Kei Endo is an accomplished architect and draughtswoman. And she also enjoys staying at hotels, which was the beginning of a wonderful side-hustle that brought together the best of both her worlds, and resulted in a new book deal. Endo reports on the hotels she stays in through detailed, accurate and colorful survey drawings that capture everything from room measurements and layouts to color palettes and amenities. We featured her work last year and, since then, her sketches have become so popular she’s decided to turn them into a book.
Endo’s new book, titled Tokyo Hotel Sketch (2,750 yen), includes sketches of over 20 hotels all around Tokyo. They’re grouped into different categories such as historic, colorful and minimal. Although the text is only in Japanese, the book can still be enjoyed both by travelers planning their next trip to Tokyo, as well as those who appreciate Endo’s beautiful sketches.
Hotel rooms can sometimes just be a place to rest your tired body. But these illustrations by Kei Endo make us appreciate the finer details of each room, and how unique they all are. The way the light hits the furniture, the dimensions of all the objects; I don’t think we’ll ever be able to look at a hotel room the same ever again.