paying tribute to Japan’s culture and savoir faire while adding contemporary accents, the interiors of Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo make the most of a rich tradition and a bold aesthetic.

Visit www.kimptonshinjuku.com for more information.

This article was originally published in Home & Decor.

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