OSAKA Zentis Osaka and Tara Bernerd firmly had the design-conscious traveller in mind when the debut hotel from Palace Hotel Group opened this summer. Sat Bal takes a look at their brave new inducements as the sector struggles on.

Based in London’s Belgravia, Tara Bernerd & Partners has become a byword for  intelligent approach to interior space-planning and design, as exemplified by its Zentis Osaka collaboration.

Witness the lobby’s casual welcome which is marked by an imposing sculptural stone stairway that conveys the contemporary, relaxed feel throughout the ground floor, with the lounge providing an intimate escape in the heart of the city. 

The lounge features a glass-framed, double-sided fireplace and encourages privacy or sharing thanks to cosy banquettes and communal sofa groupings. Sets of two chairs and a table have been placed near the window to capture as much of the greenery outdoors as possible and bring a connection to nature. 

Atmosphere reigns in the second-floor bar and lounge, designed to create a seductive, moodier tone. The bespoke bar, made from locally sourced tiles, divides the lounge and restaurant seamlessly giving each area its own identity while continuing the design language of the level below.

The blue tones continue throughout the restaurant where patterned floor tiles and a feature bookcase add texture, and the view into the kitchen delivers drama for diners.

Tara Bernerd’s eye was firmly on the aesthetics of the Zentis brand, visualising the guest rooms as traditional Japanese bento boxes. Traditional art pieces by a local Japanese artist were commissioned as a cue to the hotel’s vibrant location.

“We were thrilled to be brought on board to help Palace Hotel Group bring its new hotel concept to life. We approached the design with our signature style, one of approachable luxury with an industrial edge. With a focus on fresh palettes and raw materials, each space possesses a handsome, and ultimately timeless elegance, catering for a sophisticated patronage seeking a unique offering in the heart of Osaka.”  Tara Bernerd, Founder, Tara Bernerd & Partners



1-4-26 Dojimahama, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0004 Japan