Global hairdressing pioneers Brooks & Brooks, that is world renowned hairdressers Sally and Jamie Brooks, have launched their new salon space, moving to a new location after 21 years. Paving the way in trending, editorial and fashion forward hair, the duo overhauled a former Covent Garden salon in a town house setting, while still keeping the heritage style in an elegant staircase, fireplaces and other aesthetic features.
“We wanted to create a relaxed space where our clients and our team can relax in a contemporary setting with a homely feel, and what better than a town house to create this ambience?” Sally said. “The salon really is a home where each detail is considered; it has points of interest in every corner that the client sees, feels and talks about, but at the same time gives the team a relaxed uncomplicated way of working.”
The team worked with their long-standing designer who understands the Brooks & Brooks identity, imbuing the space with efficient features in a minimalist design. Think details such as suspended metal workstations with plug sockets for clients and easily accessible sockets for hairdressers, handy storage space and hanging space for both kit bags and clients’ bags, organised structures for mirrors and electrical appliances, draws to hold daily necessities and an ideally fit trolly unit at every station.
A Brooks & Brooks client designed the lighting, with an aesthetic that saw the unique lighting system suspended from black metal work to protect the old heritage structure.
“Working with the heritage of the building allows us to keep parts like the floor that was stripped back and restained, whilst retaining the character and working with natural woods throughout the workstations and other areas of the salon keeps the feel real,” Sally shared.
The salon has various zones, each with different titles and feels, to suit each specific need and elevate relaxation in purpose-built spaces. It all stems from the central and cosy reception area on the ground floor, as built with muted tones and textiles of grey and white, metals, natural woods and mustard yellow. From there, the space sprawls out to cutting areas and colour bars, and even hosts a conservatory with a feature wall of slatted wood, as well as a bespoke colour bar with stainless steel worktop and plenty of natural light.
A streamlined system structures the whole salon, from the basement laundry to a comprehensive bin arrangement so the team can stay focused in their space without rushing between levels. Guests can expect refreshments on the ground floor, while a drawing room higher up has large windows and natural light to illuminate seven work stations. In comfortable, enclosed spaces, with back rooms and utility spaces included, hairdressers can send their bills to reception from that space so that they can stay focused with their client list. A creative studio in white and grey, with an inspirational bookshelf and library space, sits at the top of the salon.
The front window offers a mix of plants in face planters to bring the outside in, where each pot has its own ‘hairstyle’, becoming a photographable, iconic feature of the salon aesthetic, as attached to a bright and dedicated cutting room.
Inspiring on literally a myriad of levels, this is the new Brooks & Brooks
For more information visit www.brooksandbrooks.co.uk
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