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Kabuki Haircutters

Prominent Territory salon Kabuki Haircutters recently engaged Rossi Architects on a custom fit-out project for their new home.

Hoping to capture the charm that is Kabuki, the architect worked closely with the client to transform a dull and outdated office tenancy into a warm, rustic and refreshing salon experience.

The client had a very distinct vision for the salon that would emphasise the art of hair design.

A salon can be a very busy place which meant workflow was a critical consideration during the design phase. The architect played with existing volume and space to maximise function for staff, whilst still incorporating various zones throughout to provide a sense of intimacy for clients and differentiate space for different salon activities.

Playing with simple materials and palette choices, the salon was stripped back to its raw components including the original concrete and steel. Bold light fixtures hang dramatically from exposed ceilings to perfectly frame the work of each stylist.

The achromatic palette was an important design element to highlight a theatric salon centrepiece. Wrapped in a unique, Japanese-inspired wallpaper, the floating form above reception brings both the Kabuki personality and sheer volume of the space to life. This form also acts as storage, helping to maximise floor space and ensure Kabuki remains uncluttered.

By building a close relationship with the client Rossi Architects was able to exceed the brief and vision; consummating in a gallery-esque space that will act as a blank canvas for each and every Kabuki hair creation.


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