Is the barbershop the new boutique? Lately we've been spotting stylish hair salons with decor to rival the latest cutting-edge concept shop or art gallery (see An Artful Salon in London).
Here's a shaving salon we've been admiring: the Barber Amsterdam by up-and-coming Dutch firm Ard Hoksbergen, first spotted on Dezeen. Housed in a 19th century building in Amsterdam's Jordaan neighborhood, the interiors feature clay plaster walls, white tile, leather seating, reclaimed sawn floor beams, and plywood cabinetry. Copper pipes crisscross the interior, serving as both conduits for electricity and water.
Above: Subway tiles introduce a clean look to the entry, furnished with a concrete reception desk and copper tubing as apron holders.
Above: A raw industrial aesthetic pervades the interior.
Above: Tiled niches hold pomades, shampoos, and other unguents.
Above: An unzipped toiletry kit displays the tools of the trade.
Above: Simple plywood shelving contrasts with the rough-hewn reclaimed wood flooring.
Above: Traditional porcelain sinks and copper tubing used in a modern way.
Above: The storefront bears the simple signage: "Barber: Shaves & Trims."
Like the white tiled look? See our Remodeling 101: White Tile Pattern Glossary for ideas. And for another notable salon, check out this Nail Salon in Osaka. Heading to Amsterdam? On Gardenista, read about a Greenhouse as Restaurant.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 20, 2012 as part of our issue called The Low Countries.