It’s not often you’re called into a meeting that’s hosted inside a beat-up shipping container, but at Salon Service Group, that’s the norm. This unusual office space is the brainchild of Jon Dodd, Joyce Buxton and Signey Akins from Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative, the design team that helped transform Salon Service Group into a corporate headquarters, retail store, warehouse and distribution center. “We spent a lot of time listening to what Gino [Salon Service Group’s owner] and the different departments needed to work together,” Dodd says.
To create this multi-faceted space out of one building, Dodd and the team had to get creative, and that’s where the shipping containers came in. “This company ships products all across the country,” Dodd says. “We thought this was a unique way to create space and storage all at once.” To find shipping containers in the right color and condition, the team worked alongside the building’s contractor and sifted through dozens of photos to find the perfect ones. Not only do the shipping containers serve as meeting spaces, they’re also structural features and support the second-story executive conference room.
Polished concrete floors continue the industrial style that’s balanced out with large murals consistent with Salon Service Group’s products and clientele. Bright pops of color lend an exciting energy to the large industrial building that also boasts the company’s in-house store and salon. Even the outside of the building was given style with the help of curved metal beams resembling eyelashes. “Function was our biggest goal,” Buxton says, as she points out how offices were designed to allow growth within the company.
As it turns out, including that extra space has paid off. In fact, Salon Service Group had to expand its warehouse to meet demand before the initial structure was even finished. Turns out getting creative has paid off big for both Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative and Salon Service Group.