Chiba, Japan – In Japan, ‘Arkhe’ refers to the ancient belief that water is the source of all life. When architecture practice Moriyuki Ochiai began to design the interiors of the Arkhe Beauty Salon, water was the obvious inspiration. Rather than a classic interpretation of the element, the designers used industrial materials to create a futuristic space.
The ceiling, which is made out of recycled aluminium, is a large sculpture featuring curves and bends to represent the ebb and flow of water. Moreover, the fluid shape of the metal allows for ever-changing light, much like the reflection of light on shimmering water.
With silver-painted walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and the light-shifting aluminium ceiling, the Arkhe salon is reminiscent of our Industrial Futurism design direction, in which designers create other-worldly designs with industrial materials.