Ne, Beauty salon, Osaka

This hairdresser’s shop located in the centre of Osaka was designed for a young couple that had started up their own business. The narrow space doesn’t reveal its actual purpose and is conceived as a narrative sequence of abstract objects and volumes. An iconic staircase that contains the washroom and backroom marks the waiting area and also serves as seating accommodation and display. Free-standing mirrored screens are positioned in the otherwise empty cutting area like sculptures. The lights and doors to the storage area fold out of the walls allowing them to appear as though they are made of sheets of paper.

Photographer: Takumi Ota