© AKZ Architectura / Photography: Lesha Yanchenkov

Although the beauty business is a growing force to be reckoned with, many a salon surprisingly offers its clients a generic setting which hardly entices first-time clients to make a second booking. Enter Sculptor, an aptly named facial massage salon which maximised its DIY interior design concept inspired by a sculptor’s workshop with a little help from Ukrainian practice AKZ Architectura. Situated in Pecherskyi, a leafy suburban area of Kiev, the venue occupies an 80 sqm. 861 sq.ft.) unit in the plinth of a soaring modern residential tower. The premises are lofty, and although sparsely furnished, it features a clever visual layering which boldly signals the venue’s creative and forward identity. Upon entering, clients find themselves in a waiting area, separated only from the section with work stations by net curtains, and situated directly opposite an elongated reception desk captured by stainless steel. The reception desk is flanked on one side by a backlit wall ornament, and on the other, by a storage and exhibition podium in timber to display a selection of Sculptor‘s product range, and all against a backdrop of seemingly untreated walls and timber flooring dipped in a white hue. The back wall of a corridor leading to the kitchen, bathroom and utility room is clad in mirrors which optically enlarges the space. Avoiding the old-fashioned treatment cabins, the massage chairs and workstations are placed out in the open in two collective spaces, and one comes with two large custom-made suspended mirrors in frames boldly decorated with construction foam, allowing effortless socialising among clients.

Sculptor
Mykhaila Dragomyrova vulitsya 15 (Pecherskyi)
01103 Kiev
Telephone: +380 96 8218281
Daily 9-9

© AKZ Architectura / Photography: Lesha Yanchenkov