By  on November 19, 2007

Yukio Hashimoto’s simple design transforms The Peninsula in Tokyo.

For those familiar with The Peninsula Hotels chain—and the refined afternoon tea service that takes place in the lobby of its eight hotels worldwide—walking into its newest outpost in Tokyo may give visitors a slight pause. A continuous screen made from tall, vertical bars of bright, blond wood wrap the oval room, as if it were the hull of an expensive, elegant ship. Entering the lobby, guests pass under a crystal chandelier made of LED lights in the shape of an inverted dome and walk toward a dragon-inspired bamboo sculpture that looks like a long, prickly lizard’s tail, hunched over a rolled-up bale of hay.

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