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The Lobby of the Hotel Okura Tokyo: A Time Capsule of 1960s Modern Design

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November 5, 2010 at 4:28 PM | by | ()

If ever an episode of Mad Men needs to be shot in Tokyo for some reason, like say...Don Draper takes a business trip to gain a major international account, then this is where they would film that episode. It is the iconic lobby of the Hotel Okura, the Tokyo flagship of a chain that includes other luxury properties like the Okura Amsterdam and The Halekulani Honolulu.

We stopped by here specificially to photograph this beauty, but also to eat some of the Okura's flawless confections we showed you yesterday.

This main building of the hotel, where you'll find this lobby tucked behind reception, is a time capsule of 1962 modernist design, from Yoshiro Taniguchi. Although the hotel rooms on floors above have been renovated in the years since, this lobby and most public spaces have been preserved. Standing in such an elegant vintage space, you really feel the classic atmosphere of a grand hotel, one that continues to draw the rich and powerful as loyal guests.

The hotel's highest category rooms, typically reserved for heads of state and CEOs, are the Imperial and Presidential Suites. They too have escaped redesign, so staying inside one of them is paying to sleep in a Mad Men fan's fantasy. It just happens to be our fantasy as well.

[All photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

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