A Peek Inside London’s Self-Care Salon – Linnaean Salon, Spa and Restaurant
The new wellness concept salon Linnaean features a hair salon, beauty spa and café/restaurant – all under one roof.
Linnaean in Nine Elms, London is best described as a salon dedicated to self-care. With hairdressing, beauty and wellness experts all in one space, Linnaean’s aim is to help clients navigate modern life, while putting their health and happiness first.
What Makes Linnaean Unique?
“Contemporary life is filled with negative as well as positive disruption,” the owner of Linnaean, Elena Tayleur explains. “We go through constant changes – these can either herald opportunities, but they can also make us feel overwhelmed. At Linnaean we help our guests keep up with modern life by keeping them balanced.”
Elena was drawn to the premises due to its unique location. Nine Elms is an area of re-generation. Thanks to the new US Embassy and nearby Battersea Power Station redevelopment, a new wealthy international community is right on the doorstep.
Split across two floors, Linnaean boasts a hair salon, beauty treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure stations, retail area as well as a standalone café.
The salon’s colour scheme is a contrasting palette of greens and soft coral shades, which makes the whole space feel bright and modern. Limed timber, rattan and woven leather bring a tactile element to the design, while vibrant ceramic tiles and terrazzo stone keep the look refreshing and contemporary.
Soft upholstery featuring botanic motifs provide a nod to Linnaean’s distinctive heritage and contemporary artwork by female artists complete the look. The hair salon also features a glamorous secret corner that holds a colour cocktail bar.
The 1920s inspired colour bar brings the salon’s Goldwell hair colour creations to life. “Our technicians love the glamour it brings to mixing colour,” adds Elena.
The interior took a year of architectural and design planning and four months of construction, as the team worked with sustainable design consultants, engineers and architects to ensure a high standard was reached. The designer of the salon, Martin Brundnizki, is an international interior architect who has designed iconic spaces such as Annabel’s London and The Ivy.
Named after 18th century Swedish naturalist and taxonomist Carl Linnaeus, Elena created Linnaean to help clients nourish, adapt and grow their bodies and minds. This is a salon that takes a 360° approach to self-care – just what’s needed in 2020 and beyond.
Elena’s Top Tips
Always represent the brand
Focus your refit on preserving the core beliefs and design aims of your brand image.
Communicate with clients
Talk to your customers to see what they like and dislike before you start renovating or designing a new interior space.
Be a salon spy
Visit other salons to seek inspiration and notice the small details on your journey.