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Grit and Glamour: the new look for Unico Hair Salon, Melbourne

As I move into interior design, I am finding less and less time for my blog. While I love what I am doing, I am really missing posting regularly. So with my new found resolution to post more often I thought I’d start by sharing my latest project.

It’s a revamp for of a tiny salon for Unico Hair in Degraves St, a gritty little lane way in Melbourne.


Ok, now here are some before shots.

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 And here are the after shots.



The most transformative change involved covering the walls with an exquisite wallpaper from Merci Paris, a concept store in the Marais. Entitled “Brooklyn Tin Tiles”, the paper features a realistic photographic image of a pressed metal tile that has been aged with peeling paint, rust spots and cracks.




The next step was designing the all important lighting concept. I teamed up with Volker Haug, a leading Melbourne- based lighting designer, who creates industrial/glam lights. We eliminated basin boredom by installing one of Haug’s lights, Famous Five, made up of spectacular Edison Spherical bulbs. In the shop window we installed one of Haug’s Mega WOW lights in green.

Everything else was painted black, from cabinetry to counters, wooden floors and splash back tiles so the wallpaper and the lime green products really stand out.

Photos: Derek Swalwell

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Melwitz Folino #

    Kate this is truly transformative….how beautiful and spacious it is now…I especially like the placement of the lighting…so gorgeous…you have just the right eye for styling and interiors….a fabulous outcome…Congratulations my dear.

    March 11, 2013
    • kate #

      Thanks Melwitz.

      March 12, 2013
  2. Jasmina Gajic #

    I simply could not stay silent in front of the beauty like this…truly gorgeous!
    Love everything …the lighting,colours …but wallpaper! WOW!
    What a beautiful choice.
    Fantastic job Kate.

    March 12, 2013
  3. Trish P #

    This is just incredible. You’ve turned what is a pretty dated, tired little space into something absolutely modern and divine. I can’t imagine how it wouldn’t be great for business. It’s now the sort of place that would be fab just to hang out in, and would give you confidence that you were going to get a cut or colour or whatever that’s completely and utterly ‘now’. It is indeed a radical transformation and indicative of real talent.

    March 13, 2013
  4. sue #

    fab kate! fresh, funky (do people still use that word!?!) & fabulous… just the right measures of restraint & over-the-topness… ;)

    April 12, 2013
    • kate #

      Thanks Sue!I am pretty chuffed with it.

      April 17, 2013
  5. Tom #


    Really love this design and fit out. I’m sure it’s even more impressive in the flesh. Well done.


    July 3, 2013

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