Design: J-Byron H
Opening date: July 2017
Store size: 62 sq m
Located on Beverly Boulevard, Color Camp is a new manicure bar in Los Angeles offering a stripped back, minimal interior. Architect J. Byron-H teamed up with branding studio Weekday Studio to evoke a sense of playful discovery and avoid the predictable, cluttered environment often associated with contemporary nail salons.
Instead, a bright white space is enlivened with bold shapes. Circles, semi-circles, concave and convex shapes play across bolsters, tables, shelving, doorways and branding. A gradient mural wall and custom bright blue furnishings bring pop accents of colour.
Industrial materials like concrete and steel are cushioned by a vibrant gradient of pinks, oranges and blues, inspired by the roughness of the city's structures against the brilliant skies.
A key challenge with this project was to make the extremely narrow space feel open and inviting without losing the functionality and efficiency of a nail salon. The primary organisational element of the space is the manicure bar: a long, slender, counter-height table where guests and artists can choose to sit or stand. Above the bar is the hanging shelf, a multipurpose utility structure which acts as storage for tools and supplies as well as the provider of lights and audio.
The top of the structure is accented with a lush array of tropical plants. Across the aisle are a series of 1/4in-thick blackened steel two-top tables which appear to fold out like paper and hover above the ground. The bar stools and chairs were customised for the space in collaboration with Los Angeles furniture designer, Chris Earl.