Continuing our theme of following boutique hotel styling around the world, the Screen Hotel in Kyoto, Japan is reinventing the traditional japanese ryokan (inn) style. The hotel calls itself a Personalized Boutique Hotel, with 13 rooms created by 13 different designers, allowing guests to choose the decor which suits their current mood.
The hotel combines history, tradition and modern art to create fusion of modern styling with traditional values - see http://www.the-screen.jp/ for further details.
It will be interesting to see how these design trends filter towards the west, and how we re-interpret this style. The current design trend in UK boutique hotels remains firmly metro-country house style with wonderfully contemporary country designs being created by Kit Kemp for the hotel industry. We predict this style will be pared down, without becoming sterile, with the use of shoji style screens, painted screens, and contemporary oriental motifs.