Designers: Assemblyroom 2013
A full refurbishment was undertaken for the ground and basement floors of this Grade II listed building in the heart of Spitalfields, to convert it into a modern hairdressing salon for Percy & Reed. The building, which started its life as a banana merchants, is located in a conservation area and sits directly opposite the iconic Christ Church by Nicholas Hawksmoor and right next door to the 10 Bells pub (famed for its Jack the Ripper connections) so the place is steeped in history with plenty of character features.
The brief was to create a modern salon which would reflect the Percy & Reed brand whilst respecting the heritage and the listing of the building’s interior. We worked closely with Tower Hamlets & The Spitalfields Trust to retain the character of the building and the scheme was designed to respect the fabric of the interior. Consequently areas of exposed brick have been retained to emphasise the original warehouse character of the space and the built in elements that provide the more functional roles (storage and shelving) have been treated with Farrow & Ball painted tongue & groove doors in line with the original distressed vertical wall planking. Large mirrors give light to the rear of the space and Workhouse Collection floor tiles add a decorative feature to the backwash area.