Tokyo, Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

The Teien Art Museum is a gem of Art Deco architecture, designed by French architect Henri Rapin. It was originally commissioned as an imperial residence by Prince Asaka, who was inspired by his visit to Paris for the World’s Fair of Decorative Arts in 1925. After Paris and St Petersburg, the first tour of The Art of Cartier exhibition culminated in Tokyo, under the curatorship of Gilles Chazal and Machiko Takanami. The motifs of the Cartier Collection found echoes in the geometry of the décor and the designs in the wrought iron railings of this elegant mansion.