When I was presented with the opportunity to design a hair salon, I was excited by the prospect! But at the same time I realised I knew very little about hair and beauty salons, as I have not been inside one in over a decade! (other than to get hair and make-up done when I was a bridesmaid)! I’m fortunate to have a hair-dresser in the family who has given me haircuts over the years, but other than than, I actually enjoy cutting my own hair! To take care of my appearance/wellbeing, I see a Naturopath or get a massage instead. However I can understand many people enjoy this ‘pampering time’ at the salon, and the chance to have a chat with their favourite stylist.
So I saw this as a challenge, and a chance to see if by working collaboratively with the co-owners, Lisa Miller and Ollie Callander, we could have a successful outcome. And if the feedback from the first customers and the guests at the Opening Night party recently is anything to go by, I think we achieved that… and I’m proud of the results.
It was such a joy to help design this space as Lisa and Ollie had a strong vision of the elements they wanted to include in the salon. The vacant shop in Hampton St, Hampton that they inspected to lease, had previously been a nail-salon with awful yellow and green walls… it was uninspiring to say the least (see above)! But the layout was perfect for a salon, with a large shop-front, bathroom, kitchenette, and office/storeroom. All Lisa and Ollie really needed, was an experienced eye to show them how all their inspiring ideas could come together within the space. These are a few of the 3D model views of the design I presented to them.
And now for some photos of the real deal! (All photos by Talina Edwards Architecture unless credited otherwise).
The interior fitout and joinery was built by a fabulous builder, James Davis, who really takes great pride in his craft. The timber for the benches and tabletops are beautifully finished, and the hand-crafted bespoke shoji screens are steel with a translucent polycarbonate backing, designed to limit views to the back-of-house amenities.
The identity design was done the very talented Ant Phillips, and I just love how well the logo and interiors complement each other, and the overall branding of “Miller & Co Studio”.
The gorgeous pieces of furniture were chosen and styled by Miller & Co Studio, with thoughtful little touches like the terrariums with antique hair-brushes and hair products that belonged to Lisa’s grandmother. They’re still planning on a few more finishing touches in the future…(what will we be decided about the back feature wall?!)…. so watch this space for updates!
I think that this place feels very welcoming and social, more like a cafe than a salon. I think that probably one of the reasons I’ve avoided salons for so long, is that more often than not, they are not a pleasant space to be – too noisy, too stark, strong chemical smells, bad mirrors where you are forced to look at yourself in the reflection (but cant see much beyond that) and a jar of blue disinfectant with hair-brushes in it! Miller & Co Studio is fresh, contemporary, comfortable… and I think you might just like it.
So if you’re ever down Bayside way, give the awesome women at Miller & Co Studio a call and book yourself in for some pampering… I’m even planning on booking myself in sometime soon!
Do you like to enjoy some pampering at a hair salon? I’d love to hear what you love (or don’t love) about the salons you’ve been to! What’s important to you about choosing a hair-dresser? (Don’t be shy, please comment below). x