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German design puts cool spin on Tokyo laundromat

Freddy Leck turns washing clothes into a fun, social event

Freddy Leck laundromats, complete with chandeliers and cafes, are meant to turn washing clothes into a social activity.

TOKYO -- Washing clothes is not something that sets most people's hearts racing. But that may change, at least in Tokyo, where an upscale laundromat is putting a bit of fun into a tedious household chore.

This summer, Freddy Leck sein Waschsalon Tokyo, opened in the city's Meguro district. The Japanese cousin of the Berlin-born laundromat is introducing residents to a new design philosophy that is evident in everything from the shop's interior to the products it sells.

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