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 The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Combines Frank Lloyd Wright's
Unique Designs into 2,300 sq ft Suite

Tokyo, Japan, November 9, 2005 – The Imperial Hotel’s newly opened 2,300 square feet Frank Lloyd Wright Suite, created in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, utilizes original design motifs from the hotel’s world renowned Frank Lloyd Wright hotel building as well as replicas of Wright’s most celebrated furniture from the height of his career. It is the world’s only suite to combine the unique architectural plans of the Wright Hotel with interior designs created by Wright for private residencies during the same era.

The Imperial’s new Frank Lloyd Wright Suite, located on the 14th Floor of the Imperial Hotel’s Main Building, is attuned to Wright’s aesthetic choices, demonstrating just why he remains one of the century’s most lauded exterior and interior designers. Influenced by the natural world and specifically by the clean horizontal lines of America’s infinite prairies, Frank Lloyd Wright transformed the world of architecture and building design. 

The stately rooms overlook beautiful Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace gardens. These tremendous views harmonize with Wright’s resplendent designs that feature elements of nature, such as volcanic stone relief and inlaid oak wood paneling.

The Suite’s entranceway utilizes the only wooden door for a guest room on Imperial Hotel premises. Centrally displayed in the entry corridor is a replica of the multihued oya stone relief from the Wright Imperial’s Takara room. As with the original relief, another part of which is preserved in the Old Imperial Bar, this stunning handmade sculpture is carved from volcanic stone, a distinctive highly porous lava block from a famed Tochigi Prefecture quarry.

The suite, which offers guests a study, living room, dining room, bedroom and two bathrooms, expresses Wright’s clean majesty while simultaneously capturing intricate details, such as round door knobs, stained glass and carpet patterns, from the Wright era hotel. The suite also includes intentionally lowered ceilings at the entrance hall and higher ceilings inside the rooms.   Interior stained glasses are intentionally placed in higher position from eye level.  These two devices were favored by Wright in order to heighten a room’s grandeur.

Furnishings, such as sofas, tables and chairs, are specifically designed by Wright to decorate his celebrated Prairies-style houses. A replica chandelier illuminates the dining room and the suite is decorated with framed drawings of Wright’s original sketches. Stepping into the suite bedroom, guests enter a world perfect for repose. The room’s centerpiece, the Imperial’s original SleepWorks system bed created by Simmons, features a decorative headboard with a unique inlay woodwork based on Wright sketches. 

Founded by royal decree in 1890, the Imperial Hotel’s history and legacy of superior service are unmatched by any other Western-style hotel property in Japan. Adjacent to Ginza, Tokyo’s foremost shopping and nightlife area, the Imperial opened its doors to foreign visitors just as Japan did. Since that time, the Imperial has hosted the world’s most prominent leaders, sports figures and celebrities. Queen Elizabeth II, Francoise Mitterrand, Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe and Jodie Foster have all made the Imperial their chosen destination in Tokyo.

In 1923, the Imperial’s original neoclassical structure was replaced with the magnificent Wright building. The hotel was dismantled in 1967 when a team of experts deemed it in an advanced state of decay. Parts of the original structure were rebuilt at Meiji Mura Village, an architectural preservation park outside of Nagoya. The current main building opened in 1970 and with the opening of its magnificent Frank Lloyd Wright Suite, the Imperial salutes its remarkable past.

The Imperial’s Frank Lloyd Wright Suite nightly rate, excluding tax and service charge, is 400,000 yen (approximately $3,405).

About the Imperial Hotel
Founded in 1890 at the direction of the imperial palace, Tokyo's legendary Imperial Hotel boasts a history as colorful and dramatic as contemporary Japan itself. Centrally located near Ginza, Tokyo’s premier shopping and nightlife district, the Imperial is easily accessible to the government offices in Kasumigaseki and the central business districts of Shiodome) and Marunouchi. The Imperial boasts 13 restaurants and four bars as well as Tokyo’s largest hotel business center.  Check-in is daily at 2pm; check-out is 12pm. For travelers to additional Japanese locales, the Imperial Hotel family also includes the Imperial Hotel, Osaka and the Kamikochi Imperial Hotel in Nagano. 


Lainie Friedman
Tel:  212.660.6756

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