- Category: Barber Shop
- Tonalite products used:
Silk chalk hollow tile, 7.5 x 15, as a wall covering in work areas. Examatt ivory-must, must-ivory and Esagona ivory for the bathroom floors and walls.
Aquilanti-Expo Bagno Roma – Venditore Andrea Menditto
Arbit is an interior design studio based in Sacrofano, Tivoli. Architects Claudia Cipollari and Stephanie Klara Barbieri founded the studio in 2015 as the result of their shared passion for design, materials and architectural composition, mainly in renovations of private homes and commercial buildings. We are a team of professionals with the shared aim of creating quality in a sector that increasingly neglects attention to detail and that is why we search for the best products that can express our ideas to the full.
What where your objectives when you chose the materials to be used for your floor or wall coverings?
Frisor is a traditional Roman barber shop in the Tor Sapienza area. The shop had the same appearance for years, until two young entrepreneurs, Marco and Emanuele, contacted Arbit Studio to redevelop the store so that clients could immediately perceive the real value of their professional activity. This is why they decided to invest in a complete and striking renovation, to give a modern look that still contained the distinctive style of artisan skill and a material nature. We created a turnkey project in which the focus is on materials. Ceramics, lights and plenty of wood are studied down to the smallest detail and nothing is left to chance. Seeing their customers come in and take photos was extremely satisfying.
What made you chose the Tonalite products?
We chose Tonalite products because they met all the needs of our design, from the choice of colours to finishes and sizes.
What colours and combinations did you chose and how did you use them?
For the workspace wall we wanted a simple, bright product that wasn’t banal, whose material nature and colour didn’t interfere or annoy employees at work. We chose a hollow flat tile Silk by Tonalite in a matt, pale colour that wasn’t too dazzling. The flat tile laid like a curtain, recalls the brickwork that is typical of artisan workshops. The satin surface is unusual and does not create irritating dazzle or reflections from the strong lighting in the work area. It is also easily washable, and was exactly what we needed for that wall.
In the bathroom, we used hexagonals Examatt in ivory and must colours that recall the geometry and colours of cement tiles of the early 1900s. We wanted to be a little more daring, continuing up the main wall from the floor, having a bit of fun with colours and always recalling the artisan tradition that is the key to our design.