Brought to life by André Fu Studio, F&B outlets Sézanne and Maison Marunouchi at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi blend of gastronomy and design. As the designer of MOTIF, the hotel’s former French restaurant, Fu came to the project with a close knowledge of the hotel as well as the city. Drawing on the boutique nature of the 57-key property, the designer has created a space that is intimate and subtle.
“I wanted to reflect the ‘hidden gem’ sensibility of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi,” explains Fu. “My vision revolves around creating a duet of dining experiences that are set against the urbanity of its buzzling Tokyo Station neighborhood. The mindset here is about cultivating a sense of escape from the city with two destinations that are highly contrasting and layered.”
Drawing on his own multicultural background, Fu adopted a nuanced approach bridging European principles of beauty and Eastern qualities, traditions, and modernity for the design of Sézanne. The journey begins with a lounge salon with French-style paneling and vintage-inspired velvet chairs. A sculptural artwork by British artist Annie Morris, named Stack 8, occupies a prominent position within the lounge, adding a colorful point of focus.
Across from Sézanne, Fu has created Maison Marunouchi – a contemporary and dynamic dining experience for the everyday. In contrast to Sézanne, Maison Marunouchi is a French bistro, evoking a lively, energetic spirit. Employing a rich and vibrant palette of tangerine orange, olive green, and rattan textures, the bistro is furnished with authentic Thonet chairs and bespoke bronze tables to evoke a modern Parisian flair. Lush planting has also been introduced to accentuate this lifestyle escape with Tokyo Station’s heritage scenic view as a backdrop.
Photo: Sézanne, Courtesy of André Fu Studio