BBlunt’s salon in Bengaluru designed by Gautam Desai is a pop art paradise

MAY 9, 2017 | By Nishita Fiji
L-R:BBlunt’s second outlet in Bengaluru features rough slate flooring paired with vibrant pop art accessories;The space was envisioned by Mumbai based designer Gautam Desai who wanted the space to be both utilitarian as well as glamorous;In tandem with the industrial theme, many surfaces in the salon have rough finishes while light pendants with exposed looped wires are suspended from the ceiling.
Photographs courtesy Gautam Desai.
Located in the fashionable neighbourhood of Indiranagar, BBlunt’s second outpost in Bengaluru isn’t just your everyday, run-of-the-mill hair salon. Early this year, it bagged a prize at the Grohe NDTV Design and Architecture Awards 2016 in the retail category. While assembling the space, Mumbai based designer Gautam Desai, made sure that it was equal parts sophisticated and contemporary to appeal to young customers. “We merged the utilitarian nature of the industrial style with a cool, glamorous aesthetic,” he explains.
Looking up towards the ceiling you will find exposed (but neatly tucked) mechanical systems including a lime green air conditioning duct and light pendants with looped wires. The rough slate flooring is contrasted with glossy furniture and vibrant accents including upcycled mirrors, metal travel trunks, pop art accessories and even a street hand cart.
Gautam has worked with siblings and co-founders Adhuna and Osh Bhabani on many of BBlunt’s salons, including a complete revamp of their flagship Kemps Corner outlet. However, now, he is helping them establish a completely new design identity for the brand. “Although every salon has its unique personality, we decided that we wanted to start a uniform design language for BBlunt that will gradually reflect in all of them,” Gautam states. “We first put this plan in action with the Indiranagar outlet,” he reveals.
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