We performed the interior design for a beauty salon. Deliverables included a space exuding the radiance associated with beautiful, vibrant and shiny hair brimming with vitality. Therefore, we endeavored to create a space that would envelop the body in such radiance by making the entire ceiling into a luminous crystal symbolizing the ideal of resplendent hair.

Project Name:  Crystalscape
Design Firm:  Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Design Team:  Moriyuki Ochiai, Jillian Lei, Marie Uno
Use:  Beauty salon
Location: Tokyo Japan
Client:  Spea international
Constructor: Seiko Service / Aslego
Pottery Art Design: Moriyuki Ochiai
Pottery Art production: Nanzan Ito
Special paint: Osamu Yamaguchi
Photo:  Fumio Araki

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Metallic waves(Please refer to below for more information), representing the bright, aerial, gracious way in which hair flows, are intricately weaved into a white matrix of geometric patterns (a lattice structure featuring a signature color gradation of white and wooden tones) to produce a mystical luminous crystal from which a subdued light scatters as it bounces off the creases in the metal. Abundant expressivity is imparted to the crystal of light by the overlapping of the white lattice and the metal wave, with the former gushing through the space like sparkling whitewater, and the latter producing a current filled with vibrant vitality.

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Structurally, the white lattice compound consists of three-dimensional lattice objects inserted between layers of planar grid objects, which are arranged to mutually interact, thereby further diversifying one’s experience of space’s depth and expanse. The light reflected off the metal waves and penetrating the white lattice produces intricate and constantly evolving expressions throughout the entire space that enables patrons to experience an ever-changing atmosphere as this layered structure will be perceived differently depending on their relative position and line of sight at any given time.

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Furthermore, we created a space in which minute shifts in natural light can be felt throughout the day and the seasons, and the evolving landscape appreciated to the fullest, by playing with the configuration of the white lattice/metal wave compound according to each area and increasing the circumvolutions in the metal waves acting as reflectors inside the haircutting area where natural light comes in the most. By increasing the density of the white matrix above the central aisle, we were able to lower the height of the ceiling and break up the rhythm to create a cozy and inviting space where the body can become immersed in a hushed vibe as it passes under the white crystal covering the ceiling.
Moreover, variations in the purple and powdery silver color gradation on the walls surrounding the shampooing area confer the sparkle of life to space. We sought to honor the beauty of hair and replicate the spatial experience of penetrating into its mysterious radiance and profound depth through the repeated entwinement of layers of lattice and metal.

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Design method- ORIGAMI, KIMONO, FUROSHIKI – Japanese spirit of Monodzukuri
In a country with limited resources such as Japan, the spirit of Monodzukuri is the epitome of ingenuity at the service of craftsmanship.

From a single sheet of paper, which can be folded into a variety of shapes, emerged the art of Origami From a single bolt of fabric was born one of Japan’s most iconic garments: the Kimono From a single piece of cloth, which can be used to wrap and carry all sorts of objects, came the Furoshiki

Taking inspiration from this cultural background, we used a single finite material—aluminum—as a simple planar surface from which we created an engaging three-dimensional space that fulfills various functions and requirements at once.

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