An old bungalow was transformed into a uber cool luxurious destination for beauty services, Wink Salon in Chennai blends luxurious setting with tints of quirkiness. Designed by 4 Dimension, the 4573 sq ft salon retains the heritage look of the structure w
Although a luxury salon nestled in a big old house, Wink Salon’s luxurious design is generously dotted with spots of quirkiness. As Samantha Jagan, Managing Partner, Wink Salon, explained, “Though the whole idea behind this unisex salon is to offer a gamut of beauty and style services inspired by latest global trend, and in a luxurious environment, we wanted to be tad different. We wanted to surprise our clients with fun elements of modern day.”
The salon, housed in an old house with its own architectural language, was then altered accordingly. R Nagaraja, Founder & Director Design of 4 Dimensions, mentioned, “This was not a commercial space but an old bungalow-style house. The store design concept has used this to its advantage by using the spaces to create quirky spatial experiences across its two levels – ground and first floor. Design concept uses an unusual combination of classic luxury and the quirky in its interior design language, display, messaging and
imagery.” The space doesn’t use an open façade to comply with the architectural value. Instead, a white brick-textured wall added to the authenticity of the original space. Starting from the landscape, railing, entrance door, open veranda to the signages and communication were befitting to the architectural value. While the primary signage has been made of mirror-finish brass with acrylic backlit, inserted halogen lamps were used to illuminate and highlight the building.
Upon entering one part of the ceiling is cut to give double height space. The verandah is converted into reception and living room into hairstyling section while while each room of the bungalow is dedicated to varied services like facials, pedicure and manicure, shampoo lounge, consultation spaces and facials offer a different environment experience to make every customer feel happy and special. The first level is dedicated to VIP make up lounge, which boasts of a mirror with 10 feet in height and 30 feet in width, while vinyl-cut graphics in gold presents a piece of thematically done palace interior.
The Moroccan-style interior design is quirked up with a variety of delightful retro elements complemented with Italian style furniture. Furniture here carry a distress finish to add to the heritage value. Talking on more quirky element, Nagaraja mentioned, “While we retained the heritage value, we went creative with certain elements. For example, the main chandelier were made with scissors and some lights are finished with raw wood and ropes. We also created a selfie booth to induce the fun factor.”
The elaborate design palette for the store design is comprised of special materials like polished distressed wood, texture paints, cut vinyl transfer, cast iron forms and various metal finishes, painted ceramic objects, carved out POP forms, customized wall papers, high end leather & fabrics, intricate jaalis (trellis), crafted frames, laser cut metal sheets and many more. Elements like crafted mirrors, glass chandeliers, seating, quirky props, wall treatments have been carefully detailed, produced and installed with care and purpose.
The store lighting design is a combination of decorative, ambient and accent lighting to create a luxurious and chic boutique environment to the space. All these elements come together to complement Wink’s luxury services for its very special and high-end clientele.
Samantha Jagan, Managing Partner,
Wink Salon, says, “We had some challenges to source certain design elements like the Venetian style mirrors but we finally managed. The final product has been brilliant from 4D who has worked with a salon brand for the first time.”
Design & Coordination
Four Dimension Retail Design India Pvt Ltd
Light Zone Bangalore
Tangy Rose Mumbai
R Nagaraja, Founder & Director Design,
4 Dimensions, shares, “We have mostly retained the charm of the old building though some modifications are done to bring out its character. However, 70% to 80% has been retained.”