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namekimera beauty
locationkyiv, ukraine
size114 m²
artem vakhrin katya aivazian

the five-story building on the pankivska 8 street in kyiv; is a place that has adopted the beauty parlor ‘kimera’. originally it was an old clubhouse, a typical historical city-center castle, that hid gargoyles and a fountain decorated with snakes in its courtyard.

the entrance to the salon is located on the facade wall when the living doors are aside. the total area of space makes 112 ​sq.m.

a tender pink is used as the major color, and a powder shade of terrazzo is the floor base. its combination brings body warmth and enveloping comfort. a fondatrice of the salon is passionate about gothic and anime that specified decorations and decor. the vintage mirror in a color bar is a heavenly body, which is spontaneously caught at one flea market.

designers artem vakhrin and katya aivazian have met their challenge in dividing space into zones like working places for hairdressers-hairstylers and make-up artists, a waiting area, a reception, a color bar, and in setting up a shop. the shape of the premise has determined the decision. even though the hall was divided in half, the room kept the open-space concept. a customized sofa and a glass partition were put for this purpose (the sofa consists of individual poufs, which might be stand-alone), so the area management becomes a functional solution. the glass curtain also closes a wardrobe rail. artem vakhrin and katya aivizian have used a light box system for brightening the working area, but the reception is pointwise lighted with luminaires. a chandelier of the spanish brand ‘by xjer studio’ and a table lamp of the brand ‘artemide’ are additional stylistic features of the main hall.

the color bar, stuff room, and restrooms are situated in the secondary hall, which is smaller than the main one. rooms are connected by a mirrored corridor that has a reflection of a gothic castle in it. the effect has been reached by putting a photo wallpaper to the opposite wall so that the mirror could display the picture. playing colorful led stripe was used for lightning.

combining gothic, anime, and pink, the ‘kimera’ beauty salon has become a place for enjoyable makeovers