Salon of the Year

Salon of Distinction: Mizu, Boston

July 10, 2011 | 2:39 PM
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Mizu Boston, Massachusetts Owners: Michael Barsamian, Elan Sassoon Salon established: October 2008 Salon style: Modern, elegant, unique Square footage: 3,000 Styling stations: 18 Treatment rooms: 0 Equipment: Maletti Furniture: Maletti, RG Shakour Total design investment: $1.9 million Top retail lines: Kerastase, Shu Uemura, Aveda Architect: Niall McLaughlin Architects
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Judges comments: “Beautiful, modern, simple and clean.” — Clodagh “What a beautiful look into the future.” — Wagner “The absence of color emphasizes the striking architecture reminiscent of a futuristic cathedral.” — Pelafas
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“We are very proud of the designed arches. The entire structure was manufactured in Canada and sent in 500 pieces. The arches are made of GRG (glass reinforced gypsum), which is a high-quality plaster mixed with glass fiber. It took very skilled craftsman to install these and then we finished with an acoustical plaster to ensure the sound levels stay at a minimum, even with the hairdryers and conversations going on. Lastly, the arches are painted with a matte white paint that makes it easy to wipe clean.”
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