Japanese architect Cohta Asano has turned an angular space that once housed a restaurant into a snazzy hair salon. The Hair Salon Slundre in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture is nestled between two triangular indents on one side and a glazed gable wall on the other. Embracing the architecture of the space, the designers chose angular and faceted furniture made of laminated veneer lumber.
The designers of the 137-square-foot space took advantage of the sharp angles and used them to divide the hair salon into areas with different functions. They kept the existing steel frame and incorporated it into the design. Additional support was introduced, creating a distinct space that doesn’t look like your average hair salon.
The area for mixing hair color is next to the space with shampooing sinks, while a toilet occupies a small space in the corner. Shelves, storage spaces and cabinets were designed to fit the changing height of the rooms and feature strips of wood that match the material of the back wall. Mirrors and silver pendant lights create a sleek atmosphere with focused lighting.
Images by Toshiyuki Azuma