Beauty Club

This beauty club’s ethereal interiors are inspired by a mountainous Chinese province.

West of China’s Yunnan Province is Ruili, a city that’s neighboured by Burma in three directions. The convergent region is a popular destination for explorers: the Hengduan Mountains are nearby, and the humid subtropical climate makes for lush landscapes. Its geography visually informed Beauty Club on the National Border, a beauty and wellness space by Parallect Design.

The club offers skincare, physical therapy and spa treatments. Wanting to evoke a sense of interior serendipity in the 300-sq-m space, the designers aimed to re-create the feeling of traversing through the surrounding environs. Doing so, they thought, would not only relax the club’s clientele, but completely enrich their spatial experience.

The concept centres on the idea of exploring the unexplored. An immersive T-shaped tunnel enables customers to wander through ‘secret’ areas, or, as a spokesperson for the studio explains, to ‘realize transitions between different functional blocks’. Covered in glossy blue crystal plating, the dream-like tunnel dramatically contrasts with the rest of the white, wood-veneered space. Beyond the gallery, wavelike sculptures are suspended from the ceiling, completing the ethereal interior terrain.

Source | Frame, 23 September 2019



9th October 2019

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