The future of urban mining: Salon hair waste as a material for the built environment
a collaboration between
Green Salon Collective @greensaloncollective
Pareid Architecture @pareid.architecture
Gina Conway Salon & Spa @gina_conway_aveda
London Design Festival @l_d_f_official
London Design Festival 2022, 17-25 September
Gina Conway Salon & Spa
62 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
Somewhere between a sculpture and a piece of architecture, this installation invites the public to engage with hair "waste" both visually and tactically. It is strategically located inside a salon, the very setting from which it is "mined", confronting the public with new possibilities on what is generally considered waste. Can cut and discarded human hair be intelligently intercepted from the waste stream? If so, what potential applications are there for this naturally recurring human grown product? And can we eventually recalibrate our relationship with these rejected follicles, turning it from waste, past a utilitarian object, and instead into something we affectionately value?
OFFICAL LAUNCH EVENT 13 SEPTEMBER 2022
Members of the press and public were invited to our official opening evening party where all collaborators were present to share their journey of developing the concept through to building the three metre high installation.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLLABORATORS
GREEN SALON COLLECTIVE
A circular waste disposal business serving the hair and beauty industry, offering education on sustainability, carbon offsetting, chemical waste elimination and research.
An architecture and urbanism design studio founded by Déborah López and Hadin Charbel that operates through the search and approximations between interdisciplinary fields across multiple time scales.
GINA CONWAY SALON & SPA
Awarding winning, high end Aveda lifestyle salon and spas with locations in Notting Hill, Fulham, Poole, Wimbledon and Winchester.
The 20th anniversary edition of the festival which celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world.