Draagbaar is an Amsterdam salon and concept store that combines hairdressing with art and design. Founded by friends Kim and Laura, Draagbaar (Dutch for ‘wearable’) operates as a hair salon, while simultaneously using the space to showcase Dutch designers and artists.

Occupying the ground floor of a traditional townhouse, the salon’s colourful interior is airy and welcoming. Simple plywood-decked mirrors and chairs are dotted around the centre of the two rooms; a flexible set-up which doesn’t detract from the pieces on show. Ranging from photography and illustration to jewellery and clothing, the artworks on display change every 3 months.

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Draagbaar originally started as an online platform, before moving into its premises in the up-and-coming Amsterdam East area in 2015. While Kim has been hairdressing since her teens, Laura attended art school before the pair met at a salon where they both worked. “We kind of found each other in a way,” Kim says, “we had the same perspective on many things – of how a hair salon should be, but also in terms of wanting to work together with other designers and artists in Holland”. Together, they founded Draagbaar online as a place to write about different creatives, as well as producing photoshoots for them. “And then the idea slowly started to develop, more in Laura’s head, to do a salon,” Kim says. “We work with freelancers who rent the chairs, which is quite popular these days. And that way you can still work as a team and you have a lot of good hairdressers surrounding you.”

Now entering its third year, Draagbaar is going from strength to strength. INFRINGE visited to see the most recent works on show.

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Kim Van Herk, Draagbaar Co-founder
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“We had the same perspective on many things - of how a hair salon should be, but also in terms of wanting to work together with other designers and artists in Holland”
Kim Van Herk, Draagbaar Co-founder
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Credits

Draagbaar is at Sumatrastraat 54, 1094 NG Amsterdam Website draagbaar.nu

Images Panos Damaskinidis
Interview Emma de Clercq
Special Thanks Kim Van Herk

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