Shapes of Marseille: Le Coiffeur Pascal Lancien Salon

Standing out from the crowd in Marseille's Les Terrasses du Port shopping district is Le Coiffeur, a new hair salon that puts an inviting new spin on the conventional format of a hairdressing studio.

Marseille native and Fabrica alum designer Margaux Keller created the space for local hair stylist and salon owner Pascal Lancien. The creative thinking behind the salon is visible throughout its interior. From suspended glass pendant lights, blown in Italy and inspired by the shape of vintage hairdryers, to the simple sofa and coffee table that adorn the salon’s waiting area, there is an alluring tone to the modern space, which has been realized in the muted seaside tones of azure blue and yellow.

Le Coiffeur's storefront is outfitted in matte black lacquered steel and large glass windows. The elegant script of the salon's title sweeps across a central portion of the largest window. The entry immediately opens to a display of expert hair products selected by Lancian, a pattern of concrete tiles thereafter moves clients toward the rear of the salon where the magic happens.

For shampoo services, Keller has designed a one-sided wooden cabana, discreetly tucked at the end of the space for privacy. Haircuts and styling take place at bespoke, individual desks called ‘La Coiffeuse’ that come with arched, slightly hooded mirrors to further preserve a sense of intimacy for clients.

Keller was careful to retain plenty of southern French touches. Not only is the shampoo cabana inspired by the cabins of Marseille fishermen, the mix of concrete and tile on the shop floor is also a nod to Provençal tradition.

The space has been well received by locals because the designer drew inspiration directly from his hometown of Marseille. Colors, shapes, materials derived from Marseille. The combination of the blue water creeks, yellow light, natural light wood, the sheds of fishermen and the tiles of Provence all work in harmony to celebrate the modern Marseille.

Photography by Laure Mélone


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