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Wallpaper Magazine features Her Majesty's Pleasure

October beauty news: editor's picks

Her Majesty's Pleasure, Toronto, Canada

Husband and wife team Jeff Armstrong and Sara Kardan are reinventing the salon experience for Torontonians. Working with local design firm +Tongtong, they have created a refined yet relaxed space that is equal parts bar, beauty salon and boutique. A soaring glass entrance opens into a café area that is laden with pastries and juices during the day, and serves up a creative array of cocktails at night. Behind a panel of glass and steel is the beauty lounge, with a display of nail varnishes and lip glosses worthy of a gallery. A raised wooden deck lined with white Adirondack chairs feature in the pedicure area, and a similarly styled zone at the back serves as the boutique and reception. Each zone exudes a unique character, but designer John Tong ties them together with clever reiterations of materials and patterns. White marble, for instance is used for the bar, manicure table and splash back; and copper detailing throughout the  space echoes the statement bar stools. We particularly like the cheery yellow ceiling above the boutique and pedicure area. Adorned with pitched wooden beams and gently lit to resemble skylights, they give a welcome touch of warmth to the sophisticated interiors.

556 King Street West, Toronto; Tel: 1.416 546 4991; www.hermajestyspleasure.ca

Writer: TF Chan; Photography: Lisa Petrole
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