IRO, the elegance of humble materials

iro-reiichi-ikeda-architecture-arquitectura-more-with-less-design-19Generally, a hair salon involves a number of different steps that must always be completed. Waiting, shampooing, cutting and so on are procedures that make up the conventional ‘traffic line’ that characterizes a hairdresser. With that in mind, Reiichi Ikeda of reiichi ikeda design, along with graphic designer Yuma Harada of UMA/design farm, has designed IRO.

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Located in Osaka, Japan, IRO hair salon might seem unfinished due to its bare concrete floor and exposed ceiling. However, these deceivingly simple features only underscore a taste for natural clarity, elegance and sobriety.

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IRO hair salon‘s simple interior contains a wooden counter on top of a brick floor that welcomes the client and a series of joinery pieces that double up as room dividers, hiding the storage and washing areas.

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The glass on IRO’s shop window is embellished with diagonal lines intended to produce a moiré pattern at the viewpoints where the lines overlap.

The angle of the lines on the façade matches the IRO logo, in which the ‘O’ has been rotated 23.43 degrees to be parallel to the axis of the earth

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With the light streaming through the diagonal lines and its shadows changing from season to season, IRO hair salon is the epitome of Japanese design, where everything is perfectly balanced, restrained and elegant. There are never ostentations, nothing is over the top.

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Photography is by Yoshiro Masuda

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