Boa Hairdressers Salon by Claudia Meier


Zurich designer Claudia Meier has completed a hairy hair salon in Zurich, Switzerland.

Designed for the Boa Hairdressers Salon, the interior features a series of white translucent fibres hanging from the ceiling, with light filtering through them over the workstations.

The lengths of the fibres are varied to give the impression of cut hair.

Tree stumps are scattered through the salon for use as side tables and stools.

Photographs are by Claudia Meier.

Here's some more text from the designer:

The brief of the client asked for a design with an intense ambiance, giving the impression of entering a “new world”.

The concept of the design plays with the idea of giving the space a hair cut.

The underside of the ceiling is therefore covered with hanging white, transparent fibres.

A slight movement circulates in the fibres created of the hairdryers blowing air through the space.

Whilst researching the possible materials for this effect I was lucky enough to find a company that was able to translate my concept into reality.

One of the most interesting parts of this project was actually to develop and produce this scheme in close co-operation with the company.

Extensive and time consuming experiments were necessary in order to get the lighting right in terms of overall effect and correct illumination for the individual workspaces.

The intense teamwork between client and architect provided a powerful work environment that resulted in the quality of the project.

Project: Refurbishment of Boa Hairdresser’s Salon
Client: Manuela Daluz

Location: Meilen/Zurich, Switzerland
Completion: March 2010

See also:


Aesop store by
March Studio
Second Nature by
Tokujin Yoshioka
UK Pavilion by
Thomas Heatherwick

Posted on Tuesday May 18th 2010 at 12:30 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I like the effect…but not so sure about in a hair salon. Between ambient airflow and static electricity, I just wonder have nasty and ‘hair-bally’ the ceiling will become over time, and if so, not an easy thing to clean or vacuum

  • I left the salon with three chunks of my hair missing….
    The thing was, my allergies really went into overdrive while I was there. I just kept sneezing through the cut because of it! I suspect it has something to do with the dusty white ‘fur’ above my head.

  • P Ashtray

    it would be good if the ceiling worked like a carwash..Should have broought in the Vibskov.

  • See it already

    They talked like they’re the first do this furry ceiling.
    I saw the same thing already 2 years ago at an exhibition in Asia.

  • jessele

    I just loved this salon the first moment I walked in. Not only the cut of the furry ceiling is perfect, as well my hair when I walked out. By the way, I asked the employees about the washing of the “ceiling hair”. They washe it down every month with alcohol. It lookes clean and it is, good to know! I’ll be back for sure.

  • Beautiful concept and photos, and your description of this salon is wonderful. When clients at ask for a recommendation, this is the place we will suggest. We need different ideas like this in the world of image making and hairstyling!

  • kate

    I'm wondering what materials are white fibers made of. Is it fire- proof?