HJ Interiors: The New Hari’s on Fulham Road
The new Hari’s on Fulham Road is a beautiful fusion of different architectural styles and living plants. A former antiques shop, the new premises had to be gutted before the team could start on the interior design process.
Name: Hari’s Hairdressers
Address: 88 Fulham Road, London
Owner: Hari Salem
Design: Industrial chic with antique Indian furniture
Hari’s Fulham Road – The salon
Four salons across West London and 40 years in business makes Hari’s Hairdressers a London institution. For this reason, the decision to relocate the Brompton Road salon to Fulham Road was made with care and consideration. “The new premises are close enough to our old Brompton Road site so as not to alienate our loyal clients to come but with lots of foot fall to attract new business too,” explains owner Hari Salem.
A skylight feature was put in place, the basement dug out and brand new industrial-standard plumbing and air conditioning was installed during 2018’s freezing cold spell (described in the press as the ‘beast from the East’). The schedule for the whole refit was tight as the salon was due to open on Easter weekend.
The biggest point of difference in the Fulham Road salon is the beautiful sky light and the living greenery. The salon is separated into three distinct areas each with its own creative vibe. The styling stations are crafted from industrial steel, the colour area features gothic church pieces with stained glass windows and the basement is filled with furniture sourced from India by owner Hari Salem himself. “Hari went to India to collect old vintage furniture which he has adapted himself. Our favourite piece of furniture is the 400 year old Indian door which we have adapted to stand alone as a work of art and a bespoke clock which is made out of 40 other clocks!”
Another key point of difference for the salon is the lighting. “We employed a lighting designer, Delta Light from Belgium. On the ground floor there are three Murano chandeliers running through the middle of the salon and Murano wall lights between each station,” says Hari. In the basement there are three pairs of art deco wall lights and a bespoke circular moon light built into the ceiling.
The new salon is unmistakeably Hari’s, without looking like a cookie-cutter version of the other three salons. It highlights bespoke interior decoration at its best.
Hari’s top tips
Have a five-year plan
Visualise the salon in the future. If anything, we could have made the salon bigger.
Work with original features
Turn any ‘awkward’ structural elements such as beams or piping into striking features.
Don’t cut corners
Make sure you have the best hot water and back wash system – you don’t want to run out when you’re busy!
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