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Gemma Figueras
30 octubre 2013

Henna Morena’s evocation of the Mediterranean, the new natural cosmetics showroom in Barcelona.

Henna Morena_003Henna Morena is a brand, a shop and laboratory specialising in natural cosmetics for hair which promotes the rediscovery of hair care rituals using natural products and Mediterranean cosmetics. The design of the new showroom, located in the Born district of Barcelona, evokes this same philosophy, the concept has been defined by Sandra Vivanco, architect of this new brand.

Henna Morena_010Henna Morena rediscovers the natural ingredients used since ancient times for the cultivation of personal beauty sourced from the Mediterranean. Elements such as henna, the only existing plant that can pigment the hair naturally. The henna pigment molecule has the property of binding to the hair without damaging its protein.

HennaMorena4Equally the interior design of the showroom features authentic traditional natural materials: wood, ceramics, clay, iron, rush and wicker… to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere with a distinctly feminine character.

Henna Morena_013Serving both as a new showroom for the cosmetics brand as well as a saloon where demonstrations are held and henna-treatments are provided, the space consists of an elongated corridor like area sectioned longitudinally into two zones. A dividing panel, made with a grid of white glazed panels incorporates mirrored and smoked glass, creating a visual continuity while also separating its functional divisions.

HennaMorena2The screen is opened in some sections via sliding or swing doors, leading to a quieter rear area. Reminiscent of the typical glazed galleries there is a generous wet area made from exposed cement in this section, this functional element evokes the traditional spaces where women gathered to pamper and beautify themselves.

HennaMorena1The cement flooring serves as a neutral backdrop for an eclectic selection of furniture made from diverse materials that evokes a liberal and spontaneous sensibility. Including furniture from Arxe, the San Cugat del Vallès design workshop which creates bespoke pieces from recycled industrial materials.

Henna Morena_009The graphic image of the new brand has been created by the Petit Comitè studio, who also participated with the development of the brand, conceptualization and design of its products (long with Imma Padilla) and who also carried out the graphics within the shop space.



Photographs: Lili Bonmatí.

Henna Morena
Esparteria, 12
08003 Barcelona
Tel. 93 315 11 91


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