Viktor Leske International by
Karhard Architektur + Design

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Mirrors curve down from the ceiling on thick steel frames at this hair salon in Berlin by German studio Karhard Architektur + Design (+ slideshow).

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

Constructed from a combination of black steel and oxidised stainless steel, the suspended mirrors create a pair of two-sided styling stations in the large front room of the Viktor Leske salon.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

Karhard Architektur + Design used a materials palette of concrete and steel for the surrounding surfaces of the room. "The only briefing from Viktor Leske was to create something extraordinary," architects Thomas Karsten and Alexandra Erhard told Dezeen. "We tried to use less materials to create more atmosphere."

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

The floor is concrete, while wooden ledges line the walls to provide seating areas and a concrete lectern forms a reception desk.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

A few stairs lead up to a second room at the back of the salon, where a hair-washing area is surrounded by illuminated panels that change hue from blue and green to pink, purple and red.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

"The design concept deals with the different characters of the big front room and the narrow back room," said the architects. "We tried to find two different expressions in material and light."

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

Other recently completed salons include one in Japan with a wooden lattice across one wall and one that looks like a cross between a warehouse and a dungeon. See more salons and spas on Dezeen.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

Photography is by Stefan Wolf Lucks.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

Here's a little more information from Karhard Architektur:


Viktor Leske International

In the middle of "Mitte" Karhard has created a second salon for hairdresser Viktor Leske.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

A striking element are the mirrors made from black steel and oxidized and polished stainless steel which are suspended from the ceiling. In combination with dark wood and concrete they provide a minimalist yet warm atmosphere.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

The constriction of the space in back is dissolved by an elaborate light installation within a folded mirror wall. The wall, made from glass, one way mirrors and mirrors, can be rhythmically lit by programmable LEDs. Clients can hang out at the black bar, which comprises the waiting area.

Viktor Leske by Karhard Architektur + Design

Project name: Viktor Leske International
Completion: 02/2013
Construction area: 65 sqm
Owner: Viktor Leske
Architects: karhard architektur + design

  • Will

    They look like guillotines. Chop chop.

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

    From the Sweeney Todd school of hair salon design!

  • http://www.roobeauty.com Derek Childs

    I certainly wouldn't be putting my head through either of those holes! And off with his head!

  • theidlearchitect

    It's German after all.