Behind a blond oak reception desk at the Hotel Kabuki, a factory-paned window installation inlaid with a historic map of San Francisco Bay wraps the wall and cantilevers out over the ceiling, while a custom rug celebrates the art of shodo calligraphy.
A mezzanine was demolished to create 19-foot-tall ceilings in the lobby where a Douglas fir crossbeam features hot-rolled steel brackets, a nod to Japanese farmhouses.
Sunlight from the Japanese garden flows into the expansive lobby, where seating nooks and exposed shelves create a feeling of intimacy in the grand space.
Given its proximity to the Fillmore, the hotel pays homage to the historic music venue with a wall dressed in covers of iconic albums.
Guestrooms boast stitched leather furniture and charcoal accent walls dotted with artwork that references Japanese graphics from the early 20th century.
Headboards and drapery in the rooms call to mind shibori, the Japanese art of dyeing cloth, while also channeling San Francisco’s hippie-era love of tie-dye.