A fourth generation business, Sam’s Barbers wanted a new look to mark the latest chapter in their 100 year history. Still very much a traditional barber, they are a one stop shop for grooming products, a quick cut or hot towel shave and even a cup of of coffee. They wanted the design to allow for this multi-purpose use while reflecting their rich history and creating a welcoming atmosphere for their loyal customers.
We took inspiration from three backdrops of the early 20th century: The classic barber shop; the apothecary and; the gentleman’s club.
We took inspiration from three backdrops of the early 20th century: The classic barber shop; the apothecary and; the gentleman’s club. Marrying these styles allowed us to create seamless spaces for each element of the business- all serving a specific purpose while contributing to a singular design concept.
We created the dark wood apothecary inspired unit and glass cabinets to display the largest range of men’s barber and hair products in Ireland. The dark panelled ceiling is reminiscent of smoky drawing rooms and library bars. This masculine palette is continued throughout the shop and is complemented by marble worktops, antiqued mirror and traditional belfast sinks at the grooming stations.
Finally, the use of red leather grooming chairs, ribbed glass shades and bronze detailing pays homage to the golden age of barbering. The aproned barbers and customers in striped capes are right at home in this barber shop.
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