(Los Angeles) - Midway between downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean is ChopChop: a splendid collision of art and hairdressing. The creative force behind the salon is owner and Bay-Area native, Darin Birchler. A hair stylist for more than 18 years, Birchler apprenticed with Suiki Lohr of Architects and Heroes in San Francisco, where he learned Sassoon's advanced haircutting techniques. The famed though now-defunct salon provided Birchler with the foundation for a successful career and the concept of integrating an art gallery and hair salon.
"I like the idea of exposing art to the everyday world," said Birchler. "Our clients anticipate the new artwork as well as our gallery openings, which are one part dance party and two parts art reception." Installer every six weeks - about the time it takes for lowlights to grow out - Birchler personally hangs the art and reconfigures the freestanding stylist stations to accomodate each new exhibit.