the artist’s office
kei endo’s office, an artist’s lair: watercolor palette on the side, colors smudged after a thousand brushstrokes and water droplets, gel pens and pencils sharpened, strips of paper with vibrant reflections and the name of the colors , and a sheet of paper taped to the desk. in this article, the architectural designer details hotel rooms, features and facilities around Japan, an apparent reflection of the original accommodation plans.
born in kanagawa prefecture in 1992, the architect and color coordinator has worked in an architectural design office and as a vanguard of the color palette. today, her piercing eyes observe the lines and details that make up design and architecture, and rather than recording these traces, she recreates them through watercolor drawings.
‘When you open the door to the guest bedroom, the first thing that comes to your eyes is the beautifully tiled bathtub and the view of Akasaka city there! the migratory plan centered on the cupboard was excellent because it was easy to use because the front and back could be swapped correctly,‘ she writes on his instagram about his okura tokyo hotel guest room sketch.
images courtesy of kei endo
precise and detailed
the eloquence of endo’s designs moves away from ambiguity as names and labels dot his works to inform his audience of the purposes of rooms, objects and fixtures. his process begins with the veins of the overall imagery, the skeleton of the room or architecture, drawn with the help of gel pens.
after adding arrowheads to identify the item names in space, she grabs her brush, dips it in a cup of water on her desk, spreads the now-damp brush over her chosen watercolor bar, and encases his canvas with earthy and serene-looking hues to complement his design.
miyashita park sequence
soak in the ATMOSPHERE
entering his hotel room after a long day causes an exhaustion that tramples the body, a force that invites you to close your eyes and lie down on the soft bed. otherwise, the excitement can soak up the surroundings and the sense of freedom that seeps into the room, not entirely the details that design the room.
with endo’s designs, the architectural designer inspires clients to slow down and grasp the finer features that carry the existence and beauty of the hotel room, from the unplugged and dust-filled hair dryer into the hall bath to creases on bed pillows from swelling before guests enter.
miyashita park sequence
earth about tokyo