Reflections

Kyoto, Japan
09 / 07 / 2018
A project by Sides Core.
Photography: Takumi Ota
Year: 2017
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We find ourselves in Kyoto, in the 2nd floor of a former car showroom, where we discover a bright and relaxing hair salon. Conceived by the Japanese practice Sides Core, the designers wanted to create “an airy space, where breezes can easily flow through.”

Mirrors are one of the most important features in the project: not only because they define hair salons, they also bring the space together. “Flux’s main cutting mirror is suspended from the ceiling and features mirrors on all sides, effectively avoiding a vanity-like feel”, added the studio.

With an industrial-inspired aesthetic, the space is designed to show different perspective and settings as you walk into it. The box-shaped shampoo area in the center divides the entire place, while the main cutting area on the south side is calm and relaxing. An open book-shaped mirror, hanging from the ceiling, provides two clients seats on the outside and one on the inside, with a double-paned mirror. On the south side of the salon, there’s only two client chairs, giving the space a private and relaxing feel. The second tier surrounding the information counter is also the perfect place for selling products or other details.

“Flux” is about flow and change, and defines the openess of the space. But it’s also because “the owner wanted the salon to be like a stage for skilled staff to give their performances, a space that flows and never stands still.”