The annual London Design Festival kicks off this Saturday, September 14, with a slew of buzzy events and exhibits celebrating the city’s creative prowess. As one would expect, British designer Tom Dixon will be part of the fun, with plans to fill his Kings Cross headquarters with futuristic sensory experiences and installations as part of the TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty exhibit. Joining those experiences at Dixon’s Coal Office complex is New York-based online men’s grooming brand Harry’s, which will launch its Razor Bar pop-up shop, designed in collaboration with Dixon’s Design Research Studio.
“Harry’s generously jumped on board our TouchySmellyFeelyNoisyTasty festival and gave us the opportunity to cocreate a pop-up barber shop with [vp of design] Scott Newlin and the design team,” Dixon says. “It’s an unusually textural, luminous, and interactive razor bar, where the customer can not only get a professional shave but can also manufacture their own unique razor handle with our design team.”
A showroom, barber shop, and assembly station in one, Harry’s Razor Bar gives off a reverential presence with its cathedral-like vaulted ceilings and razors (designed in collaboration with Dixon) displayed atop pillars—almost as if visitors are there to their pay respects to all things self-care. Towards the rear of the space is a barber shop offering appointment-only hot shaves and FaceGym facials for men and women, while an assembly station lets guests design and build their own razors. Playing up the concept of community fostered in barber shops, the pop-up also features a spot to take a load off, chat, and order a cocktail from the bar.
“Design has always been one of our core principles at Harry’s,” Newlin said in a press release. “The Razor Bar celebrates the rituals that we all go through in the pursuit of self-care.”
The Razor Bar pop-up is open to festival-goers from September 14 – 22. harrys.com