Interior Design 09·12·2019
A tour through the most cutting-edge barber shops from around the world lifestyle
The hipster style and new trends in men’s fashion have revived these traditional spaces with new techniques and products. The barber shop boom has brought a business reformulation which is based on fashion, personal care, art and design.
The Barber’s has made a comeback to become ‘barber shops’. Hipster fashion, which is now a worldwide trend, has brought the revitalisation of these spaces that have now become the centre of social gatherings and design.
This business model has taken on new techniques and services. Nowadays, the people who enters a barber’s shop will not only be able to opt for the classical cut or the basic shave, but also they will have other services available, such as: a spa, facial and hair treatments, entertainment and tastings.
All these new options have enhanced the barber profession with new ways in which comfort and personal care are a must. In order to achieve this, an individual approach and personalised attention are enhanced with a vintage interior design in which leather armchairs, natural wood, period furniture, art deco lamps and ceramic mosaics lead the way.
Murdock in London
Founded in 2006 in the Shoreditch neighbourhood, this London barber’s has maintained the traditional techniques of those old barbers, adding a modern touch to them through its decor.
With an Elizabethan interior design based on wallpaper, glass cabinets and colonial-styled furniture, this company now has three establishments in London, namely: Covent Garden, Soho and Chelsea; it has become a must of London modernity. A fact which is confirmed by having won the Wahl British barber of the year 2019 award, which was given to its manager, Carl Tylor, the title of Barber of the year, and its Murdock colognes, the essence of Soho in a jar.
A New York Barber shop in Rotterdam
Entering this barber shop is like going back to the 19th century. Located in the New York hotel in Rotterdam, this traditional barber shop, which is for men only, dates back to 1884, the date it was founded. Through its walls, all the contemporary history of Europe is present and some of the city’s distinguished figures have visited it. Standing up for the barber profession, in its rooms that classical and exclusive treatment in which every client takes parts and opts for the required products is preserved.
Kings Domain Barber Shop in Melbourne, Australia
As if we were dealing with a film by Coppola, this barbershop goes back to the aesthetic of the 40s with natural wood and leather chairs as the leading elements. This Australian chain now has six establishments throughout the city and its company brings the traditional barber shop service and new artistic avant-garde trends together.
Küsta Barber Truck: the portable barber shop in Argentina
This is the first mobile barber shop in Argentina in which the barber goes to the client’s home to offer them the star services: traditional razor shaving, haircuts and hair treatments.
The barber always rings twice.
Tips for designing a signature barber shop
In order to create an authentic barber shop, the first thing to get done is the brand image. It is here where decor plays a major role, since depending on the style or people to whom it is addressed, the interior design must include either more classic or more modern models. What is of primary importance here is to bring tradition and modernity together in the same space to show that the profession has not changed its essence, and furthermore, to show that it is more alive than ever.
Here are some tips that not only turn a barber shop into a place of worship but also make it become a benchmark:
- Natural or weathered wood provides that rustic touch which is typical of classical barber shops. This material can cover aged leather armchairs, upholstered chairs, glass or cast iron lamps, ceramic wall tiles and natural stone mosaics.
- Colonial style furniture will increase the warmth of the establishment. Using natural wood cabinets and counters is recommended, as well as reusing those that have been stored away (ecological awareness) such as desks, sewing boxes or sideboards. A retro touch which never goes out of fashion.
- Enhance the space with large glass mirrors and small pieces of art, namely: paintings, photographs and sculptures.
- Include large windows on the facade and use them as a shop window. This is the best way of advertising and showing the work that is being done inside.
- In order to get a raw style, you should include pieces of furniture in black matt, weathered wood items or iron lamps.
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