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A Look Back

November 30, 1996|CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE

The past makes for a bright future with the Retro Modernism lamp collection from Stiffel.

The lamps, which have classic 1950s style, add a modern sophistication to contemporary, casual or eclectic interiors.

In reintroducing the lamps, Stiffel recast the designs with the original molds created by Raymond Loewy and Ed Cole, product designers in the '50s best known for their avant-garde pieces.

Loewy, known as the father of industrial design, developed his sense of style by drawing inspiration from the art and artifacts of various cultures.

The Retro Modernism collection includes five original designs, including the popular twin-pull desk lamp.

This lamp, which has a minimalist polished brass base, supports an authentic shallow drum shade. It has a two-light cluster and twin pull switches.

Another popular lamp is the torchier, which has a sleek shaft and a spun metal shade, giving it a futuristic look.

The Retro Modernism lamps range from about $200 to $500.

They are available at Lamps Plus, 7262 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 842-2779; 23451 Avenida de la Carlotta, Laguna Hills, (714) 859-8906; and 805 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 337-1825.

Get the Message

It's easy to leave a message for your spouse and kids with the Voice It Family Message Center, which has four channels that can be assigned to family members or to topics such as groceries and to-do lists.

One button lets you instantaneously retrieve messages, record them and skip around to hear only the ones you want to hear.

A magnetic back allows the message center to stick to the refrigerator, or it can be attached to a wall or set on the counter.

The message center (about $90) is available through the Day-Timer catalog. Call (800) 225-5005.

Totally Totable

For the short haul or the long haul, Rubbermaid's Latch 'N Hinge tote locker is the way to go.

An ideal size for stowing and transporting toys, sporting goods or household supplies, the tote locker has a latch that allows it to be opened from either side, or the lid can be removed for top access.

It has easy-grip handles, can be padlocked and is crush-resistant.

The tote locker (about $12), which has a 16.75-gallon capacity, is 23 3/4 by 19 by 14 inches. It's available at home centers and other stores throughout the county.

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