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A Touch of Home in Kyoto

Interview with General Manager, Tuji Tanaka 06.06.2016

At The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, the simple design and sumptuous feel of Frette linens fit perfectly with the hotel’s locally inspired design. General manager Tuji Tanaka shares the importance of providing guests with this familiar luxury.

What was the design inspiration for The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto?

Kyoto and its many machiya (Japanese townhomes) were the main source of inspiration. The resort’s overall design concept is based on five key words and feelings: utage (festive), seido (serenity and movement), miyabi (elegance), hana (splendid) and nagomi (harmony). Our design is also in harmony with the historical neighborhood and fuses traditional and contemporary styles to retain the character and aesthetic of an authentic Meiji house and courtyard.

How does the Frette product add to the design of the hotel?

The beds in our guest rooms have a very simple, elegant aesthetic, and all the sheets are white. The Frette sheets make that simple design feel and look luxurious. Many of our guests are arriving from far away, and Kyoto is unbelievably foreign and exotic to them. Providing comfort when they’re so far from home is one of our top priorities, and Frette sheets make that possible.

What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom/room?

Color, texture and organization.

What are the most important decorative elements in your own home?

The layout of my living room is the most important. I love entertaining guests, so it’s important to me to have a space where my friends and family can gather and stay a while.

How do you define luxury?

To me, luxury is many things. It’s collecting experiences in new, beautiful places while having every detail taken care of. And, of course, ending the day in my own Frette sheets.


Mr. Tuji Tanaka, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. 

About Frette

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Since 1860, Frette has endeavored to produce linens and home furnishings of unparalleled quality. Known for their chic, original design and inimitable finish and feel, Frette bed linens can be found in many of the world’s most prestigious hotels as well as in the most discerning private homes, yachts and aircrafts.