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Asian Fusion: Emmetts The Studio

Alison Alhamed | July 10, 2011 | 5:11 PM

BUILT IN THE 1920s, the old lighting store in Indianapolis, Indiana, now houses Emmetts The Studio, owned by Emmett Cooper and Naieem Abdool. Throughout the two-levels, Asian-inspired furnishings meet modern decor—Tibetan drum tables, brass dragon chandelier, French chairs covered in brindle cowhide, pine wood floors, full-length ceiling mirrors, energy-efficient LED track lighting and eco-friendly painted walls. Walk down the stairs to the lower level of the studio for a look at the open color bar with private make-up rooms and treatment areas. A private, Zen-inspired patio allows for group events and private parties, or for clients to relax outside between services. Here, owners Emmett Cooper and Naieem Abdool take SALON TODAY on a tour.

Asian Fusion: Emmetts The Studio
The studio is located in the new hip part of the city, named So-Bro. UV windows were installed and the salon logo was designed with light-reflecting letters. An outside, solar-powered spotlight illuminates the sign and storefront.


Owners: Naieem Abdool and Emmett Cooper
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Salon established: April 2009
Square footage: 730 sq ft. upper level, 730 sq ft. lower level
Number of styling stations: 6
Number of spa treatment rooms: 1
Design investment: $50,000
Top lines: hair color, Redken; hair care, Emmett Cooper Haircare
Equipment manufacturer: Rollerball multi-function UV light hair color processors, Italian Kubika styling chairs, shampoo bowls from Japan—all from Design X.

Asian Fusion: Emmetts The Studio
Pine hard wood floors run throughout the studio. An antique, red, Asian-inspired display case houses the studio’s retail products.

Asian Fusion: Emmetts The Studio
Twelve-foot vaulted ceilings along with a vintage brass dragon chandelier welcome guests as they enter the studio. Wide, low, leather chairs and an antique Asian rug from a house in the Hollywood Hills provide a warm, yet spacious atmosphere.

Asian Fusion: Emmetts The Studio
Outside on the Zen-inspired patio, clients can network and relax between services. This private patio sanctuary is the perfect setting for group events and private parties.

Asian Fusion: Emmetts The Studio
The stairs lead down to the lower level of the studio that features a color bar with a treatment and private make-up room. Buddhist decor is featured over the shampoo area to create a soothing atmosphere. Custom-built cabinets with Formica and sliding-glass doors house handrolled towels. LED track lighting is installed throughout the studio along with floor-to-ceiling custom mirrors for each station.

Asian Fusion: Emmetts The Studio
Owners Naieem Abdool and Emmett Cooper.

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