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With its heyday in the late 19th century, the barbershop was traditionally a place for gentlemen to not only get a high-quality cut and shave, but one where they could gather to relax. Today, from London to Atlanta, a new brand of the barbershop is uniting that welcoming tradition with modern design.
1. In London’s Bow Lane, local design firm FormRoom combined brass piping, red and white herringbone tiles, bespoke distressed mirrors and dark walls adorned with traditional barber tools for the famed Jack the Clipper barbershop flagship. “The idea was to make people feel comfortable and indulged within the luxurious yet macabre atmosphere, but intrigued by their surroundings,” says lead designer on the project, Emily Ditton. “The curiosities, murals and interior details create an ode to the notorious Ripper and add an eerie, gothic sense to the space. We wanted people to come away feeling that they had been exposed to a truly unique barber experience.”
2. In Quebec, Blades Barbier combines retro furnishings with a sleek, but welcoming interior, blending hickory wood with a black color palette. “We really wanted the customer to feel the old-school theme mixed with modern touches,” says architect Camille Bernard of PARKA Architecture & Design, the firm behind the design.
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3. Set to open next October for the 2018/19 season, the SWAG Shop inside the newly renovated Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks NBA team, will indeed offer a truly unforgettable barbershop experience. The second SWAG from the city’s own rap star Killer Mike, the shop’s four retro style chairs will allow patrons to indulge in a shave and cut with a direct view over the court.
Rendering courtesy of the Atlanta Hawks