Jean-Michel Gathy channels Issey Miyake to create signature installation for Tokyo spa

by Megan Whitby | 10 Feb 2020
Four Seasons at Otemachi showcases next-generation luxury and lifestyle
– Rainer Stampfer

Designer Jean-Michel Gathy has created a 3D origami-inspired feature wall for Four Seasons' spa sanctuary in its upcoming hotel in Japan – called Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi.

Dominating the spa lobby, the flowing paper structure appears to billow and sweep outwards and has been designed to calm guests as they enter the spa. Gathy’s work is inspired by Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake’s flowing fabrics, as captured by photographer Namiko Kitaura.

The top-floor spa includes five private treatment rooms and has a wellness menu inspired by traditional Japanese treatments designed to balance the mind and body. Guests will be able to enjoy facials, massages and Japanese-inspired signature experiences.

The flowing, multidimensional design will also be found throughout the 190-guestroom hotel, which is due to open on 1 July 2020. This will be Four Seasons’ third Japanese property.

The hotel covers the top six floors of a new, 39-storey tower by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and also features four distinct dining and drinking concepts.

The hotel group also has two other hotels in Japan – Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo Marunouchi and Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.

"Four Seasons at Otemachi showcases next-generation luxury and lifestyle as we quite literally elevate the hospitality experience to a new level in the city," said Rainer Stampfer, Four Seasons president, hotel operations – Asia Pacific.

Jean-Michel Gathy  Four Seasons  Japan  Skidmore  Owings & Merrill  Rainer Stampfer 
Related stories
23 Jan 2020

Get your brain massaged at Four Seasons Oahu, Hawaii

15 Jan 2020

Jean-Michel Gathy's Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River approaches opening

03 Dec 2019

Four Seasons to expand luxury Mexico collection

10 Jan 2018

Jean-Michel Gathy to transform New York's Crown Building into 'ultra-luxury' Aman hotel

FEATURE: New Opening – Crystal palace

FEATURE: Movers & Shakers – Jean-Michel Gathy

More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7374     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7374     
 
 
 
latest jobs
Circa £40,000 per annum
Job location: Manchester, UK
company profile
Company profile: SPARCSTUDIO
Sparcstudio offers a bespoke and comprehensive design service with real attention to detail. Logical and inspiring space planning forms the bedrock of all Sparcstudio projects.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The Tree Canopy Walk has platforms designed to ‘lure’ people into the woods
Alan Metcalfe
"When people are a bit scared, they gather together"

Featuring a vibrating glass platform and one of the US’s longest tree canopy walks, Whiting Forest has been designed to bring visitors closer to nature and to one another

The project to restore Houson’s Memorial Park is ongoing
Thomas Woltz
"I am very proud of stewarding the largest public space to be built in Manhattan in a century"

The Wall Street Journal’s Design Innovator of the Year on designing the gardens at Hudson Yards and looking to the Native Americans for ideas on how to create a resilient future

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
The Macallan Distillery has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize
Stephen Barrett (left) 
and John McElgunn (right) were both made partners at RSHP in 2016
"Leisure space – public space – is at the very root of democracy, and architecture is about democracy"

As RSHP completes its latest cultural project, we speak to two of its partners about why Richard Rogers isn’t leaving his succession to chance

Last word: Tina Norden
Tina Norden
"We have created an approach which is playful, provocative but also functional"

Conran and Partners’ Tina Norden on playing with colour at Prague’s newly redesigned Hotel Maximilian

CopenHill is a “crystal clear example of hedonistic sustainability,” says BIG founder Bjarke Ingels
"It was born from the sheer anxiety of having to submit something brilliant in a very short timescale"

How a moment of desperation led to BIG’s CopenHill, the clean power plant that’s doubling as a skiing and leisure destination. Magali Robathan speaks to the architects that made it happen

features
Elizabeth de Portzamparc
"We need to stop the destruction of our world through predatory practices. We need to think of the future"

The architect behind Nimes’ Musée de la Romanité on designing to counter loneliness and the need for more cultural buildings

The views of the mountains take centre stage
"Sam was such a champion for the team, and my goal is simply to carry that same torch"

As Blackberry Mountain resort opens in Tennessee, we find out why the project is a deeply personal one for owner Mary Celeste Beall

cladkit product news
Arlon Graphics debuts architectural collection
Arlon's architectural range is aimed at interior designers looking for innovative and affordable renovation solutions
Lauren Heath-Jones
Arlon Graphics, a plastic and vinyl manufacturer based in The Netherlands, has launched a range of architectural graphic vinyl films ...
John Pomp Studios expands Tidal collection
The Eclipse Pendant light was inspired by the lunar eclipse
Lauren Heath-Jones
John Pomp Studios, a design practice based in Philadelphia in the US, has expanded its Tidal collection to include five ...
BIG partners with Louis Poulsen for new lighting collection
The Keglen collection is made up of four different pendants
Lauren Heath-Jones
BIG Ideas, the technology arm of renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), has partnered with Danish lighting manufacturer Louis ...
cladkit product news
Naval architect launches solar-powered floating pods
The Anthénea pod is a luxury floating suite that could be used as a spa or treatment suite
Lauren Heath-Jones
Naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle has designed a solar-powered floating hotel suite aimed at offering an eco-friendly and nomadic place for ...
Pelle DVN Table inspired by traditional Japanese carpentry
The DVN Table was created using Japanese joinery techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Jean and Oliver Pelle, the husband and wife team behind New York-based design studio Pelle, have created the DVN Table, ...
Tino Seubert x Theodora Alfredsdottir lighting collection inspired by mid-century furniture making traditions
The Corrugation Lights were inspired by midcentury and post-war furniture making techniques
London-based designers Tino Seubert and Theodora Alfredsdottir have teamed up to create Corrugation Lights, a lighting collection inspired by midcentury ...
cladkit product news
Space Popular creates video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate in South Korea
Gate of Bright Lights was designed to show visitors how screens and digital interfaces have replaced physical objects the gateway between us and the rest of the world.
Lauren Heath-Jones
Multidisciplinary design firm Space Popular has created a video installation for the Gwangmyeongmun Gate at the Deoksugung Palace in Seoul, ...
Canteen collection combines nostalgia with modern aesthetics
The Canteen collection was inspired by post-war British design techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Very Good & Proper (VG&P), a British furniture brand, has curated a new dining collection that combines traditional woodworking techniques ...
XTU concept imagines life in the clouds
XTU's X Cloud concept is part of the Future and the Arts: AI, Robotic, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
Lauren Heath-Jones
XTU Architects, a Paris-based architecture firm, has released images and renderings of X Cloud, a new concept that showcase a ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates