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Tomas Maier makes an urgent trip to JapanSave Japan’s
Modern Architecture!

In the spring of 2013, Casa Brutus was unexpectedly contacted by Tomas Maier, Creative Director of Bottega Veneta, saying that he wants to communicate to the world the appeal of Japan’s wonderful modern architecture, and that he wants to start a joint project. It all originated from his respect for Hotel Okura Tokyo.

The design of the Okura is amazing, but unfortunately a lot of people are not aware of how great it is. We wondered if the Japanese themselves don’t fully understand that greatness.

Just as this project got underway in May of 2014 the newspapers reported that the main building of the Hotel Okura Tokyo would be reconstructed.

Is Japan’s modern architecture really OK? Tomas Maier made an urgent trip to Japan to find out what was actually going on. We have talked with him about the future of architecture that is Japan’s global pride.


Save Japan’s Modern Architecture
Tomas Maier in Japan

movie:Masaharu Hasebe, Maho Tomono, Kazuyuki Miyabe

Tomas Maier

Born in Germany. After working as a designer for a number of brands he became Creative Director of Bottega Veneta in 2001. Based in Florida, he also owns homes in New York and Montauk. His villa, under construction in the state of Maine, is designed by Toshiko Mori. One motif is the local traditional barn. Since the villa is near the ocean, Mori employed yakisugi – burnt cedar used in Japanese fishing villages – for its durability. Among Maier’s many favorite architects are Louis Kahn, Richard Neutra and Peter Zumthor.


Bottega Veneta is a luxury lifestyle brand established in Vicenza, Italy. With the motto, "When your own initials are enough" it makes leather goods and ladies' and men's pret-a-porter, fine jewelry, furniture and other products. Tomas Maier has been the Creative Director of Bottega Veneta since 2001. The photograph is of the atelier in Vicenza.