On December 1, 2016 The Finn Juhl Hotel in Hakuba, Japan opened for business in a former lodge and is entirely decorated with furniture by the Danish modern design master Finn Juhl.
The boutique hotel is nestled at the base of one of the most popular skiing destinations in Japan, surrounded by the Japanese Alps. The suave hotel combines Scandinavian design sensibilities with Japanese elegance.
The founders of One Collection, Ivan Hansen and Hans Henrik Sørensen were granted the rights to produce Finn Juhl’s designs in 1990 by the designer’s widow, Hanne Wilhelm Hansen. Since then, Onecollection has helped protect and carry on the legacy of Finn Juhl. That is why stores with an explicit focus on displaying and selling Finn Juhl has opened around the world in recent years.
Later Hansen and Sørensen purchased a vintage ski chalet in Nagano and outfitted it completely in the Danish furniture master’s creations.
Everywhere the hotel, which makes up six double guest rooms, each named after a Juhl piece (the Chieftain, the Poet, the Japan, the Pelican, the 46 and the France), exudes a sense of downplayed elegance, from the soft bedlinen and organic toiletries to the cozy lighting. There are several shared lounge areas, a dining hall and a basement bar. The hotel also acts as a showroom for OneCollection.
As for the interiors, they are characterized by simple white walls, exposed beams, hardwood floors, and an open layout in the common areas.
Nagano has more than 100 ski runs and features mountain heights up to nearly 10,000 feet. The hotel is located just steps from the ski-jumping hill used during Nagano’s 1998 Winter Olympics.
Onecollection already has deep ties to Japan, as part of the Finn Juhl range of furniture is produced there in the company’s Japanese workshop.
Just now, through 22 December there’s a Finn Juhl furniture exhibition at A. Petersen in Copenhagen
One Year Anniversary for Danish Design Hotel in Japan, written by Tor Kjolberg