On 10 June 2013, at the prestigious Australian Hair Expo Awards, Ryder took home the Best New Salon Design award, beating out three other Australian finalists. The salon, designed by architects Petr Cvejn and Andrew Greenslade, opened in June last year on the corner of Customs St and Britomart Place. Within this maritime context, the salon’s design makes abstract references to steel workshops, as well as wooden boat construction, with a stripped-back, Japanese feel to the space.
The key design elements are four-metre-high, 5500-piece American White Ash timber screens, expansive ceiling-hung mirrors, and a monolithic waxed-steel reception desk. Ergonomic basin area loungers imported from the Netherlands make the hair washing process as relaxing as possible.
As at the former Ryder salon, which sat at the top of Bowen Ave for 13 years, salon founder Greg Murrell collaborated with leading New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai to stage an installation of Parekowhai’s work throughout the salon.