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When thinking of a beauty salon’s interior, what one usually has in mind is a ‘feminine’ space with pastel colours, some nice ornate decoration, intimate corners, and ambient lighting. But not in Japan, where studio Sides Core created a charmingly stripped-down space for housing hairdresser and cosmetician services. The owner of the salon Equip and the architects worked closely together on every minute phase of the project: They searched and found a perfect spot for the business in the form of a small property in a quiet neighbourhood, matching the criterion that guests should arrive to a welcoming, calm place.

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Despite the limited size, the interior appears to be spacious, which is due to the high ceilings, and sparse fittings and furnishings. The shop consists of a single room, with the back, more intimate tract divided by a symbolic wooden frame structure. Puritanism is present throughout the whole concept: walls are kept bare, letting the exposed concrete’s raw beauty take centre stage.

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Furniture is kept to the essentials, with a small waiting section at the door, and functional chairs and desks for the beauty rituals. Nevertheless, they were selected with the greatest attention as they are reflective of the owner’s philosophy. As an avid mountaineer, he finds beauty in the unexpected, that you never really know where you end up when out in the nature. Following this ideology, pieces that will age well were selected for the interior, thus, the look of the saloon is shaped by the guests.

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Source: UrDesignMag
Photos: Yoshiro Masuda

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