Jeté hair salon
by Sides Core


White walls are sandwiched between the exposed concrete ceiling and floor of this minimal hair salon in Kobe by Japanese designers Sides Core (+ slideshow).

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

Sides Core transformed a former cafe on the ground floor of an apartment block into a salon by stripping out the space and changing the original entrance into a window while moving the main access to the back door.

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

Translucent curtains are draped over the large windows on two walls and four gold spotlights provide the room with additional lighting.

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

Two freestanding easel mirrors paired with dissimilar chairs and a small black table are the only pieces of furniture in the cutting space, while a shampooing chair and sink sit in a niche created by a partition beside the door.

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

Equipment is kept hidden from view in a small store room clad in wood on the other side of the entrance.

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

The most recent hair salons we've featured include a pop-up salon by Zaha Hadid and Fudge at London Design Festival and one covered in ceramic tiles laid in a traditional English brickwork pattern. See all our stories about salons »

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

Photography is by Yoshiro Masuda.

Read on for more text from Sides Core:

There are just some places you never want to leave.

Theme parks, parks, and pubs, and for me it’s especially when I visit my friends’ home that I feel this way. There is nothing special about the doors or windows of this shop, and there are no large signs to be found. To start with, it is situated in part of the first floor of an apartment building. I think that the appearance of this shop is not that of a shop that is intimidating, but rather, that of a shop that possesses a perfect sense of comfort. That's the reason you just never want to leave.

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

When I first asked about my client's requirements, I got a sense of this perfection. I thought that the site, its location, and the services provided were very understated. The client's wish was to create a place that prized relationships between people over all else. That's why I felt that it was up to me to create something in a way that combined "just right" with the client's "wish."

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

I went about making my sense of "just right" and the client's "wish" into reality. I made the existing door into the entrance and hung a plate on the doorknob for its sign. I then put lace curtains on the windows to ensure that no one could see too much, whether inside or out. I made sure that the set mirror was not too big and made it lightweight enough to provide for easy movement. Doing so allows one to change the room's mood with ease.

Jete hair salon by Sides Core

When I thought about my client's wish to foster relationships between people, I wanted to create a place where two people could come and spend time without feeling constrained. To put it another way, I wanted to make it into a place where couples or parents with children would not hesitate to visit. For it is my sincerest wish for this to be a place involved in the creation and continuance of relationships.

  • rob t

    There’s minimal and then there’s unfurnished. So many questions… What happened to the budget for furnishing the place? What about raising, lowering and rotating the chairs? Few hair stylists will operate comfortably without a counter on which to place equipment and a wall on which to hang mirrors and blow dryers. I suppose everything lives in the corner storage with the brush, pan and waste bins? That’s brush-under-the-carpet minimalism – hide it all and hope nobody ever finds out.

  • C Mc

    Must agree with the previous comment. As a hairdresser, and fan of architecture, this is perhaps the least conducive agreement between "style" and function one can imagine.

  • Studio One

    This is amazing! It oozes class and style – perfect for a hair salon!