A Close Shave: A Cutting-Edge Barber Shop in Amsterdam by

Issue 38 · The Low Countries · September 21, 2012

A Close Shave: A Cutting-Edge Barber Shop in Amsterdam

Issue 38 · The Low Countries · September 21, 2012

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 the latest shaving salon we've been admiring: the Barber Amsterdam by up-and-coming firm Ard Hoksbergen, first spotted on Dezeen. Housed in a 19th century building in the Jordaan neighborhood, the interiors feature clay plaster walls, leather seating, reclaimed sawn floor beams, and plywood cabinetry. Copper pipes crisscross the interior, serving as both conduits for electricity and water.

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Above: 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 simple storefront bears the simple signage: "Barber: Shaves & Trims."



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