Vancouver – Neighboured by the likes of Aesop, Arc’teryx and Patagonia, Fig, a new spot for all-natural facials and skincare treatments in Vancouver’s Kitsilano area, is conveniently central for its wellness-minded target audience. The shop – which brands itself as the world’s first clean skincare bar – was designed by local practice Scott & Scott Architects, and is dominated by the same shades of green as its namesake plant.
The brainchild of entrepreneurs Jessica Walsh and Anita Chan, Fig differentiates itself from competitors by offering innovative facial treatments done quickly, in 30 minutes or less. Walsh had relocated from London after years of creative directing and fashion editing and saw a gap in Vancouver’s wellness market for a company so uniquely tailored to modern lifestyles. The concept behind Fig is designed to attract fresh-faced Vancouverites looking for a convenient experience that doesn’t sacrifice quality or comfort.
Scott & Scott’s finished work with the service-retail space translates that vision to passers-by in the Kitsilano area. It also further communicates the changing face of clinical spaces, as we’ve seen from Berlin to New York City: Fig is no fluorescent-lit dermatologist’s office.
Inside the early-1900s white-bricked shopfront that Fig inhabits, visitors are enveloped by calming hues of botanical green. The practice’s objective with the space was to use the full volume of the 37-sq-m space with that key colour, and modular fittings. A curved shelving system integrates product display, a wash basin and seating, while a series of perforated-steel half cylinders combine services and indirect lighting. Treatments happen within three pods, which each have green Japanese barber chairs and are shrouded in full-height velvet curtains making for a relaxing, private enclosure.