OSCAR BOND SALON

USA, New York, New York

- 1999
A new concept hair salon with connectivity and social networking at its core.
Aluminum runway with stair welcome patrons to the salon.
Reception desk backed by two-tone rip-stop nylon, backlit at regular intervals.
Hair drying station.
Patrons can browse the web and communicate with people online via broadband connection while relaxing in the lounge.
While patrons relax in the lounge, video monitors allow them to interact with people online via web cams.
Custom light fixtures designed by JPDA and Mesh Architectures’ Eric Liftin.
Private room for salon treatments.
Original floor plan drawing.
Entry stair
Reception desk
Hair drying station
Lounge: side view
Lounge
Custom light fixtures
Salon treatment room
Floor plan

Design Team

Jordan Parnass

Consultants

Collaboration with Mesh Architectures/Eric Liftin.

Contractors

Abra Construction.

Photography

Michael Moran

The design for the Oscar Bond Salon presents a new concept for the salon. An extended aluminum runway brings visitors down into the space, arriving at a centralized waiting area. This lounge is the nexus of the space, a raised platform with broadband net connections and video monitors. Taking the broad sense of the term "salon," the project proposes a space for complex interaction among patrons, stylists, and via the Internet, anybody who wants to participate. The salon is completely networked for Internet and closed circuit video signals.

An associated web site was designed to interlock with the salon's physical space. Through web cams and custom server software, the site enables communication between the salon and the rest of the web.

The cutting station mirrors and the video circuiting allow for the transmission and reflection of images throughout the salon space, and out to the internet at large. The mirrors and reception desk are suspended from the salon ceiling.

The lighting for the salon is site-specific, and was custom made by Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture and Mesh, based on a system developed by Eric Liftin. The interior envelope is defined by walls of two-tone rip-stop parachute nylon, backlit at regular intervals by circular fixtures.

Oscar Bond Salon won the Best Retail Project for the Interior Design Interiors Award in 2000.

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