This Bondi Beach Salon Is a Design-Lover’s Dream
As you step off Bondi Beach’s trendy Gould Street into the new light-filled and highly anticipated salon, Koda Cutters, you instantly know you’ve entered the space of a business that prides itself on style, quality, and craftsmanship.
The brainchild of Diane Gorgievski, renowned editorial stylist and a former senior stylist at the acclaimed Valonz, the boutique salon is not only good news for those who admire Gorgievski’s work, but for design-lovers everywhere—metallic copper Kartell chairs sit pretty in front of vast, floor-to-ceiling Phillipe Starck mirrors and under the Heracleum Big O light by Bertjan Pot.
“I wanted to create a space for creative freedom for my staff and a comfortable space with a real sense of luxe for my clients,” says Gorgievski. “I have a true appreciation for the art of design and the creativity that is used to make it come to fruition.”
To celebrate the opening of this coveted space, we spoke to Gorgievski, the creative genius behind the space, to find out how it was dreamt up—read on.
MYDOMAINE: Who designed the space?
DIANE GORGIEVSKI: I designed it! I have always had a love for interiors and it has been a great opportunity to do it for myself. As a creative, I had so much fun conceptualising how it would look and I feel like it's a constant work in progress. There is still so much I want to do.
MD: What was your inspiration for the design of the space?
DG: My inspiration primarily came from frequent visits to London. Everything is always so streamlined, clean, and minimalist and I love how effective these spaces are. Minimalism creates a luxe feel and a high standard of both appearance and quality—all attributes that Koda has. I took a lot of inspiration from the Phillipe Starck-designed Sketch Bar and Restaurant in Mayfair. I have been going there since the early 2000s and it has a real sense of familiarity for me.
MD: What do you love most about the space?
DG: I love the natural light. I have worked in many salons over the years where I haven't seen the light of day—and the same goes for working in studios on editorial shoots all day. I made the most of the light with custom Philippe Starck mirrors that cover the entire walls of the main staying section and reflect natural light throughout the entire salon.
MD: What is your favourite item in the space?
DG: It would have to be the Heracleum Big O Light by Bertjan Pot. It has this mystical feeling to it and its light makes everyone look so pretty. It sits above our round table which is the central point of the salon and instead of having everyone sit in their individual chairs, we bring them all together for a more relaxed and social setting while they wait for their hair to set, dry, or tone. The light really makes the room. Oh and my SONOS music system—music sets the entire tone of the salon and I cannot live without it.
MD: How many people occupy the office?
DG: Currently there are four of us. Myself (the Creative Director), another stylist, our receptionist, and a salon assistant. We're a small, boutique salon who pride ourselves on quality, with an editorial feel. We don't want to be the biggest, but we certainly aim to be the best at what we do.
MD: How long have you occupied this space?
DG: Four months and counting. I wanted to create a space for creative freedom for my staff and a comfortable space with a real sense of luxe for my clients. I have a true appreciation for the art of design and the creativity that is used to make it come to fruition. It feels good to work in a space that represents art of all aspects.