I am busy working on an exciting new project-a ladies nail spa/salon in the Dubai Gold and Diamond Souk.My client is opening a ladies salon, specializing in manicures and pedicures but also offering massages and facials.
In Dubai ,male and female salons are completely separate, and most ladies salons have to be completely private -some even have separate entrances at the back of the store for ladies to enter, should they not wish to be seen from the road or storefront.The interior of the salon is usually also blocked from view by vinyl decals on the windows, thus offering total privacy from the outside.This is the cultural norm as ladies generally are screened from public view in most areas of the city… most cars even have tinting on windows to screen the occupants from view…it’s interesting to see and I have become used to this way of life and now embrace it , and I love the idea that once inside a spa or salon, I am enclosed in a cocoon of privacy!
My client has asked me to design a concept which is fresh and serene and we have chosen predominately white and chartreuse with touches of black as we have had to utilise the existing floor which is black marble. The contractors have started the fit out and I am currently putting together the accessories we will need to create the look she wants.
She wanted three treatment rooms for massage and facials ,plus manicure and pedicure stations and the biggest challenge was to avoid any actual construction ie; we were not allowed to alter the general shape of the store and we had to use the existing lighting and air conditioning structure …..all this has proved to be interesting as most projects like this usually begin with a “clean slate”or an empty shell.
I will post images as soon as we have something to look at…..I think it will be a lot of fun!