Tired of sterile beauty salons with ugly posters on the wall? Then you might want to take a peek at the striking Onico Hair and Beauty Salon in Osaka, Japan. Designed by Ryo Isobe in concert with a client who loves DIY projects, the small space boasts beautiful Birch trees that appear to buttress the ceiling, a lot of natural light, and a smattering of curious up-cycled or antique objects that combined create an interior wonderland aesthetic.
A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and mirrors, moody chandeliers and some exposed lighting fixtures and even – to our dismay – a stuffed owl. While we could live with an interior woodland without the owl, there is no doubting its overall contribution to the fantasy affect.
In keeping with Japanese minimalism, the furnishings are sparse and the space is exceptionally well lit and ventilated. Cut outs in the wall permit daylighting and viewpoints to other parts of the beauty salon. The light-colored walls help create a sense of expansiveness – as though, after dark, one could get lost in this interior forest.