The remodel of Eric’s Paris Salon in Beijing began with the need for a connection between a newly acquired second-floor space for new hair-cutting stations, and the existing entrance, reception and retail space on the ground floor.
GRAFT introduced a sinuous, flowing staircase that links the two spaces and creates a ‘vertical catwalk’. It is the central element from which the different functional areas branch off. Manicure and pedicure stations are set to one side as galleries for wandering clients to admire fellow customers, and hidden rooms clad with patterned padded leather feature custom-designed massage tables.
As the stair ascends, it morphs into wall panelling and loops over to enclose a corridor before peeling off to ascent to the second floor. Its spiralling form is accentuated by the polished metal cladding, on the inside echoing the sensuous boldness of red fingernail gloss and on the outside mirroring the clients in abstract patterns as they return from their beauty treatments.