“Isola Calma” by Ettore Sottsass is located across the street from the serviced apartment.
Roppongi Hills Residence D, where the serviced apartments are located, is only a short-distanced from Keyakizaka. TSUTAYA Bookshop is nearby, and across the street, there is Ettore Sottsass’s“Isola Calma”. “The space is like a small room surrounded by terrazzo walls, and I feel comfortable being separated from my surroundings. It’s like an air pocket in Roppongi,” says Kawai.
For this report, Kawai stayed at a one-bedroom unit designed by Nicola Gallizia, the art director of leading Italian designer furniture maker, Molteni&C. The 56-square-meter space has a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and a bedroom that can be separated by a movable wall. “This room is perfect for Italian design lovers,” Kawai muttered as soon as he stepped into the room. “Molteni&C is one of the companies that launched the furniture fair, the predecessor of Salone del Mobile.Milano. It represents Italian modernism. From Gio Ponti to the lighting by a prominent designer in recent years, Michael Anastassiades of FLOS, Gallizia has succeeded to combine masterpieces with contemporary designs. Excellent work by him!”
Kawai also took his hat off to Gallizia for the use of color and light in the room, which the designer was particular about. “The unit is based on a gray color scheme with a hint of orange to give it an extraordinary and special feel. The light from the north-facing window blends in and spreads throughout the space, not too dark, not too bright, but just right. The round-shaped shades also gives off a soft glow.”