Beauty in the detail of Kyoto craftsmanship
Karakami paper prints
Print patterns refined over dozens of years. Architect Rie Azuma chose to adorn the walls and sliding doors of each guest room with paper prints produced with 130-year-old woodblocks using a mixture of chalk, sanguine, verditer, ocher, black ink, mica, and other pigments. Each are handcrafted by artisans at Kyo Karakami Maruni.
A new style of garden created by traditional craftsmen. The resort is home to two gardens: the Mizu-no-niwa, with its pond and waterfall; and Oku-no-niwa, where smoked tiles create flowing lines over the grounds. Landscape artist Hiroki Hasegawa's playful designs were brought to life by Ueyakato Landscape, in business since 1848.
Shoji sliding doors feature crosspieces crafted with the meticulous attention to detail inherent in traditional Kyoto design, as well as dynamic forms that are classic yet infused with a contemporary sensibility. Every door is a work of art that retains its original functionality.
The charms of a traditional Japanese home only become apparent when kneeling on the floor. To allow guests to comfortably enjoy this perspective, architect Rie Azuma has furnished many rooms with floor-level "tatami sofas" created by the Hinoki Kogei furniture craftsmen collective.
Lighting designed to let the shadows breathe.In a Japanese room, lighting plays a strictly supporting role, offering warmth and comfort without ruining the effects created by shadows. Miura Shomei produces artisanal light fixtures that very gently illuminate a room so that the shadows may come to life as they are intended.