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Retail Design – Alterations & Additions

Elsternwick Salon

Retail Design – Alterations & Additions
Royston Wilson Design
(03) 9822 3173
Ben Wrigley

The client wanted black and white with flashes of red in a mix of 50s, 60s and 70s in this Elsternwick hairdressing salon. They wanted the separate areas of the salon linked. The premises were irregular in shape; requiring major demolition.

Through clever design, this salon is something of a revolution within the hairdressing industry. It possesses a functionality that allows hairdressers to focus more on what they love to do, and less on tenuous tasks such as cleaning. It is through many design features that the salon becomes a unique space – skilfully combining design techniques to create a well functioning and stylish space. The design team was lucky enough to possess an intimate view of what is required of a salon space, as one of the designers had once been a hairdresser. Using this experience, the essence of what is much needed for a hairdresser within a salon was captured. To any passing customers the salon looks like a quirky chic place but behind this facade is a salon that any working hairdresser would admire, as they can clearly see how well designed the space fits their needs. In this way, the salon has become an incomparable design truly meeting the clients’ needs.

“This retail project has seen a rabbit warren of rooms converted into an open, light and efficient space,” said the Judges. “It is inwardly rather than outwardly focused, as befits the function of a hairdressing salon. Working with an irregular plan, the designer has provided a smooth relationship between the spaces. Bold black and white patterns have been used with red features, providing a balanced massing of strong contrasts,” added the Judges.