Akmē is a Melbourne beauty salon that transcends expectations in both atmosphere and aesthetics. An elegant and minimalist form unifies the interiors and styling and branding shape a place that eschews clinical design to cultivate an inviting sense of sanctuary in the heart of South Yarra’s urban milieu.
Across two levels, a curation of neutral tones defines a considered approach to materiality, drawing attention to natural patinas and textures. Warmth and beauty are accentuated and the whole creates harmony and balance throughout. Clients cross a threshold with double-height glazing and step into a light-filled waiting area with soft linen sheers that demark the outside from the inside.
Filtered sunlight is cast upon travertine floors, boucle fabric, sand-textured walls and natural timber. Paper pendants float above a generous curved sofa that anchors the waiting area and mirrors the clean curves of the internal arches. Beyond, a reception area continues the visual language created for the brand while upstairs, space has been carved into four private treatment rooms which foster wellness and self-care.
This is a timeless space, designed with longevity in mind, to reflect the business’s goals for the future and a long-term outlook on beauty and wellness.
Furniture: Globewest. Lighting: HAY, Cult, Sphera. Finishes: Dulux, Murobond, Eco Outdoor, Polyflor, Academy Tiles, Polytec, Axess, James Dunlop Textiles. Fittings & Fixtures: Reece.
Photography: Timothy Kaye