by Rachel 07 October 2011
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    Located in Potomac, Maryland, this popular salon owner had found that he had outgrown his current space and looked to occupy more space in a neighboring building.

    Not only was he increasing the size of his current pursuit but was intending to add a men's salon as well. With eclectic taste and a desire to make an impact, the design developed into a swank retail space, which on the women's side evoked an airy classical look, while on the men's side a tailored masculine space. It's as if the two spaces residing side by side were shaped to create the aesthetic of men's and women's parlors of the past.

    The 3,200 square foot space allocates about one third to the men's side which is furnished with 6 leather studded, Italian barber chairs and millwork with the shaving and washing sinks built-in for one stop grooming. The women's side features 12 modular component hair cutting stations which were designed for the millworker to piece together the seamless storage, full length mirror, and floor to ceiling light fixture. These stations also double as retail display on the back side. The furniture and accessories are a diverse combination of styles and fabrics that further develop this whimsical spot. A custom translucent fabric chandelier with cascading crystals sits in the center of the women's side to dress the structural column that commands the center of the room and an undulating layered film pattern graces the storefront to not only mask the afternoon sun, but also to create intrigue and allure.

    Our use of inexpensive materials, from plastic laminate to ceramic tile, creates these simply elegant spaces in both the service and back-of-house areas allowing us to meet our tight budget of approximately $480,000. The salon was completed in late August of 2010.

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