Hair Salons – Wellness Spotlight
Salon HER by Folk Studio
Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Capturing the heart, mind and style of the salon’s owner, Michael Kelly, Folk Studio ensures the design of Salon HER embraces its clients and reflects the provision of world-class services. Eager to challenge the traditional salon norms, Folk Studio took inspiration from hotel lobbies around the world as well as from the client’s brave dress sense and appreciation for bold and colourful patterns. With a base of brown, green and clay tones, the space is given forest green accents to offset the richness of these hues. Additionally, as each aspect of the salon needed to feel highly considered, six different tile variations were employed alongside three paint colours, three floor finishes and two joinery finishes, all of which work cohesively together and push against the ideas of a conventional salon. Folk Studios creates a space that is both inviting and allows Michael’s personality to shine through – as if one has been invited into his own home.
Eager to challenge the traditional salon norms, Folk Studio took inspiration from hotel lobbies around the world as well as from the client’s brave dress sense and appreciation for bold and colourful patterns.
Soja Studios by North Interiors
Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia
Desiring a spacious layout that placed an emphasis on comfort and tranquillity, Soja Studios turned to North Interiors to help bring the idea to life. Through the use of organic shapes, along with the tones and textures of the Mediterranean, North Interiors creates a minimal and timeless salon that exudes an oasis-like atmosphere. Filled with thoughtfully selected materials, the interior features tiles that represent the vibrant southern European seas while cool colour tones are employed for the walls and floor to imitate the region’s built landscape. Furthermore, the considered selection of furniture places a focus on function and luxury, allowing for the staff and clients to work and relax in a space that reflects the splendour of the Mediterranean.
Alarah Studio by Nectaar
Mentone, Victoria, Australia
Combining three storefronts, Nectaar transformed Alarah Studio’s flagship salon into one centralised headquarters that provides quality workspace functionality, diverse offerings for clients and an embodied, cohesive aesthetic. Throughout the salon, Nectaar encapsulates the essence of Alarah Studio by taking inspiration from Mediterranean architecture and reinterpreting it in a contemporary and grounded manner – which also gently acknowledges the owners’ Italian heritage. Additionally, the incorporation of natural light and a neutral palette works to enhance the refined textural quality throughout the interior. Ranging across 30 stations, 10 wash basins, a barber station, a retail and waiting area, a coffee and drinks station, two beauty therapy rooms, the designated reception area, offices and staff rooms –Alarah Studio allows clients to escape their busy lives, if only for a moment.
Despite a confined budget and construction time frame, Cheah Saw Architecture built the salon space using primarily joinery elements.
Zowie Evans Hairdressing by Cheah Saw Architecture
Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Serving as a space for collaborative and individual work, Zowie Evans Hairdressing has been formed around the design translation of the client’s workflow and methodologies. Despite a confined budget and construction time frame, Cheah Saw Architecture built the salon space using primarily joinery elements. Hung from the ceiling, the joinery is kept mobile and off the floor to address the practicalities of a salon and maximise on storage space. Furthermore, mirror-clad storage can both contain tools and can be reconfigured into dividers for separate workstations. With intentional monochromatic surfaces and refined finishes, Cheah Saw Architecture has created an interior that acts as a backdrop to Zowie Evans Hairdressing’s expertise.