Architects One Space Design have designed the luxury hair salon BRUNEBLONDE located at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Hong Kong. For more images and architects' description continue after the jump:
From the Architects:
Acclaimed Hong Kong-based integrated design studio One Space brought Parisian luxury to the Grand Hyatt Hotel Hong Kong with the opening of independent hair salon BRUNEBLONDE. Founded by celebrated hairstylists Roland Boutin and David Gouygou, BRUNEBLONDE provides the finest luxury salon experience, to which their discerning clientele is accustomed.
The salon is yet another credit to One Space’s impressive list of luxury commercial, retail and residential projects created for its sophisticated clients – from high-net-worth client spaces for the most prestigious private banks to exquisitely tailored executive suites and sumptuous residences. The architects worked closely with Boutin and Gouygou, who achieved international recognition for their innovative and distinctive approach to hair styling, to create a world-class salon providing the very best for their fashion-conscious clients from around the world.
Explaining BRUNEBLONDE’s design, One Space’s architect co-founder Greg Pearce said, “The salon required an intimate interior of world-class ambitions, for which we created a sumptuous Parisian ‘appartement’ setting – a modern reinterpretation of that city’s 1940’s-era grand salon interiors. The space exudes a sophisticated yet comfortable apartment look-and-feel, whilst sustaining the sometimes demanding conditions that any hair and beauty establishment entails.” The overall appearance of the “living-room-cum-hair-salon” was accentuated by the judicious insertions of the owners’ private collection of furniture, objets d’art and artworks.
The Grand Hyatt’s lobby is enlivened by the salon’s presence, visible from several vantage points. But the main event lies through the transparent frontage: Crafted timber wall paneling in anthracite and white loosely defines the Reception area’s boundaries, and is integrated with deep-set and internally lighted voids for the display of the salon’s own custom-formulated hair and skin products. The lighting of the salon has been carefully designed to achieve perfect colour rendition and shadowless illumination, essential for the precision of the stylists’ craft, whilst generating a relaxing and restorative customer experience.
BRUNEBLONDE features two distinct areas, a women’s styling area and men’s styling area, the former being characterised by its simple, elegant ambience, with white leather styling chairs on natural grey limestone floors. An 8m long wall of hand-crafted, highly-polished copper, sculpted in three dimensions to emphasise its mass, mediates between the hectic pressures of the outside world and the soothing tranquillity of the salon’s inner sanctuary. Along the opposite wall, a flowing, line-drawing-style mural created by Italian artists Vittorio Locatelli and Carlo Ninchi is mysteriously reflected in the nearby copper surfaces.
The men’s styling area is arranged to recall the glory of the classic barber shop, modernised to suggest a more sophisticated take on the traditional haircut experience. This room is a deliberate departure from the women’s area, invoking elements of masculinity in robustly detailed timber paneling, charcoal leather walls, chrome detailing and oak floors.
Boutin and Gouygou, the salon’s founders said, “Our clients are people who are accustomed to the finest and most discerning lifestyle, and we want them to feel just as at-home in BRUNEBLONDE as they would be if they were out with their friends, at their favourite restaurant, their yacht or even their home. This is what we insist on at BRUNEBLONDE, and this is what our team continues to strive towards.”