ISSUE 25  |  Summer in Los Angeles

Art & Photography: Galvin Benjamin Salon in Los Angeles

June 24, 2011 10:30 AM

BY Julie Carlson

To be filed under "Only in LA": Hollywood hair salon as art gallery, in the form of the recently opened Benjamin Galvin Salon on Melrose. Owners James Galvin and Benjamin Mohapi are veterans of the UK hair styling scene who grew weary of gray skies and decamped to Los Angeles. Their 2,300-square-foot salon, designed by Venice-based Marshall & Agriam, has a gentleman's club vibe, with Chesterfield sofas and walls painted in moody shades from Farrow & Ball. During styling sessions, clients can contemplate a rotating collection of art (everything is for sale) curated by LA consultant Sonja Teri and featuring original works by street artists like Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Anthony Lister, Skullphone, Curtis Kulig, and more. Go to Benjamin Galvin Salon for more information.

Above: The salon's entrance on leafy Melrose Avenue.

Above: The unfinished ceiling features strategically positioned skylights; stacks of vintage books complete the library look.

Above: Hairstyling stations consist of custom-made Edwardian writing tables.

Above: A taxidermy polar bear anchors the airy space.

Above: A neon splashed artwork by Kelsey Brookes hangs above the reception desk (for similar ideas, go to Paints & Palettes: Fluorescent Color Accents).

Above: An art wall curated by Sonja Teri, with everything for sale.