Located at Reid House in the heart of Sydney’s central business district, the new Kao Salon Academy is a hub for education, bespoke events and innovative classes. Everything from hair and make-up to studio photography is conducted under one roof, with specially designed rooms for technical hands-on colour and styling sessions, theory learning, and classes in styling and design.
Designed by DNA Design, this new fitout creates a seamless flow across multiple areas, each with their own unique requirements. The building itself dates back to 1906 and is heritage listed, which added constraints to what could be done but provided the opportunity to renovate some of its original features, such as its hardwood support columns, to reinforce its Australian identity.
The designer, Anthony Farmer, worked closely with
Looking to create a ‘wow’ factor, the designer selected
For the reception counter, and lunch/tearoom, the design called for clean lines, simplicity, and monochromatic finishes.
Staron is repairable, renewable and UV stable, and after years of use the surface can simply be sanded and restored back to its original condition. Staron’s homogenous make-up means that it is a solid color throughout rather than just a surface coating. It is also easily thermoformed into flowing curves or sculpted into any shape imaginable, allowing for long and wide continuing surfaces that perform as one piece.
Within the confines of the space,
Kaynemaile’s ability to create a privacy screen while maintaining visibility and airflow was a perfect balance for this fitout’s requirements. A combination of fixed screens and folding screens were used, allowing users to adjust and divide the space as needed while providing a decorative backdrop to enhance the interior aesthetic.
The lightweight and malleable construction of Kaynemaile ensures easy installation, whether it be a simple ceiling-hung solution or as a curved form. In addition, the material is extremely robust, fire resistant, scratch resistant and impact resistant, making it suitable for many uses.