We were there to chronicle their debut into the industry, when s.81 was made over into Penrith’s Salon Kiin last year. With a new name, entirely new look, new street location and fresh design collection images (all of which you can peruse here), Salon Kiin, led by Maria Unali, made major waves when it entered the industry, and it’s award win last week at Hair Expo for Best Salon Design affirmed that.

Moving away from s.81 and its former shopping-centre locale, the new space reinvented itself as something of a lifestyle destination. Meticulous design by We are Triibe paid attention to client care, creativity and team pride.

Some of the key tenants of the salon include a focus on openness and space. A long and narrow space was utilised to optimise the guest journey, where clients feel like they are stepping into an expansive area, which, with its crisp white, grey and beige interior palette, evokes an immediate sense of calm and relaxation. The layout allows clients to easily transition between sections, while also creating an element of privacy within these rooms. Natural light provided by three large skylights, strategically positioned above key working stations, improves both the mood and functionality of the space. Track lighting and LED strip lighting behind the mirrors provide a flattering solution for artificial light.

Focal points of the salon include the large reception area that greets each guest, comprised of a waiting section and inviting retail shelf, while the basin area incorporates luxurious black leather seats as an elegant counterpart to the otherwise light space. The colour table, purposefully placed under one of the skylights to ensure the true representation of colour development, acts as something of a salon centrepiece.

Other design elements include the natural texture and palette that pervades the salon. Timber and travertine stone accents complement lush greenery, for a dually trendy and relaxing salon environment. Indoor plants provide a sense of wellbeing and cement the salon as the ideal aesthetic representation for 21st century salon style.

Between the ambience, the thoughtfulness of design and the functionality, Salon Kiin is clearly the pinnacle of design standards in the Hair Expo Awards Gala books (and our own). Allow these aesthetic collection images to inspire you.

Photography by Terence Chin.

For more information visit salonkiin.com