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Baseline Hairdressing - Interior Design

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The design concept for the new salon fit-out was one that reflected the fact that these hair dressers are creative people. The space was devised as a ‘creative centre’ where the creative endeavours of the salon were celebrated. The salon connects withPerth’s artistic community and makes connections and references the creativity of hair dressing.The client required additional area and refreshed ‘branding’ that reflected their status in their industry beyond their existing tired space. After investigating several alternative new

The design concept for the new salon fit-out was one that reflected the fact that these hair dressers are creative people. The space was devised as a ‘creative centre’ where the creative endeavours of the salon were celebrated. The salon connects withPerth’s artistic community and makes connections and references the creativity of hair dressing.

The client required additional area and refreshed ‘branding’ that reflected their status in their industry beyond their existing tired space. After investigating several alternative new locations for the hair dressing salon, an opportunity arose to expand into the adjacent tenancy at their existing location; thereby doubling their floor area to 100 sqm.

Our design service went beyond the physical design of interior space to make connections with the greater creative community of Perth by introducing the artwork of ‘The Art Collective’ into the salon.Artwork from Perth artists represented by ‘The Art Collective’ will rotate through the space over a period. Sculptures from Perth based artists will also rotate through the salon. Making these artistic connections reinforces the celebration of creativity within the salon and encourages patrons of the salon to be more aware of the work of Perth artists.

A circular planform created a sense of unity between the two separate tenancies joined in this refurbishment. Being within the curved walls evokes a feeling of belonging.

Vertical Tasmanian Oak timber battens line the circular walls and are representative of strands of hair, the majority of which have been stained a Walnut colour. The colours of green and blue have been picked out of the wallpaper finished walls to be applied to a selected few of the ‘strands of hair’ timber battens; representative of patrons having their hair coloured in the salon. The selected wallpaper also represents the creative use of colour on patron’s hair within the salon. The raffia textured wallpaper provides grain and depth to the wall of the salon.

Colour has been introduced to some of these timber ‘stands of hair’ to reflect the colour used in a hair dressing salon.

The project was designed to allow maximum off site prefabrication to limit the down time for the commercial use of the salon owners existing salon to only two weeks.

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With more than 30 years experience as an architect, Neil Cownie has reached an enviable point in his career. In 2009, he established his own firm so he could focus on projects that bring him – and his clients – delight and joy.

Neil weaves together various influences – referencing the environment and site conditions; drawing inspiration from historical precedents and the latest innovations; a deep understanding of how people and spaces function; and his love of textural materials and hand crafted elements – to create residential, commercial and hospitality spaces that can be experienced through all five senses.

From large-scale master-planning down to the intricate details that elevate each project beyond the everyday, Neil brings wisdom and experience to his practice. He maintains close connections with his clients throughout the life of each project, to ensure the final outcome exceeds their expectations while remaining within budget.

In the earlier part of his career, Neil worked as a director at a major Perth firm, where he was responsible for a range of project types including houses, interiors, multi-unit residences, commercial buildings, hospitality and mixed use developments, many of them award-winning.

Now, he combines his passion for design in all its forms – architecture, landscape, furniture, lighting and objects – with his clients’ aspirations to realise their dreams in built form, always aiming to create timeless buildings that will endure.