Third Runner-Up and NAILS Salon of the Year
Champagne Nail Lounge
Los Angeles, California
Owner: Tommy Le
Salon style: modern, upscale, boutique
Square footage: 1,500
Manicure Stations: 6
Pedicure Thrones: 18
Treatment rooms: 1
Equipment: Michele Pelafas, Inc.
Furniture: AT Design, LLC
Total design investment: $560,000
Retail lines: OPI, Deborah Lippmann, Ella Mila, Color Club
Design by: AT Design, LLC
Photography: Jeri Koegel
When Tommy Le commissioned Soheila Adl and Elizabeth Troitsky of AT Design, LLC, to help him create Champagne Nail Lounge in Los Angeles, he told the designers he didn’t want a literal translation of champagne. “Instead he wanted to create a lush lounge reminiscent of the kind of place women would gather for cocktails, he didn’t want just another nail salon,” Adl says.
As the designers started selecting well-appointed materials and finishes though, they definitely had the effervescence of champagne in mind. The bubble references are subtle and lend an air of playfulness and elegance to the design.
For example, when clients enter the nail salon, they are greeted by a unique reception desk constructed with glass that encases sparkling bubbles. Behind the desk is a backdrop of glass with strands of chrome spheres that emulate bubbles. Between the reception area and the nail section, wood dividers with a reversed bubble pattern discreetly separate the space while allowing clients to see throughout. The Maya Romanoff wall covering above one wall of pedicure thrones features large circles. Finally, the glittering wall covering located at the brow bar is infused with champagne colored glass beads.
The Michele Pelafas pedicure thrones in lavender and the upholstered manicure chairs in a deeper purple accentuate the champagne-colored décor with soothing tones. The addition of platforms under the pedicure thrones make it easier for technicians to work more comfortably and efficiently.
“We’re already enjoyed our 15 minutes of fame,” Le says. “Champagne Nail Lounge was featured on ABC’s The Bachelor on season 21 with Nick Viall when bachelorette Danielle Lo was interviewed in her home town at the nail lounge.”