The Indigenous Patterns and Hotel Okura
Tokyo: 1964. First edition. A beautifully produced book on one of the most beloved and exquisitely designed luxury hotels in the world, a mid-century modern interior design classic. The author has dedicated the book "To Mr & Mrs J. Crince Le Roy, with my very best personal regards. Tokyo, 12 Aug. 1969." Bound in blue cloth / linen, with silver lettering and title to front. Numerous photographs - both colour and b/w. Also a beautiful colour fold-out print of the hotel by Ken-ichi Shigeoka at the front. 104 pp. 300 x 230 mm (11¾ x 9 inches). The main wing of the Hotel Okura has now been demolished and modernised to reopen in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Other claims to fame: In 1976 JVC chose the Hotel Okura to showcase the world's first VHS Video cassette recorder. In Ian Fleming's novel You Only Live Twice, James Bond stays at the Okura while in Japan.
Johannes Crince Le Roy was KLM Airlines Manager for Japan and Korea for 12 and a half years. Whilst in Tokyo, he and his wife Joke were important (and well loved) socialites.
Condition: Lack original slipcase. Slight sun fading to spine. Neat author dedication to title page. Internally, book is in a fine / as new condition.