Japanese beauty salon standards: 20 projects that combine form and function
More than ever; today a trip to a hairdressing or beauty salon has become a well-deserved moment of escape. It promises an ultimately uplifting and relaxing experience with an aesthetically pleasing result. However, this case, like many others, depends on a supported physical setting; a space whose efficient design can make or break one’s leisure time. Many spatial considerations must be made when setting up a successful and functional beauty salon, and there are no better examples to consider than quaint Japanese beauty salons.
In the proposed cases, the owners turned to interior designers to optimize their beauty salons and correctly implement the necessary requirements. It all starts with visual appeal which should resonate with the homeowner’s own sense of aesthetics and provide a tasteful display that customers will relate to and go for. Designers will develop a visual concept, material selection and mood for the existing space.
Designers then shape their intended aesthetic with functional interventions. It is important to create a convenient flow between separate workspaces. A smart layout should have every action (e.g. waiting rooms, dye preparation area, washing area, etc.) separate from the others, ensuring that everything stays clean and making it easy to move and overlap work. The project references below all suggest a dynamic plan, with unobstructed and flexible circulation. In many cases, these corridors or connecting areas are enhanced by lighting fixtures or by the arrangement of furniture.
Japanese beauty salons, run by interior design professionals, have a way of blending form and function.
Lula Hair Salon / YYA / Yusuke Yoshino Architects
Laughter Hair Salon / SIDES CORE
Siki Salon / FATHOM
LIM・loji hair salon / Schemata Architects
MARE Eyedesign / Yasuhiro Sawa design office
Master Hair Salon / FATHOM
Hair Atelier Bruno / Yuji Tanabe Architects
Neute de Maitre / FATHOM
Color Stand Hair Salon / FATHOM
Share JAM Lounge / kfuna
COCOON / KAMITOPEN beauty salon
PURETE Lounge / Yumiko Tokuno Architecture Office
BED / Sohei Arao
LAND Lounge / CORE SIDES
Atelier Toiro Living Room / Hitotomori Architects
Rowen esaka living room / Naoya Matsumoto Design
QOL Hair Salon / Niimori Jamison Architects + Yoneda Architect Atelier
Westory Hair Salon / Yoshihiro Kato Atelier
Beauty salon in Harajuku / nanoscale architecture
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