The lady who has been running a ladies parlour in the same place for the last 10 odd years, wanted a complete makeover. Her brief started with her story of not being able to grow her business despite of her skills and services.
Since she did not have a presentable space, not many clients came and neither did good companies agreed to display their products. The architects’ response started by understanding her way of working, her current and expected clientele and the kind of growth she aspired for. One of the major constraints was the tight space at disposal.
The architects started by addressing this aspect, firstly by re- shaping the indoors & then by integrating the outdoors (which otherwise was a dead space.) Then considering the client’s functional requirements, they defined the exact usage of both these spaces. Keeping in mind that the said space is surrounded by other houses overlooking it closely and moreover this being a ladies parlour, maintaining the aspects of privacy was crucial.
Chiranjivi Lunkad, Principal Designer, Studio Infinity, Pune
Overall design vocabulary was conceived to create visuals and decor that will be attractive for all class of clients. Items of arts and craft were integrated in the designs right from the planning stage. This parlour was to be designed in a small room of the owner’s house located on a narrow street of a residential colony.
The architects decided to respond to this situation by creating largely inward looking space, segregated from the house retaining its privacy. The marginal outdoor space adjoining this room, was designed to be an integral part of the parlour. One of the prime constraints was space available. Keeping the costs in a stipulated limit, was also a major concern.
The design vocabulary & material palette required a lot of detailing. They wanted to define aesthetics at the same time create a backdrop for display of various beauty care products. Use of wood, cement floors, bamboo, fabrics and other finishes with high textural quality, helped the architects to create the desired earthy sensorial experience.
Typology: Beauty Care Saloon
Location: Akurdi, Pune
Carpet Area: 190 sq ft Indoors + 340 sq ft Outdoors
Photo Credits: Atul Kanetkar
About Chiranjivi Lunkad
Principal Designer, Studio Infinity, Pune
Chiranjivi Lunkad co-founded Studio Infinity along with Architect Tushar Kothawade in 2008. Since its Inception, her Studio Infinity has successfully completed a wide spectrum of projects,with a conscious effort to create a common platform, where creative endeavours are backed by professional expertise. She stood Runner Up in the Best Use of Color-Interior Design Category in WADE ASIA 2019.