Every week we highlight those submissions which have been frequented by our readers and jury, in the lead up to the reveal of Interiors of the Month winners and honourable mentions. Here are the five most-viewed spaces between 7 to 14 May 2021.

1. SOCIAL HARMONY

Nosigner

A signage system designed by Japan-based social design studio Nosigner, Social Harmony (currently scored at 8.5; Cultural Space) is aimed at helping maintain social distancing in a more fun, proactive way. A musical score is positioned on the floor, and when people stand at the equally spaced notes, a melody begins to play. Leni Popovici, founding director and partner at KAP Studio called the project a ‘really wonderful, simple and effective approach to a very new urban design challenge.’ ‘Encouraging social distancing while engaging people creatively is a lovely and unexpected combination.’

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2. LINE+ OFFICE

Gad Line+ Studio

At 1,300-sq-m, Gad Line+ Studio’s Hangzhou office is suited for the architects’ daily work, meetings, exhibitions and events. The space (6.35; Small Office) – designed by the firm itself – was renovated from a former ladder classroom and dormitory, and it takes advantage of the original layout to fulfill its new functions. A monochrome, layered palette was utilized throughout the interior. ‘I like the layering of the materiality and spatial levels,’ comments Calzada Fox co-founder and colour specialist Justine Fox. ‘But I do think the colour palette could be more human.’

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3. MINGZHE WATER SPIRITUAL REALM HEALTH CLUB

Mogao Design

Guiyang spa Mingzhe Water Spiritual Realm Health Club (7.31; Health Club) is a technology-driven destination designed to take guests through a ‘transcendental experience journey’. Mogao Design incorporated numerous ethereal elements in the space and employed reflective materials to make people feel as if in a fairytale as they receive wellness services. ‘This is indeed dreamy and like stepping into another world,’ says Veronica Givone, managing director of hospitality at IA Interior Architects. ‘I can’t see any mention of a sustainable approach, though. Spas are typically hard on resources and it would have been great to see some innovation here.’

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Photos: Keishin Horikoshi

4. DENIS HAIR SALON TOKYO

Kooo Architects

For Tokyo barbershop Denis Hair Salon (5.17; Single-Brand Store), Kooo Architects visualized bringing ‘a corner shop on the streets of Shibuya’ to a commercial facility removed from the urban buzz. The designers sought to evoke the city’s atmosphere and the brand’s visual language by ‘re-editing rough and masculine materials’, like concrete blocks and steel reinforcement bars. ‘Observing the hair care area, different lighting, colour and a warmer material approach might invite gentlemen to relax more, as stated in the description,’ notes Gudy Herder, trend consultant at Eclectic Trends.

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5. AĒSOP DAIMARU SHINSAIBASHI

Case-Real

While designing the Aēsop location at Osaka’s Daimaru Shinsaibashi department store (5.15; Single-Brand Store) , Case-Real referenced the work of its architect W.M Vories, who developed the original Neo-Gothic building in 1933. Inspired by those elements, the studio focused on selecting palettes reflective of Vories’ philosophy: dark brown wood, granite, copper and subdued colours adorn the retail space. ‘The project has a number of details that could have been enhanced,’ thinks Omar Abdelghafour, founder and principal at Light Space Design. ‘It’s competent but lacking innovation.’ 

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