Melbourne’s luxury beauty studio Buff knows how to nail interior design – Book a manicure, pedicure or polish

You won’t find harsh lighting or white walls at any of the Buff Nail Studios locations in Melbourne. Instead, founder Emma Forrest decided to create a sanctuary for those who want to take some time for themselves (and their nails).

“It’s about this transition from the street,” Forrest says. “I want people to walk down this hallway and pass through a beautiful space.”

She wanted to recreate the feeling of going to a high-quality hairdresser or beauty salon – a place where you’d want to linger for a while, rather than sneaking in and out.

Forrest opened his first studio in Brighton in the depths of Covid in May 2020, and studio Camberwell followed suit in November. Both of their books are often filled months in advance, so booking in advance is essential.

From the moment you step into Brighton’s concrete slab space, you feel luxurious. Designed by local firm Golden, the space has a curved roof that plays on the structure of a bed of nails. Both stores have playful pops of pastel pink and royal blue, built by The Melbourne Builder & Co, who also took on the design reins for the Camberwell space.

Much research has also been carried out on the dimensions of the tables, in order to ensure maximum comfort. Many Buff treatments last over an hour and the furniture is specially designed to provide ultimate support for as long as you are seated.

The team uses a nail system called Dazzle Dry, which is a non-toxic, vegan, and long-lasting nail polish that includes a base, color, and top coat. And there’s no need to worry about ruining your nails before they dry out, either – you can use your hands within five minutes of polishing your tips. Buff also offers a premium chip-resistant gel polish that cures under an LED lamp.

Forrest recommends the signature manicure and pedicure service for those who have never visited before. There is also an express manicure-pedicure service for the time-poor. Other services include nail art, shellac removal, and hydrating collagen hand masks.

Betty K. Park