Raleigh, North Carolina
Owner: Bryan Nunes
Salon style: Uplifting, inspirational, sensual
Square footage: 4,600
Styling stations: 38
Equipment: AGV Group, Custom
Furniture: Pietranera, SalonCentric, Proto Tool
Total design investment: $275,000
Top retail lines: Redken, Pureology
Design: Andrew Stillwell, Bryan Nunes
Architect: Andrew Stillwell, Centerpoint Architecture
Photography: Bert McLendon of McLendon Photography
“The warehouse ceiling gives Blo extra character and is a nice juxtaposition to the warm artwork and light fixtures.”
“Fantastic natural lighting makes this a great space for hair color services! The recessed design of the styling stations keeps the circulation area clean and open—a must for a salon with a high number of chairs.”
“This salon captures your attention from the outside as well as inside. It has a clean, art gallery style.”
—Sansevero and Cronk
OWNER BRYAN NUNES frequently tells his staff that space is Blo’s most valuable team member, and this was his guiding design principle when it came to doubling the Raleigh, North Carolina, salon’s square footage in its latest expansion. “I am a hairdresser deep down, and I firmly believe in creating a space that is conducive to a creative, stimulating, clean and ergonomically responsible work environment, which ultimately will lead to happy designers and lower turnover.”
From day one, the mission for Nunes and his architect Andrew Stillwell was to pull off the expansion in a way that existing clients didn’t feel their experience had changed and new guests would never know the salon wasn’t built all at one time. “We did this by creating pockets of intimacy throughout the salon without compromising the openness and magic of the original space,” says Nunes.
For example, a total of 96 windows run from the 20 ft. ceiling all the way to the salon floor. “Dividing up the space into separate rooms, or putting in a drop ceiling would have taken away from the magic of the empty canvas we started with,” he says. Instead, they suspended ceiling “clouds” over the styling galleries which created the intimacy while allowing clients to view around them to see the entire space.
Drop pendant lighting at different heights over the color tables and shampoo chairs creates a community and a calming atmosphere. Twenty-six speakers positioned throughout the space allow for music, from Blo’s playlist of 15,000 songs, to be controlled in 11 different sound zones. Lampes Bergers, hidden throughout the salon, subconsciously envelop clients in welcoming fragrance.