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Distinct Beauty: The Parlour Hairdressing

Standing out from the crowd, The Parlour Hairdressing offers a one-stop beauty destination with a distinct ambience.

Photo by Bagus Tri Laksono

Nestled in the elite neighbourhood of Central Surabaya, The Parlour Hairdressing boasts an eclectic industrial design with a sophisticated blend of vintage and the contemporary. The use of raw bricks and a large arched metal window on the building’s faade creates an authentic industrial look. Reaching the open doorway, you sense that you are somewhere else, outside Asia. Adjacent is a piece of art on the brick wall as well as the stairs that will take you to a space that will redefine what a beauty salon can be.

The three-storey building boasts a state-of-the-art hairdressing salon on its second floor and an office on the third. While the first floor has been left unoccupied for business, the entire space has been infused with strong eclectic industrial elements, including the use of raw concrete and cement floors. “Many say that the atmosphere doesn’t feel Asian. We want our customers to feel that they’re not in Indonesia. We offer hairdressing services in a state-of-the-art space that lets you escape from your daily routine,” says Tristan, The Parlour’s creative director.
Tristan adds that the salon was built around the things in his life, such as the skull motif of his tattoos. “You see some skulls featured in the design, including the skull door handles. I also have a fetish for rugs. I put two rugs I brought from Istanbul downstairs.”


The idea for the buildingÕs design stretches back to when Tristan was still studying hairdressing in Manchester, the UK. “The apartment where I used to stay was designed by British fashion designer Jasper Conran. I was inspired by his industrial style in using big arched raw metal windows. Here in Indonesia, we had to paint the window due to the weather, so as to prevent metal from rusting.”

The building also uses raw bricks for its exterior and parts of its interior. “We want all the finishes to look natural and untouched. We used different textures, such as wood and metal. We also wanted to be as eco-friendly as possible, so we used a lot of recycled woods and second hand metals,” Tristan adds.

The chic interior also incorporates copper plates and iron cable rollers. It’s cosy and inviting. “The way that we’ve created the space is our biggest selling point,” he said. “Unlike most beauty salons, our chair arrangement provides generous space between one chair and another. This way, you still get personal attention from the stylist, even during our busy hours.” One thing worth mentioning is the salon’s beverage station, which has been decked out with a sumptuous list of coffees, teas and chocolates – all are ready to be served by a friendly barista.

The Parlour started operations in 2009 in a smaller venue, moving to its current space in January 2014. It offers a comprehensive list of hairdressing services, such as haircuts, blow drys, re-texturising, colouring, nail service and make-up, to name a few.


Following the success of The Parlour in Surabaya, another has opened its at Dharmawangsa Square, South Jakarta.
The innovative approach that Tristan and his team have implemented puts space and creativity at the forefront of the business. “We want to pamper every customer in a unique ambience so they can enjoy the colours of our space with music playing as the background, while we deliver world-class salon services.”

Project Data

Project Name
The Parlour Hairdressing

Site Area
463,60 sqm

Gross Floor Area
1,389 sqm

Creative Director
Tristan Hall

Architecture & Interior Consultant
PT. Mardia Cipta

Principal Designer
Monica Sutjih

Lighting Consultant
Monica Sutjih & Tristan Hall

Main Contractor
PT. Mardia Cipta

Interior Contractor
PT. Mardia Cipta (for waiting room, hall, manicure and pedicure, treatment room and toilet) and Iconic Design Jakarta (for other areas)

February 2012

November 2014

The Parlour Hairdressing
Jl. Imam Bonjol No. 29
Tegalsari Surabaya 60264
T: +62 31 561 5580


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