Kate Challis Interiors work on the redesign of RHB, an established hair and beauty salon in Melbourne’s St Kilda Rd was recently a finalist in the Best Hair Salon Design of the Year. The client brief specified that the interior design was to define the business’ new corporate identity and lead the relaunch their brand.
Here is what we started with.
And after some 12 days of working through the day and night (and 6 months in the planning) this is what we ended with.
Inspired by the glamour and sophistication of owner, Roberta Magill, a former classical ballet dancer, the result is a luxurious, yet minimal design appealing to both men and women and incorporates quartz crystal lights and bespoke walnut and copper furniture, as well as exclusive barber’s section complete with a refurbished vintage barber’s chair.
Rather than draw upon established conventions for hair salon design Kate Challis Interiors looked to cafes, bars, restaurants and residential design both past and present in order to create a sophisticated, elegant yet welcoming ambience. The design embraces the philosophies of minimalism, but with soft warm walls painted in Wattyl’s “Athens” which showcases the superb craftsmanship and the materials of the furniture and fittings including quartz crystal, copper and walnut. Contrasting with this refinement is the industrial epoxy flooring traditionally found in warehouses and factories.
Challis is passionate about using local talent and solely used local artisan-built furniture and lighting. Melbourne-based Christopher Boots’ provided the stunning quartz crystal “Prometheus’ chandelier hangs in the entrance while his ‘Sugar Bombs’ and ‘Sugar Sticks’ are featured throughout the salon itself.
All the copper furniture and walnut cabinetry were designed exclusively by Kate Challis Interiors for RHB and custom-made in Melbourne by the talented team lead by Ian Reid at Arteveneta. Walnut box mirror frames lined in walnut hang at the back of the salon and are used for retail display.
The dynamic team at Duo Duo were engaged to design the signs both external and internal to complement the refined design.
We are incredibly proud of this project and our heart-felt thanks to the construction crew lead by the unflappable Matthew Edmiston.
Photography Shannon McGarth
Styling Emilie Smith