Wink Sa­lon

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

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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

Mir­rors

Mod­ern Mir­rors

Lights

Light Zone Ban­ga­lore

Fur­ni­ture

Tangy Rose Mum­bai

Satarupa Chakraborty

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.”

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