Two words: Blow Bar. The brief for this project was to design a space for the first ever Blow Bar in the region. The concept stemming from New York City marries the world of hairdressing and cocktail bars.
The owners are well-known in their field and have been in business for over 20 years. They purchased a new shopfront which was to be converted from a real estate office into a hair salon & cocktail bar (Blow Bar). The key selling point is, of course, to sit at a bar while you get your hair styled. We were fortunate to have a large open-plan space to work with which made zoning areas a cinch.
The required areas were:
· Reception& Waiting Area
· Merchandise Display
· Colour Room for product and mixing
· 5 wash basin stations
· Minimum 15 cutting stations
· Cocktail Bar area with styling stations
· Upgrade of existing toilet space
We desired to locate the cocktail bar at the back of the building so that upon entering, your eye would be drawn throughout the entire space, landing on the bar.
We successfully implemented the idea of splitting the cutting stations: 10 stations being around a stunning communal table. The communal table, fit with custom round double-sided mirrors on concrete bases, could be moved off the table for training days and events.
Using the length of the building, we were able to zone the 5 wash basin stations alongside the cutting stations, ensuring adequate walk through space for clients. Making your way from the wash basin to the cutting chair and finally to the bar to have your hair styled is quite the experience! The key feature of this Blow Bar is the custom concrete benchtops. We wanted to incorporate a highlight colour in this pastel tone. All the joinery is custom-made using a combination of man-made timbers and marble look laminates. The aesthetic is luxurious without the hefty costs associated with such materials. The black and brass highlights are incorporated into the light fittings, details in the joinery and the salon furniture and equipment.
A word from the owners:
Designed by Birdblack Design, our salon is simply FABULOUS! The attention to detail is second to none and the balance of the design superb. Sarah was so dedicated to the salon fit out and remained calm under pressure. Whether it was early mornings or late nights, Sarah was always on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. We could not be happier! Thank you Sarah and crew!
Interior Design: Birdblack Design
Build: Souter Built
Photography: Hannah Ladic Photography