Masculine, moody, rustic, traditional yet modern, the brand new Brooklyn Barbershop by AJCD welcomes feelings of nostalgia and old-world charm with a distinct edge.
The 80sqm site within the Claremont Town Centre presented a basic white box – a blank canvas – which AJCD’s Ara Casella, Amy Clark and Jessie Nguyen had the pleasure of transforming.
“The brief essentially was to create a new version of the old,” says Ara. “We wanted to characterise an old saloon or whisky bar, which meant traditional timber paneling as wall cladding and decorative moulding and dado rails.”
Early on in the piece a mezzanine floor was envisioned due to the grand height of the ceilings. Not only did this significantly increase floor space, it also created interesting layering and depth within the space.
“We challenged our poor carpenters with our secret library door concept and timber cladding to the shop front, which were particularly fiddly details that were executed immaculately,” explains Ara. “The WCG team, especially Thomas and John Emile, executed our cabinetry detail with amazing precision and attention to detail.”
Without the green light to remove the existing glazed aluminium-framed shop front, the team needed to detail the cladding to work around it.
“Ultimately, we wanted Brooklyn Barbershop to look legitimately like it had been there for a hundred years, or pulled out of an old, historic manor,” says Ara. “We couldn’t quite find the right salvaged timber, so we worked with our timber gurus and came up with a profile cut from Oregon Pine, rough sawn and featuring lots of texture.”
Different oil combinations were used throughout the shop for variation between wall cladding and cabinetry, with spectacular results.
Designer AJCD Builders Western Construction Group (WCG) Painter Castle Painting and Decorating Lighting Emotion Lighting Metal fabricator Adeptus Fabrication Custom mirrors MSG Glass and Kyle Andrzejeski Blacksmith Timber supply Subiaco Restoration and AUSTIM Tiler STL Tiling Tile supply European Ceramics
Photography: Varga Murphy Photography