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Vaders Dye reimagines the tattoo parlour as a minimalist spa experience

A professionally designed tattoo parlour isn’t common—even in metropolitan Germany. But tattoo artist Melina Wendlandt of Vaders Dye wanted to appeal to a discerning, aesthetically minded customer. To outfit her Hamburg studio like a high-end spa, she commissioned Deglan Studios, whose passion for handcrafted collectable design gives their work a unique and artful quality.

‘The goal,’ said Deglan’s Domenic Degner and Falko Landenberger, ‘was to develop a product that particularly appeals to lifestyle-oriented customers who would not just go to any tattoo studio.’

Deglan’s intervention gave the property a clean, minimalist quality that soothes and inspires confidence. The designers worked with the unusual contours of the space, softening and smoothing corners, then mitigating those curves with a monolithic counter down the centre, built in threaded brown travertine.

The clinical treatment beds, on which Wendlandt creates her whimsical body art, can be folded away behind tall mirrors like murphy beds when they’re not being used.

A cool, natural palette and gauzy window treatments endow the space with a bright airiness unencumbered by vibrant colour or alarming surprises. Wendlandt’s distinctive style comes through in the organic shapes and the colour story – limewash and asphalt with matt black accents.

To elevate the interior, Degner and Landenberger brought in a few signature one-off furnishings. It wouldn’t have been Deglan without them.

Towering chrome-edged mirrors match the chrome dye carts on caster wheels
Photography: Eric Petschek
A view through the minimalist spa, which has a sculptural travertine marble counter
Photography: Eric Petschek
The back of house area features a chrome kitchen
Photography: Eric Petschek
The top of the staircase
Photography: Eric Petschek

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