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Sola Salons

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Sola Salons provides private studio spaces for hair stylists, aestheticians, manicurists and other local specialists. AlexAllen Studio was asked to re-think the design of Sola's existing brand for their newest location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The below-grade space was completely gutted to create 33 new studios equipped with hair washing sinks, built-in storage, and furnishings. A lounge acts as the focal point, anchored by a large communal island with a fluted base, and lit by a dropped ceiling reminiscent of the city's underground sidewalk vaults.


Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Project Size

7000 Square Feet



Photo Credit

Alan Tansey

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Several key design elements create an identity for the brand and define the space's use and mood.

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A waiting bench and directory are contained in the entry's wood clad arch which frames a view to the lounge and studios beyond. 

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The lounge can function as a waiting area for clients, a lunch spot for salon owners, or a gathering space for special events. 

Glass front studios line the hallways and give each occupant an opportunity to showcase their services. 

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The natural wood, black-stained oak, and concrete materials used throughout provide an elegant and subdued palette that fits the neighborhood’s aesthetic and creates a neutral backdrop for a variety of tenants. 

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The layout maximizes the number of rentable studios while also creating comfortable communal spaces for local small businesses and their clientele.

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