LOCATED IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, Rue 48 Salon (rue48.com) 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.