Grooming In Style

Yatin Kavaiya And Jiten Tosar


A fine blend of modern glamour and retro aesthetics give this salon its unique appeal.

The Avon chain of salons lets each of its branches sport a uniquely designed concept. When Usine Studio was asked to brew up something interesting for their 800 sq ft Vasna Road branch in Vadodara, the designers knew just what to do.

Using Studio decided to incorporate a smart, Neo-retro mood. The design is ruled by shades of grey with bursts of ochre yellow and brick reds. This scheme is then bathed in a soft yellow light giving the ambience a crisp yet bouncy quality. The space is topped by a ceiling where the exposed services in a calm cobalt blue bring in an industrial charm.

The pinewood reception desk is a stately welcome, which is elegantly contrasted by the glass divider screen; the wood and glass together instil the rustic modern vibe. The stepped up waiting area has a lower ceiling than the rest of the space, which invites you in towards a large cloudy grey sofa. Retro graphics that went along with themes of salon and grooming were used to amplify the undertone.

An angular juxtaposition of checkered grey and white flooring imparts a movement to the otherwise still elements that face each other covertly. The set up almost reminds one of a chess board where the mirrors and arm chairs seem to be the bishops and pawns.

The rawness of the built space is utilised by leaving the brick work exposed. The flatness of the wall is articulated by projecting 5” wooden bands, between which the mirror consoles appear to be nestled. The mirror consoles that are not set against the wall are suspended from the ceiling.

The main feature of the make-up zone is a circular mirror where the traditional series of bulbs are done away with and instead the mirror’s periphery is etched with bulb silhouettes that are lit up from the back. It is mounted on a finished grey plaster wall whose smoothness funnels all the focus onto the mirror’s reflection. The massage room is adorned with wooden veneered mirror and shelves with bronze articles lined upon it.

 The overall space is enhanced on the concept of rephrasing the retro and the result is an unswerving and weightless setting for the modern glamour regimens.