Monday, 22 April 2013


This is 'Onico', a forest-like beauty salon in Osaka, designed by Japanese architect Ryo Isobe. The architect imagined the space as a magical woodland filled with antique objects and other curiosities, including a stuffed owl. 

I found these images on Dezeen while writing my Cool Copper Love blog post last week - and I just loved how original this was compared to more traditional Spa and Beauty salon's.  I love the scattering of birch trees that are wedged between the floor and ceiling.   And I can imagine this to be a real 'experience' and more than just a visit to a beauty salon.

"Our client likes DIY and he makes many objects and furniture by himself," said Isobe. "So we made the space as if it is a treasure hunt in the woods." 

Birch trees are dotted around the space, amongst a styling area containing assorted chairs and mirrors. A mixture of lanterns, chandeliers and bare light bulbs are suspended from the ceiling, while fairy lights are strung up beside a cluster of artificial ivy in the room behind. 

Other details include a decorative balustrade, empty picture frames and a golden dresser.

Did you spot that amazing concrete finish on the walls?

Images via the still blog and dezeen

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