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The name “TOHNE” refers to a sound that is heard from far away. It’s a nail salon for women that are independent thinkers and seek to express themselves. The owner already has a strong client base and is building a set of values focused on pursuing the essence of who the clients are, something unique to this salon. We intended the space to bring out those values, while remaining free of unnecessary elements.

overall view of the space ©Yasuhiro Takagi


Nail tables can be arranged in a variety of ways to accommodate specific treatments. Accessory displays sport the same design as nail tables — the owner has hand-picked accessories that are as important a part of the salon’s services as nail designs. Cantilever construction gives the impression that the tables’ thin surface plates are floating. Combining multiple steel plates as a design detail gives the tables a more 3D presence, and they look different depending on which angle they are viewed from.

flexible nail tables ©Yasuhiro Takagi

service area like cashier faded into the background ©Yasuhiro Takagi

closer view to the nail table ©Yasuhiro Takagi


The mirror is supported by wires (rather than hung on the wall) to give it a suspended, floating feel. Customers can use it to look at their freshly done nails and try on accessories. TOHNE adds their signature styling to the customer’s own style. The mirror is full-length, a symbol of TOHNE’s philosophy that nails alone do not complete a person – the client’s fashion and accessories are key elements. Other elements of the salon, such as the register, are boxed off in a separate area near the center so that they fade into the background as much as possible.

full-length mirror supported by wires ©Yasuhiro Takagi

mirror and accessory display table ©Yasuhiro Takagi

accessory display ©Yasuhiro Takagi

details of the accessory display ©Yasuhiro Takagi


We hope the unique “sound” of TOHNE echoes further and further out into world.


Project: TOHNE (
Business type: Nail salon
Owner: Shuko Miyata (
Floor area: 33
Designer: Sohei Arao
Design office: SIDES CORE (
Photographer: Yasuhiro Takagi (
Construction: K’s Planning Co., Ltd.
Address: immeubles 2F, 7-15 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Designed:  December 10, 2019 February 3, 2020
Built:  March 11, 2020 April 13, 2020
Open: May 30, 2020

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