It is incredible how many interior design niches are out there, just waiting to be discovered and exploited. For today we would like to present this colorful hair salon for kids, envisioned by Andrea Mason/Architect. Located in New York, the project is particularly targeted at children under 10 and its design was developed accordingly. Here is more from the official description provided by the designer: “Working off the idea of bringing a playful sense of nature in the space, a custom wall graphic with botanical and animal illustrations and a tree were designed as part of the concept for the space. A colorful palette of laminates and linoleum flooring were chosen for durability and simplicity. Custom furniture including reception desk, display shelves, cabinets, and manicure tables were all designed specifically for the project as well“. How do you find this business idea and more important, how do you appreciate the design of this hair salon for children?
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.