London's smallest hair salon and gallery: the fun hair salon of British artist/hair stylist Daniel Kelly, DKUK

The United Kingdom is a beautiful country with both classic traditions and modern modernity. There are always many beautiful combinations of retro and innovation. The new style of the complex shops and old factories is always hidden and creative. The combination, waiting for us to experience the excavation. Founded in 2014 and based in the Peckham area south of London DKUK Hair salon is a wonderful composite idea. Different from the general hair salon - when the customer sits down and cuts the hair, the front face is a large mirror. DKUK combines art and hair salon to make the customer face the mirror reflection instead of the cold mirror. It is a wonderful and interesting art and design work.

 

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Photography/ Jim Stephenson. Image Source: Sam Jacob Studio.

Daniel Kelly, founder of DKUK, is an interesting figure in himself as an artist and hair stylist. Daniel has worked in the world-renowned Toni&Guy before he was trained in art and created as an artist. When Daniel decided to start his own hair salon, he decided to combine the two majors he liked, so that all the guests who came to cut and make shapes could not only support art through consumption, but also be in this mini gallery. In the beautiful environment, feel the interesting sparks of art and fashion. Daniel uses the income of the business salon to plan a limited time exhibition with different artists/designers/arts platforms; in this unique way, more than 20 exhibitions of various themes have been held before and after; The theme is different from the co-artist, and the hair salon also presents different looks and styles.

 

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DKUK and Norway Entrée The gallery and artist Jóhanna Ellen collaborated to recreate London's hair salon in the space of Bergen. DKUK Presents Jóhanna Ellen: Digital Retreat Dot Com, curated by Lars Sture, 2016. Image Source: Jóhanna Ellen.
《DKUK Presents Jóhanna Ellen: Digital Retreat Dot Com》, curated by Lars Sture, 2016. Image Source: Jóhanna Ellen.
DKUK and Norway Entrée The gallery and artist Jóhanna Ellen collaborated to recreate London's hair salon in the space of Bergen. DKUK Presents Jóhanna Ellen: Digital Retreat Dot Com, curated by Lars Sture, 2016. Image Source: Jóhanna Ellen.
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DKUK and Norway Entrée The gallery and artist Jóhanna Ellen collaborated to recreate London's hair salon in the space of Bergen. DKUK Presents Jóhanna Ellen: Digital Retreat Dot Com, curated by Lars Sture, 2016. Image Source: Jóhanna Ellen.
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(Not) Every Thread Ties Down / Your Split Ends Are Showing, Curated by Leo Cohen & Lucy Rollins, 2016. Image Source: DKUK.
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(Not) Every Thread Ties Down / Your Split Ends Are Showing, Curated by Leo Cohen & Lucy Rollins, 2016. Image Source: DKUK Facebook.
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Widows and Orphans by Jamie Shovlin, 2016. Image Source: DKUK.
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Widows and Orphans by Jamie Shovlin, 2016. Image Source: DKUK.

And in early 2017, DKUK and the architectural design team Sam Jacob Studio Work together to recreate the hair salon space. Along with the opening of this major renovation, a small exhibition of “Make It Real” was held, which transformed Sam Jacob Studio's experience in architecture and space design into one object, echoing its space. "Looking at an art gallery or hair salon, we usually have very different ideas about them. This time in the space design of DKUK, we explore the use of "framework", "translucent", "hole" and "reflection"; I also think about how we are “watched” or “not watched”, just like how we “see”.” The exterior of the building printed on the T-shirt, the 24 K gold plated tube, made of putty The work of the chair, etc., is expected to convey the blurring boundary between "imagination" and imagination.

 

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Photography/ Jim Stephenson. Image Source: Sam Jacob Studio.
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Photography/ Jim Stephenson. Image Source: Sam Jacob Studio.
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Photography/ Jim Stephenson. Image Source: Sam Jacob Studio.
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Photography/ Jim Stephenson. Image Source: Sam Jacob Studio.
DKUK for Sam Jacob Studio. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2017.
Photography/ Jim Stephenson. Image Source: Sam Jacob Studio.
DKUK for Sam Jacob Studio. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2017.
Photography/ Jim Stephenson. Image Source: Sam Jacob Studio.

Although this is a small space of about three pings, it is a fun space of design, beauty, practicality and art through the designer's elaborate planning. Art and design fans who have the opportunity to travel to the UK may wish to take the time to experience this miniature hair salon and gallery.

 

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Holdrons Arcade, 135a Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST, UK

 

Image Source: DKUKDKUK Facebook & Sam Jacob Studio & Jóhanna Ellen.

 

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