Harvey Nichols has unveiled a luxury beauty feature at its flagship London store as part of a project to revamp the department. John Ryan visits.

The freshly opened Beauty Lounge at the Harvey Nichols flagship in Knightsbridge is a follow-on from the blueprint developed for the retailer’s Mailbox store last year.

Designed by Virgile + Partners and fitted by Portview, among other things the 13,000 sq ft space features a beauty “concierge” who will advise on brands and treatments. There is also a nail bar that looks a little like the kind of thing that used to teleport crew from one place to another in Star Trek.

Worth noting too is the geometric floor, which mixes concrete with different kinds of marble, and a matt gold perimeter hanging system intended to give a degree of uniformity to the branded offers around the floor.

This is, first and foremost, a luxury offer and no compromise has been made in terms either of design or of the materials used. And if the mood takes you, one of the more advanced treatments on offer are vitamins injected into the bloodstream.

This is stage one of a project that will see the whole of the ground floor beauty department remodelled by the end of October.