Hair Seaport

A compact salon with serious storage needs

Within less than 580 square feet, our client charged us with fitting: a reception & waiting space, product display, a refrigerator, five stylist’s setups, five hair processors, two shampoo stations, a color bar, a lash treatment space, a space for customer selfies, an accessible bathroom, laundry, a mop sink, a utility room, and as much storage as possible. After running through a series of iterations where every inch mattered, we arrived at the solution you see here. One where: every feature serves multiple functions, accessibility clearances are met, storage is accounted for, and their brand is broadcasted to the world.

Plan The pink tone indicates storage

Street Presence The 15-foot central wood display & storage fixture is a warm counterpoint to the glass & steel of the surrounding neighborhood

Mirror, Mirror The custom mirrors reference the geometry of the shelves. The seam at 8’ above the floor minimizes waste, keeps cost down, and is above the sight-line

Seeing Things At the rear corners of the space, the paint transitions from eggshell to satin. This gives the rear wall visual interest and makes those locations—where the stylists work with dye­—easier to clean

High / Low Mix We found a standard anti-fatigue mat product and designed the floor paint at the stations to give it a custom vibe

Off the Shelf We specified a 3” diameter wood dowel to give the fixture visual heft, and because it was readily available from product suppliers

Future Growth The shelf spacing is designed to accommodate the tallest hair product we could find, plus three inches, so that it will serve the client for the long term

Double Lit The sconces at the stations softly light each patron, while a pair of adjustable track lights overhead provides the even lighting required for the stylist’s to do their job

Display / Storage / Screen The central fixture serves many functions. One of the less obvious, but critical, ones is that it helps screen views across the space to create a more intimate experience between stylist and client

Secret Stash All of the benches have hinged tops and interior storage






74 Pier 4 Blvd
Boston, MA 02210


Interior Design
Furniture Selection


WS Development,

Hair Seaport,

BLW Engineers
MEP-FP Engineer

Pieszak Lighting Design, 
Lighting Designer

Russco General Contractors
General Contractor

George Gray,

Primary Projects PLLC
2330 Horton Street
North Dighton, MA 02764
+1 617 440 4674