Our client, a mother of two young kids, wanted to create her own business in her home so that she could work, doing what she loved but also be on hand for her kids when they came home from school. We worked with her to identify the best way to make her dream job a reality. We agreed to use the garage area and set about designing the space to be one of relaxation and calmness for her new beauty salon.
Her home is in central Osaka on a reasonably narrow block with other homes on both sides and behind. The garage was a very dark space with no windows and only a front entrance. We used white corrugated plastic across the whole front entrance to allow soft filtered light to fill the space and give it a calm floaty feeling. Although a lot of light enters the space people on the outside can’t see in.
We used soft colours on the walls and ceilings. We designed shelving for the salon with wood and soft textiles. The wood was curved and the textiles transparent which also gives the room a very soft, relaxing feel.
You would never guess the space used to be a garage for their cars.