Yusuke Seki


Project Information

Open Month / Year
September, 2013
Takumi Ota


The Nail Salon is designed with iconic triangle division as it reflected the meaning of " Kolmio".

“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.

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Yusuke Seki


Yusuke Seki are Japan based Design team.

Their approach to design challenges is to conceptualise and revaluate into irreplaceable design with new interpretations. His designs embrace simplicity and minimalism at first glance and his inspiration comes directly from aspects which already exist within the context: such as materials, location, histories; all gathered and represented through the formal design approach. The function is essential in his design but through his work he focuses on facts and phenomena from the environment, including the essential design methods from the past, passed through to the future.


The Great Indoors Award 2015

The American Architecture Prize 2016 Platinum Award

The German Design Award 2017


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♯703 3-27-9 Gohongi
Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Zip 153-0053 Japan


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Zip 602-8245 Japan