Artist Carefully Chronicles Each of Her Stays at a Variety of Japanese Hotels

Hotel Layout Illustration by Kei Endo

For some, a hotel is simply a temporary place to stay for the night. For others, a hotel can be a fascinating view into a carefully curated world of design and architecture. Hotel-lover and artist Kei Endo documents the different styles of accommodations she stays at in Japan through her ongoing series of watercolor layout illustrations.

From hand-drawing the blueprints of her hotel room (including measurements) to painting the view from the room window, no detail is spared in these meticulous entries. Endo spends an equal amount of time capturing the big picture of these places—like the architecture, size, and placement of objects—as she does highlighting the small, thoughtful details that are associated with hotel stays, like toiletry kits and coffee mugs. As a result, her illustrations are immersive portals to these many different places.

In systematically recording all of these hotel rooms, Endo highlights what these accommodations have in common and what makes all of them unique. Some appear to be more typical in appearance, whereas others stand out for more unique design choices—like a curtain that encircles the bed or a table that is pulled out from the cupboard. Endo makes sure to color all of these entries in the palette of the room, reflecting the ambiance of the dwelling.

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Japanese artist Kei Endo documents the architecture and design of different hotels in Japan in a series of illustrations.

Hotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoHotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoHotel Layout Illustrations by Kei Endo

The paintings include hand-drawn blueprints of her hotel room (including measurements) to the view from her window.

Hotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoHotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoHotel Layout Illustrations by Kei Endo

No detail is spared in these meticulous entries.

Hotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoHotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoHotel Layout Illustrations by Kei Endo

In systematically recording all of these hotel rooms, Endo highlights what these accommodations have in common and what makes all of them unique.

Hotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoHotel Layout Illustrations by Kei Endo

Some appear to be more typical in appearance, whereas others stand out for more unique design choices.

Hotel Layout Illustrations by Kei EndoKei Endo: Website | Instagram | Twitter

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Kei Endo.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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