Uralskaya, a fashion writer and international correspondent for Vogue Russia,
New Style and Pulse UK, a fixture of London Fashion Week with a fixation for
contemporary photography, has created Salt&Chocolate London Laboratory.
Part art gallery populated with images of photography mavens such as Terry
O’Neill, Joseph Ford, Bob Carlos Clarke, Shlomi Nissim – part nail bar (YES, an
art gallery with a nail bar!) where a team of professional technicians pamper
an art savvy clientele. What one appreciates is the artistic environment, free
from the sterile feel of most nail bars, and the creativity of the concept as a
whole. Yana tells me that she had the idea from thinking that it would be really interesting to
combine a few ultimately different concepts. “One would think these two: salt
and chocolate, don’t go together, but a French
chocolatier invented this wonderful bonbon called “sea salt caramel chocolate”.
Salt is about purity and a fresh approach. The chocolate part is the darker,
more sensual side of life. Just like the photographs that are on show in the
store – a bit sexy, a bit risqué, even a bit threatening. And the photographs
are like the proverbial box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to
get, what overall feeling you’re going to create once you change the display or
order new amazing electric colours of the nail varnish.”

London Laboratory hosts evening drinks parties to promote new exhibitions and
artists. I find the selection of
photography very clever and absolutely spot on for Yana’s concept. Currently, a
Shlomi Nissim series caught my eye because of his recurrent dark themes of
wolves and a good dose of irony.