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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ⓒFumio Araki

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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ⓒFumio Araki

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 the 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.

Crystalscape By MORIYUKI OCHIAI ARCHITECTS - Sheet8
ⓒFumio Araki

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 hair cutting 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 confers the sparkle of life to the 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.

ⓒFumio Araki

→【 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.


Design Firm : Moriyuki Ochiai Architects Moriyuki Ochiai, born in Tokyo, Japan is an architect and designer. He established his own studio, Moriyuki Ochiai Architects that is active in architectural, interior, furniture,landscape and industrial design. The sources of our inspirations come from being captivated by the vivacious and lively beauty of nature or life. We can also feel the influence coming from the delicate sensitivity responding to the unique Japanese nature, which can be found in Japanese temples and gardens. We wish to continue creating works that fulfill people’s dreams, become the energy for their lives, and then move on to a deeper dimension that exceeds life itself.

2) Office www.moriyukiochiai.com [email protected] Tel:+81-3-3984-1320 Fax: +81-3-6452-5360 sodacco5F,9-10 Daikanyama,Shibuya,Tokyo 1500034, Japan 1510051, Japan 3) Award( Firm)

-2018
・German Design Award 2018 Winner -Interior Architecture- ( German design council )
・A’ Design Award 2018 Winner ( Italy )
・Architecture Master Prize 2018 Winner in Architectural Design ( USA )
・Architecture Master Prize 2018 Winner in Landscape Architecture ( USA )
・Best of Year Award 2018 Honorees/ Exhibition & Installation category ( INTERIOR DESIGN mag. / USA )
・Best of Year Award 2018 Honorees/ Beauty & Spa category ( INTERIOR DESIGN mag. / USA )

-2017
・A’ Design Award 2017 Silver Winner ( Italy )
・A’ Design Award 2017 Winner ( Italy )
・Archdaily Building of the Year 2017 nominee ( USA )

-2016
・A’ Design Award 2016 Silver Winner ( Italy )
・SBID(Society of British Interior Design) International Design Award 2016 finalist – Retail Design- ( UK )
・International Design Award Honorable Mention ( USA )

-2015
・INTERIOR DESIGN Best of Year Awards 2015 ” Best of Year / 1st prize “ – Counter Service category – ( INTERIOR DESIGN magazine_USA )
・Restaurant & Bar Design Award 2015 1st PRIZE / Decorative lighting (UK)
・SBID(Society of British Interior Design) International Design Award 2015 finalist -Restaurant&Bar-( UK )
・German Design Award 2015 Special mention – Excellent Communications Design / Interior Design -( German design council )
・German Design Award 2015 Nominee -Excellent Communications Design/ Interior Design- ( German design council )
-2014
・Restaurant & Bar Design Awards2014 Best Works / Decorative lighting (UK)
・INTERIOR DESIGN Best of Year Awards 2014 Honoree -Food retail category – ( INTERIOR DESIGN magazine_USA )
・A’ Design Award 2014 Winner ( Italy )

-2013
・INTERIOR DESIGN Best of Year Awards 2013 ” Best of Year / 1st prize “ -Food retail category – ( INTERIOR DESIGN magazine_USA )
・Red Dot Design Award 2013 ( Germany )
・LEAF International Interior Design Award 2013 Commercial Building of the Year shortlist ( Germany )
・German Design Award 2013 nominee -architecture/interior category -( German design council )
・German Design Award 2013 nominee -exhibition design category – ( German design council )
・Modern Decoration International Media Award 2013 ” Annual Restaurant & Bar Space Award “( Modern Decoration magazine_ China )
・JCD ( Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association) Design Award 2013 Selected Award
・Japan Sign Design Association Award 2013 Selected Award

-2012
・iF Communication Design Award 2012 ” GOLD AWARD ” -architecture/interior category – ( Germany )
・iF Communication Design Award 2012 -exhibition/trade fair category – ( Germany )
・SBID ( Society of British Interior Design ) International Design Award2012 ” Best Commercial Space / 1st prize ” ( UK )
・Red Dot Design Award ( Germany )
・International Architecture Awards 2012 Shortlist ( USA )
・JCD ( Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association) Design Award 2012 Selected Award

-2011
・INTERIOR DESIGN Best of Year Awards 2011 ” Best of Year / 1st Prize ” -Beauty/Spa Category-( INTERIOR DESIGN magazine_USA )
・Modern Decoration International Media Award ” Annual Commercial Space Design Award / 1st prize “( Modern Decoration magazine_ China )
・Contractworld.Award 2011 Shortlist New Generation ( AIT_Germany )
・Japan Display Design Association Award 2011 Selected Award -salon category-
・Japan Display Design Association Award 2011 Selected Award -shop category-
・Japan Sign Design Association Award 2011 Selected Award

-2010
・Design for Asia Awards 2010 Merit Award ( HongKong Design Center )
・Japan Kids Design Association Award 2010
・JCD ( Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association) Design Award 2010 Selected Award
・Japan Display Design Association Award 2010 Selected Award
・Japan Sign Design Association Award 2010 Selected Award

-2009
・Japan Sign Design Association Award 2009 Selected Award

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