Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio
by Studio Muon

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Prague-based Studio Muon have completed a hair salon in Brno, Czech Republic, that looks like a cross between a warehouse and a dungeon (+ slideshow).

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Although it looks more a warehouse, the 1920s building was first constructed for use as a bank. Studio Muon converted part of the structure into a fashion showroom in 2008 and was brought back to add the hair salon in 2012.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

While the first space was designed as a simple room with garments hanging from the ceiling, the second is planned as a series of zones with styling stations propped up on a stage.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

"Different functions requested different spaces," architect Jiří Zhoř told Dezeen. "The main exhibit in the showroom is dresses, but in the hair studio it's people."

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Mirrors bolted to rough concrete blocks run along the centre of the hairdressing platform, with chairs either side and spotlights suspended from above.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Concrete beams are used to front a steel reception desk. Elsewhere, reclaimed wooden joists are used as tables and shelf surfaces.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Other salons completed recently include a forest-like beauty salon filled with birch trees and a hair salon with copper pipes snaking across the walls. See more salon and spa interiors.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Photography is by the architect.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Here's a project description from Studio Muon:


Hair Studio "Táňa Kmenta"

Hair Studio "Tana Kmenta" is located in the bank building originally created and built in 1929-30 by Bohuslav Fuchs and Ernest Wiesner. It is located next to showroom DNB which is created by the same architect Jiří Zhoř in 2008. Both projects are symbiotically related, but different.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

The main consideration was to divide the zones and create an elevated podium/stage (level patio) which can be visible from the outside. To create a space where hairstylists can be seen carrying out their creations, the active section and the place to perform.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Elevated podium is intersected by large mirrors which are supported with concrete blocks and basic lighting. The concrete blocks in a contrast with smooth stainless surface of the floor and mirrors further enhance elevated look.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

While the zone for cutting hair is visible from the street, the space with the reception and for washing hair have cosy atmosphere.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

The concept of furnishing is a solitary. All furniture and equipment are custom made. The principal materials are black steel, concrete block panels, old wood beams and glass mirrors. The moving table is made out of 200 years old wood beams. The reception is made from steel construction with concrete blocks same as weights under the mirrors.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

The important element is a functional basin with different shelves for hair chemicals. Minimalistic black reflectors evoke a feeling of theatre atmosphere. The building of the bank is unique thanks to its construction from reinforced concrete what was innovative in the time of its development in 1930.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Above: fashion showroom, completed 2008

One of the aspirations of the project was to show off the basis of the building and its constructional principles. The atmosphere of the interior was soften by light white spraying what also created calmness and helped new elements to stand out in their real proportions and materials.

Táňa Kmenta Hair Studio by Studio Muon

Above: fashion showroom, completed 2008

  • Feds

    Interesting design, but for a hairdresser I would have aimed at a cosier, relaxing environment!

  • Veni

    At the hairdresser I want peace, not to look at the broken ceiling when my hair’s being washed.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    A salon should be designed to sell an image. If edgy and urban is the salon’s message, then it has succeeded.

  • roelatmac

    @ kate: exactly! Not a new concept, but still beautiful.

  • just some dude

    I would say I kind of like the project and the “rusty” appearing design, it’s definitely stylish! Think it fits for hairdresser enterprise :)