doudesis kolonaki

  • The existing well established hair salon of known hairdresser Georgios Doudessis, in the heart of Kolonaki area of down town Athens, was completely redesigned, both in function and aesthetics, with the intention of being a very hip 'talk-of-the-town' space, not similar to any other shop in the area.

    One enters the hair salon in a lower part, where one encounters the reception desk and the toilets. In the elevated level are the hairdressing and hair washing areas. Finally a more separated mezzanine houses supplementary functions such as pedicure and manicure spaces.

    An atmosphere of designed contradiction was created: a clear monolithic space with a characteristic glittery plaster, encloses many elements of a decorative nature: lights, furniture, accessories etc. The shop is partly 'overdesigned' to emphasize luxury, and partly left as it was found, such as the cracked terrazzo cement floor and the 'bleached' wenge wooden furniture, to create less formality.

    The ceiling participates by combining the functional light and ventilation with the decorative lighting fixtures, again on a background of black glitter plaster. This attitude of relaxed luxury continues in the toilets, which are clad with gold wallpapers, protected by glass, again in combination with the existing cement floor

    The elevation opens completely towards the street. Apart from the name of the shop the only intervention is a series of LED light to refer to the glittery plaster inside the shop. This way the lower, entrance part of the elevation functions as a shop window, and the higher part of the elevation shows directly the hairdressing area. Every passer-bye can see the hairdresser at work.

doudesis kolonaki
doudesis kolonaki
doudesis kolonaki

The shop is partly 'overdesigned' to emphasize luxury, and partly left as it was found

hideout suites
doudesis kolonaki
doudesis kolonaki
doudesis kolonaki
doudesis kolonaki
doudesis kolonaki
doudesis kolonaki

credits

location
Kolonaki, Athens

client
Georgios Doudesis

design
2007, completed 2007

design team
Tasos Gousis
Joost Frijda
Eddie Roberts

photographs
Fotis Traganoudakis

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