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October 26, 2018
Text: Jesse Dorris
Canoma’s Communal Salon in Tokyo Embodies Its Design Philosophy
The so-called “sharing economy” isn’t just changing the way people work—it’s also transforming the spaces they work in. That’s what Tokyo-based firm Canoma proposes with Shaire Salon, located the city’s Harajuku district.
Stylists can rent any of the dozen booths that chief designer Shinsuke Yokoyama carved out of 1,800 square-foot raw space. “I wanted to reproduce the experience of narrow streets in an old town,” Yokoyama says, “the sense of entering consecutive stores.” High-precision wooden partitions form clear boundaries, unified by expanses of both clear and opaque glass that create privacy while allowing the salon’s ample natural light to fill every area. The plaster walls are finished in a gloss designed to reflect that light, joined by smooth stone flooring used everywhere in the salon apart from the shampoo room, which utilizes vinyl in a concrete pattern.
Yokoyoma calls it “a simple design,” unified by repetitions of material changed only in scale—a lesson in less-is-more that, much like the salon, is worth sharing.