In the centre of Canberra’s café district – and in the parliamentary triangle – Form Haircutters is an oasis of ambience and modernity.
From the vast spaces separated by light and design to the colourful, globular lights hanging decoratively from the ceiling, Form is certainly on top form.
The creative team is lead by managing partner and stylist Wayne Friend whose passion for art and hairdressing is evident in the décor.
The salon was updated and revamped over an intensive two week period, opening again on July 15 this year – the attention to detail is evident. Paramount to the salon’s design was to have an environment that was manageable and workable while engaging customers and showcasing the skill of the stylists.
The design is lineal and modern – but not so much so as to diminish the atmosphere of warmth. Three distinctive colours – red, white and black – feature prominently throughout the salon and are strategically placed to capture the movement of light and to maximise and define the space.
With this in mind, the salon is uncomplicated and uncluttered; lighting and structure is a main feature that creates elements of division without solid barriers.
At Form, word of mouth is one of the best facilitators for getting clients through the door; the clientele is as diverse and different as the colours in the lights that hang from the ceiling.
That said, it’s a desirable location so as well as Form’s raft of regulars, it also provides access to affluent clientele who wish to maintain a high standard of grooming. By the very nature of its position in the parliamentary triangle, it is not at all unusual for visiting parliamentary staff and diplomats to pop through the door for a spontaneous style service.
The space of the salon is reminiscent of a New York loft. The open plan design facilitates efficiency and workflow across all aspects of their products and services, while the inclusion of four additional cut and colour stations and a wash lounge provides greater access to services such as treatments and colours, ultimately encouraging customer capacity to grow.
Another major aspect of the salon design was to bring the dedicated Colour Bar to the forefront, positioning and presenting its operation and functionality into a central, inviting space within the salon which encourages clients to be part of the colour process.
Even better, while their colour is processing, customers can use their laptops via a dedicated internet port. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if they never wanted to leave.
Since much of the salon design is based around the mood lighting – illuminating some areas and softening or shadowing others – it’s good to know that those very lights are low-voltage and energy efficient.
Other eco-credentials linked to the salon include recycling bins for paper and foils, an energy-saving gas hot water system, a short cycled cold-only washing machine and a reverse cycle heating/cooling conditioning system which is said to reduce costs and energy consumption by up to 40 per cent. Not only friendly, but eco friendly too.
So there’s every reason to escape the hustle bustle and enjoy your own slice of ambience in the hands of Form’s skilled stylists, with value for money and impeccable service, as diplomatic as the location suggests. It’s a Formula for success.
25 Kennedy Street
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