A cozy atmosphere created by the harmony of light and design

Apartment hotels are gaining attention these days as we go through the transformation of lifestyles caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Serviced residences have become spaces that meet a wide variety of needs for those traveling between the city and the suburbs, or for those looking to cool off while working from home. Three people who know Roppongi Hills well recently stayed at his aparthotel. This is what they went through.

Flight. 1. Masato Kawai: Interior designer

“I used to come here to see how the project was going during the construction of Roppongi Hills,” says interior designer Masato Kawai. This is the nature of his work. Kawai often visits the Roppongi Hills area, where a variety of indoor related stores can be found, including Living Motif in the Axis building. He added, “I love to walk around and look at the street furniture pieces installed in Roppongi Hills. Andrea Branzi worked on one of them. When he came to Japan, I went to his conference. When I saw the orange terracotta tiles on the exterior of the residential building designed by Conran, I discovered that they were rare and fresh in Japan at the time.

Kawai is registering. Bilingual staff are available at reception 24 hours a day.


Waiting area in the hall. The moderate tone creates a relaxing atmosphere.


“Isola Calma” by Ettore Sottsass is located in front of the serviced apartment.

Roppongi Hills Residence D, where the serviced apartments are located, is a short distance from Keyakizaka. The Tsutaya Bookstore is nearby and across the street you will find public art exhibitions, such as “Isola Calma” by Ettore Sottsass.

“The space is like a small room surrounded by terrazzo walls, and I feel comfortable being separated from my surroundings. It’s like an air pocket in Roppongi, ”explains Kawai.

For this report, Kawai stayed in a one-bedroom unit designed by Nicola Gallizia, the artistic director of leading Italian designer furniture maker Molteni & C. The 56 m² space includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom that can be separated by a movable wall.

“This piece is perfect for lovers of Italian design,” Kawai muttered as soon as he entered the room. “Molteni & C is one of the companies that launched the furniture fair, the predecessor of the Salone del Mobile.Milano which represents Italian modernism. From Gio Ponti to the lighting of a prominent designer of recent years, Michael Anastassiades de Flos, Gallizia has managed to combine masterpieces with contemporary designs. Excellent work on his part!

Kawai also took his hat off to Gallizia for the use of color and light in the room, something the designer was particularly mindful of.

“The unit is based on a gray color palette with a hint of orange to give it an extraordinary and special feel. The light from the north-facing window blends and diffuses throughout the space, not too dark, not too bright, but fair. The round shaped shades also give off a soft glow.


Kitchen area in natural stone. The lighting above the kitchen table is “IC Lights S1” by Michael Anastassiades.


Bedroom. The artwork on the wall is also selected to match the coloring of the room.


The Gio Ponti mirror in the living room is one of Kawai’s favorites. The room is also furnished with Gio Ponti armchairs.

“I want to focus on my current job while I stay,” Kawai says. “At home or in the office, there is so much in space with so much information that it is difficult to concentrate on a single task. A room in an apartment hotel has no unnecessary features and is comfortable. I can concentrate on my work as much as possible. He added, “It’s also handy to be able to use the living room when I want to cool off or have meetings. “


From the bedroom terrace, you can see the greenery of Keyakizaka.


During the stay, the lounge in the building is also available. In addition to a sofa area and a table area, there is also a meeting area (by reservation only).


The living room – a relaxation area decorated in warm colors.

About Masato Kawai

Masato Kawai is the president of Bundle Studio. Kawai has been engaged in styling for magazines such as Casa Brutus and Pen, as well as commercials and model rooms for major housing manufacturers. This fall, he will open the Bundle Gallery in Chiba, where he will operate a photography studio and start selling furniture, lighting and artwork.

This article originally appeared in HILLS LIFE DAILY published by Mori Building. Photos by Kohei Omachi, text by Jun Ishida, translation by Yoshiko Kogi.

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