- Ricky Walters
- Beauty & hair salon
In October, a new beauty parlour by the hair stylist Ricky Walters is opening for London’s socialites where transformative design has shaped a luxurious multi-functional space connecting hair styling and beauty with a social experience.
Designed by the award-winning architects and designers JaK Studio, Salon 64 was imagined with the traditional French Salon in mind. A product of The Enlightenment era, the original salons played a central role in society providing both men and women with a place to gather to refine taste and inspire intellectual conversations around art, fashion and popular topics of the day. This served as the original driver behind the design and interiors creating a space for socialites of today.
JaK Studio wanted to inspire the art of conversation by creating transformative spaces set in two floors encompassing 2000 square feet. The ‘Fire Pit’ allows customers to socialise, relax and have their hair styled. Equally, the bar doubles up as a traditional champagne bar and a blow dry bar, the front lounge receives customers in an intimate setting encouraging tête-à-têtes. Other design features include a closed off washroom, private treatment room, a library of inspiration and a colouring lab. The luxurious and modern interior embraces materials such as oversized herringbone floors, regal blue colour scheme and golden brash details with a modern take on the roman numerals 64 reflected in the tapestry.
Jacob Low, Founding Partner, JaK Studio:
“Salon 64 reinvigorates the salon world by taking a classic concept and combining it with modern materials acknowledging that we socialise through shared experiences. The design is tailored around this concept.”
The ‘Fire Pit’ is the magnum opus of the design. It features bespoke jewellery boxes designed to create a sense of comfort and ease. The opulent boxes open up from the marble table tops around the fire pit revealing several compartments; one for the hair stylist’s tools, a charging station for personal devices, a space to keep your jewellery safe while having hair and beauty treatments and a general space for magazines and drinks. Inside the top of the box features a mirror with adjustable lighting to suit the customer.
Ricardo Alba Gonzalez, Project Architect, JaK Studio: “The concept of Salon 64 is centred around the art of conversation and the creative process in making the jewellery boxes was a constant conversation between us and Ricky Walters. It is very gratifying to see how design has enabled the experience that allows the customer to be part of the space.”
Located in London’s Soho the unique design concept nods to the history of the area – a long established entertainment district and once known as the French Quarter of London. By bringing the notions of the original French salons into the modern age, Salon 64 will be changing the beauty parlour experience of the future.
Jacob Low, Founding Partner, JaK Studio: “Everyone is very emotionally attached to Soho. It is a real community with a special atmosphere and we are proud to have been part of a project that supports the preservation of the soul of Soho.”
The pioneering salon is owned and run by hair stylist Ricky Walters, who made a name for himself through his time at Daniel Galvin at The Corinthia and John Frieda in London.
Ricky Walters, Creative Director & Founder, Salon 64: “I wanted to reconceptualise the beauty & hair salon experience to compliment the way people behave today. JaK Studio’s visionary and innovative design has played a major part in bringing this idea to life.”