Tokyo-based architect Yusuke Seki designed the Kolmio+LIM, a nail salon in Osaka, Japan. Its most distinguishing feature would have to be its iconic triangle division that reflects the meaning of “Kolmio”.
Description by Yusuke Seki:
“Kolmio+LIM” is a nail salon located in Osaka, the western capital of Japan, which is where our client LIM started her first hair salon. They have since expanded their beauty business. “Kolmio” is taken from the name (kolmio+LIM) the Nail Salon means triangle in Finish. The store layout of basic wood and white has been designed to reflect the essential color of natural skin tones, and the space itself is intended to symbolize the process of nail coloring. The zigzag wall and natural lighting refraction make references to the twinkle glitter reflection of nail polish, and the color themes of the design represent the various layers of nail polish applied one after another.
Yusuke based the design, of various tones of white, upon basic natural human nail colors. He tried to express the Japanese proverb “Diverse men, diverse minds”, which directly translates as ‘ten people have ten different colour’; as every person has their own skin color as a base for coloring, to bring a new personality by adding layer upon layer of beauty work requires precision by the nailist.
The colored walls take their inspiration from the neighborhood buildings just outside the window, as a way of incorporating the surrounding aesthetics, as part of an overall interior design theme. “Kolmio” is originally an intricate triangle decoration. This stores’ dynamic shapes are inspired by kolnio and possess an iconic value, as well as providing a functional division through the centre of the space. All of the design methods are inspired by there environment, and the actions all happened surroundings.