SOTY 2015: Buzz Salon | Salon Today

FYI- SOTY means Salon of The Year. We are one of 20 salons in the country to receive this distinction (this said while grinning slyly and buffing fingernails against our jacket lapel). #buzz_salon #downtowniowacity #neumannmonsonarchitects #lbp @bionicporkchop
Iowa City, Iowa
Owner: Jodi Connolly
Established: April 2014
Salon style: Modern, Minimalist, Organic
Square footage: 2,200
Stations: 12
Equipment: Takara Belmont
Furniture: David Naso
Total design investment: $700,000
Retail lines: Oribe, Shu Uemura, Kerastase
Color line: Wella
Design by: Neumann Monson Architects
Architects: Newmann Monson Architects
Photography: Newmann Monson Architects, Assassi Productions, Mainstreet Studio
Owners’ Comments:
“My architects and I wanted clients to walk up the staircase and embrace a feeling of being in an ‘urban treehouse.’ Everyone does industrial chic, so we wanted simple, hideaway chic.”
Judges’ Comments:
“The two-tier layout, with unique staircase, places a retail boutique on first floor and services on the second—equal play for two essential salon elements.”—Jan Hillenmeyer
“The juxtaposition of concrete and warm wood makes this space unique, warm and sleek.”—Laurel Nelson
“The use of wood to balance the concrete and glass is beautiful. I really appreciate the design of this salon’s custom stations and a minimalist approach.”—Tomy Lulgjuraj