Harmonising Indoor and Outdoor Living

One of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve ever visited is the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan, crafted in the 17th century for the imperial family. I’ve dedicated a journal article to this masterpiece (check it out here). The interiors of the villa are beautifully simple, yet the entire architectural design was orchestrated to capture the essence […]

Creating a Cozy Haven

In continuation of last month’s discussion on indoor air quality, this month, we delve into the essence of what truly makes a home comfortable. Who doesn’t yearn for a nurturing sanctuary? Yet, many homes fall short of providing true comfort: from the jarring noise of early morning flights in a loft room to the stifling […]

The Key to Healthy Indoor Air

As the days lengthen and winter comes to an end, the yearning to fling open our windows grows stronger. For many, winter signifies a time when our homes are sealed shut, trapping stale air within. In this month’s journal, let’s talk about the significance of air quality. Studies reveal that indoor air quality in the […]

Evoking the Essence of Japan

In spring last year, we created a Japan-inspired peaceful haven in Ealing, London for a professional couple who recently emigrated from Hong Kong. The couple had a deep appreciation for Japanese culture, and tasked us with bringing their vision to life. Sustainability and ethical sourcing were top priorities. The result is a pocket of peace […]

Yoko’s Finds: Winter Gift Guide 2023

As we near the winter solstice, appreciating the sun’s blessings becomes ever more poignant. Our December on Instagram has been devoted to sharing ’25 Ways to Embrace Seasonal Living’. Living in sync with the changing seasons isn’t just about adapting; it’s about cultivating a deeper connection with nature’s rhythms. Seasonal living champions mindful eating, conscious consumption, and […]

The Newt in Somerset

As an architectural studio, we aim to create cherished moments within the spaces we craft. Private homes hold a special place in our hearts as they often mean the most to people. When a last-minute invitation to experience The Newt in Somerset came my way, I jumped on the opportunity without hesitation. The Newt in […]

Visiting an Enchanting Villa

Following my recent long-awaited trip to Japan, high on my list while back in Kyoto was to visit one of my favourite spots in the city: Katsura Imperial Villa. Spread over almost 16 acres, this enchanting natural complex was built by a member of the Imperial Family in the 17th century, almost 380 years ago. […]

5 Beautiful Boutique Inns – Kyoto

Steeped in rich history and archetypal of Japanese design, traditional ryokans (inns) have existed since as early as the eighth century, and continue to encompass the distinctive features we recognise in Japanese architecture today. Hidden within the atmospheric city of Kyoto where I grew up, many of these inns have been restored to reflect a […]

When Past Meets Present in Putney

In 2020, Yoko Kloeden Design transformed a dated Edwardian townhouse in the heart of south-west London into a contemporary oasis for a corporate power-couple and their toddler. Seeking a place of solace and serenity after taxing days in the office, our clients set upon an all-encompassing double story extension to allow more room for their […]

Creating a Culinary Inspired Home

In 2020, Yoko Kloeden Design reimagined the idea of a ‘cook’s kitchen’ as an inspiring space for Cameroonian chef Carine Ottou, who runs her culinary business from her Victorian terrace home in Brixton. Living there with her husband and two young children, Carine wanted to transform the home into a gastronomic haven – including synonymous […]