Scandinavian design is taking the world by storm. And the ripple effect of this eco-friendly influence can be felt everywhere, including indie salons.
"The focus was on creating a clean, luminous space with cherry plywood, concrete and glass accents,” says Alexandre Anctil and Yanick Chartrand-Kravitz, partners at Brossés salon in Montreal’s Mile-Ex. “We also wanted to get away from clinical whites, and that’s why we chose soft apricot as our signature colour.”
Why AG Hair?
Brossés caters to a diverse clientele from the gentrifying neighbourhood. In line with the cool vibe of the decor, the team has also selected brands known for their socially responsible philosophy and eco-driven products, such as AG Hair from Canada’s West Coast. The company is heavily invested in philanthropic initiatives and, since 2008, has raised more than $1.8 million to facilitate education for girls in Africa through its Women Leading Change foundation. “It was important for us to work with high-performance products that also give back,” says Anctil.
#Instaworthy Salon Interior Design
Light, airy and soothing with its pastel palette, Brossés has garnered a lot of attention since it opened, including becoming a Contessa finalist for Interior Design.
Clients love the calm atmosphere and the gorgeous hairstyles so much that they happily let the staff snap photos on their way out, contributing to the salon’s gallery-worthy Instagram account.
“We installed a ringlight next to a white wall so that our photos capture the subtleties of the hair colour and the skin’s warm glow,” says Chartrand-Kravitz. “It was important for us to create a signature look for our salon.”
Details: Opened July 2016 by Alexandre Anctil and Yanick Chartrand-Kravitz
Design: Alexandre Anctil, Yanick Chartrand-Kravitz and architect Robert Lavoie
Space: 1,132 square feet
Team: 7 stylists/colourists
Brands: AG Hair for backbar and retail; multi-brand for colour