Stark minimalism is taken to the nth degree at this Osaka hair salon. Continuing the trend for hairdressers you could easily mistake for art galleries; this little treasure – located sans façade on the second floor of a building in the city’s Shinsaibashi district – makes up for its lack of exterior presence by packing a considerably atmospheric interior, skewed bright-white partitions breaking up the cold industrialist feel of the space, whilst strip lighting lends the studio a sci-fi workshop vibe.
Like its equally edgy Osaka counterpart, IRO, this sleek branch of the DONNA chain (designed by studio Sides Core) does away with traditional ‘stations’, opting for the minimalism of casually leaning mirrors, propped up against the partitions. Pretty as a picture, the owners clearly know their space looks good – as its customers are committed to Polaroid and popped up on a self-contained website that’s part studio portfolio, part street-style blog. A cut above.