cascading frames greet customers at talkin' heads hair salon in athens
cascading frames greet customers at talkin' heads hair salon in athens
mar 29, 2015

cascading frames greet customers at talkin' heads hair salon in athens

cascading frames greet customers at talkin’ heads salon in athens
photography by olga koutantou




converted from an old pharmacy, this corner location is where ‘talkin’ heads‘ hair salon situates in the kolonaki district in athens. created by london-based practice bureau de change, the architects use a theatrical stage set as their design concept. steering away from a traditional hairdressers’ interior, the establishment has been given a makeover with the 50 sqm space split into two levels, the main haircutting area based as ‘the stage’ and the mezzanine as the ‘back of house’. on the outside and as clients enter, the cascading frames is a focal point; swaying in response to the movement of the people below. the ceiling installation displays 130 individual picture frames which hang in a playful manner, ranging in different sizes, most are left empty whereas some display mirrors. the swooping feature all hang from 1mm thick steel wires and use a dark timber profile of differing thicknesses. with glazing on both sides of the unit, this maximizes the natural light whilst the cutting stations are inevitably arranged as a trio of inward-facing seats, each with their own suspended mirror and in turn, encourage a social interaction between the hairdresser and the client. 

bureau de change hair salon athens designboom
trio of stations face inwards towards each other

bureau de change hair salon athens designboom
the frames range in size from 16 by 21cm to 73 by 86cm

bureau de change hair salon athens designboom

bureau de change hair salon athens designboom
the frames cast dramatic silhouettes on the space beneath 

bureau de change hair salon athens designboom
130 individual frames hang from all corners of the shop

bureau de change hair salon athens designboom
the corner plot of talkin’ heads hair salon

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    503,284 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine