The owners insisted on placing a rolling farmhouse door (a single piece of zelkova wood from a Meiji-period Japanese tokonoma!) and against the wishes of the designer, Axel Vervoordt. Before then, the room opened up to a panoramic window.
With the help of Tatsuro Miki, Vervoordt has built an old stone chateau placed in a Japanese village on the penthouse floor of Robert De Niro & Ira Drukier's hotel.
The rim of the bathtub is made out of a 17th-century stone farm trough, and I need to drink a cup of tea and soak in it now.