Not your average salon space, Hair Salon Slundre is a standout location. Slundre, a word associated with the feeling of “slowly but surely", aimed to become a hair salon that took root in the region, steadily but slowly, whilst growing. A place that offers the best hairstyles on the market and somewhere that a variety of people can gather and connect. In the words of the team at Slundre, a place where something interesting is born.
Boasting a sophisticated yet functional design by Cohta Asano from BHIS Architects, this Japanese salon occupies the glazed top floor of a shop in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. The existing space previously housed a restaurant, and featured a roof that angled inward creating two triangular indents on one side of the space to create a glazed gable wall. Influenced by the shape of the roof, Asano created a series of custom partitions and furniture.
The resulting angles help divide up the space for various functions, as well as creating storage, while ensuring the 137-square-metre salon retains the biggest capacity. The existing steel frame was incorporated into the design, with new additions to support some of the walls.
There is an interesting motivation behind this unique space, an urge to create a haven for more than just fantastic hair. With a vision to influence the industry and clients alike, the team at Slundre tell us about their inspirations behind creating their salon.
Tell us about the salon design. What inspired you?
The shop’s ceiling was originally triangle-shaped, so we came up with an idea that converted all objects (walls, shelves, mirrors, etc) into the same shape. Using unpainted wood, iron pillars and furniture, such as chairs, we added colours into our space. The main floor of the large space incorporates American industrial design centred on midcentury. A sub-floor lounge room is based on Brooklyn, New York, and Slundre is made up of these two spaces. Our store space is available not only as a hair salon, but also for various workshops. We aim to be a location where we can interact and collaborate widely with local creators and artists.
What salon treatments and products do you offer?
We feature naturally finished hair styles, highlights and Balayage colouring. In-salon we utilise L’Oréal Professionnel, Wella Professionals and Japanese products, ARIMINO and Hoyu.
Describe your salon in 8 words
New salon that continues evolving above and beyond.
ARCHITECT: Cohta Asano of BHIS
PHOTOGRAPHY: Toshiyuki Azuma