2020 IID 🏆 Awards

Runner-Up: John Barrett Salon by Ronnette Riley Architect

The former sleek, glass, chrome and lavender salon was housed on the penthouse floor and former residence of Bergdorf Goodman. Organized as a series of rooms, each provided a different service. There was limited natural light from the residential scale windows.

First Runner-Up – International Interior Design Awards 2020
Firm | Ronnette Riley Architect
Designer | Ronnette Riley

Project Category | Interior Design
Project Team | Ronnette Riley FAIA – Principal-in-Charge; Yumi Moriwaki, AIA – Project Architect; Andres Lizarraga, Assoc. AIA; Rachel Schad, Assoc. AIA
Country | United States 
Photographer/Copyright | ©Peter Aaron

©Peter Aaron

The new salon is located two blocks away. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto East 57th Street and Four Seasons Hotel. The client wanted a homey atmosphere, so reception is designed as a living room with floor lamps, area rug and vintage modern furniture. Skin-care, beauty products, art books and jewelry are on offer. The client’s personal artwork is displayed along with rotating art exhibits.

The salon is a modern gathering space for patrons and events. The open layout table arrangements and custom bookshelves with an eclectic book collection are inspired by refectory & reading tables and create a new temple to self-edification in a reading room of sorts.

The main salon is ringed with red terrazzo floors inset with wide-plank oak. Squiggly LED light fixtures, decorative bubble lamps and track lighting illuminate the space. An antique hand-blown glass chandelier reigns over the make-up area.

The colorists are arranged by the windows to take advantage of the abundant natural light while styling stations are scattered throughout. Hair-washing is separated by a clear glass wall. A private VIP room and manicure/pedicure room are located off the main salon. A small pantry provides gourmet fare.

The salon was designed in six weeks and constructed in eight weeks.