5 by 2 metres: only 10 square metres for both a hairdressing salon and an art gallery, which is already very unique. But Daniel Kelly, a hairdresser and artist, wanted more for DKUK, his unisex salon, and entrusted the design to Sam Jacob Studio, who decided to use the commercial space for a cultural project. Thus, the shelves have become a graphic feature that shapes the walls and interacts with exposed artwork, while classic salon features, such as mirrors, have disappeared to leave room for the experience of getting a haircut or colour without being able to see yourself.
Specialising in colouring, the salon-gallery has the support of Arts Council England and offers artists the opportunity to exhibit without the pressure of galleries and the complexity of public spaces. The design explores the power of looking through frames, translucencies, perforations and reflections, and enjoying a material experience like a haircut or colour while experiencing a new interpretation of the space.
Valentina Monti / Alessandro Di Giacomo