All-in-one cafe, salon and laundrette. Good idea!

Belgian design studio Pinkeye has combined a laundrette, a cafe and a hairdressing salon to create a place where customers can get a drink or a haircut while waiting for their washing.

The Wasbar, located in Ghent, is the first of a chain of stores which will appear in different Belgian cities. Along the edge of the room there are washing machines, while pastel-coloured cafe furniture occupies the centre and two hairdressing stations are located in the back. In this place visitors are free to relax while they wait for the end of the washing cycle; each washing machine has a name inscribed on the wall above it and all the pipes are tucked away out of sight.

Before the renovation the building was used as a bookshop; the original parquet floor has been restored and covered with a coat of lacquer. An original idea is certainly represented by an assortment of different drawers mounted onto the walls used to display price lists or as shelving for plants!

A graphic logo emblazoned with a clothes peg and a bottle opener is also printed onto the walls to create a solid identity.

I think that Wasbar, a brand-new launderette/meeting place, is a great solution: while their dirty laundry spins, the people of Ghent can enjoy a drink with friends or get a new hairdo in one of the two hairdresser’s chairs. I like this all-in-one concept! 😉

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