Sustain This! Rustic Reusable

By Alison Alhamed | 06/09/2010 1:45:54 PM


LOCATED IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, Rue 48 Salon ( placed a large emphasis on reusable and rustic materials in the design of their newly launched salon. “We were thoughtful about blending the right sustainable and recycled components into the practical application when appropriate—such as salvaged furniture and interior finishes,” says owner Susan Johnson, including a 110-year old gothic style church pew, an antique end table found in an alley and a steel table from a reclaimed furniture shop.

For example, the salon’s designer repurposed old doors for use as mirrors at each of the salon’s stations. To keep a consistent look, a white/brown crackle paint finish was applied to each door, which features door knobs along with a sunken station mirror. “A practical goal was to be able to hang a woman’s purse or bag on the door knobs and to also inspire one to think what might be beyond the door,” Johnson says.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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