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December 21, 1996|CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE

The benchmark of 20th century designer Charles R. Mackintosh's work is a chair. Well, chair designs, where form and line, along with gothic spirit, are emphasized.

Several of Mackintosh's works, which were displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently, have been reproduced by Cassina using the original specifications. His designs, which precede the Modern movement, range from delicate to severely geometric.

Among the reproductions are the Argyle (right) and Ingram High chairs. The Argyle ($1,380) has ebonized oak framing and an upholstered seat that is covered with black-and-blue check horsehair fabric. It originally was designed for the central table in the Argyle Street Tea Room in Glasgow.

The Ingram High, along with a lower-back version, was intended to create a hierarchic order around the dining table. When grouped in a ring, the chairs ($1,115 each) form a fended-in private zone.

These chairs and other furnishings based on Mackintosh's designs are available at Modern Living and Diva in Los Angeles and MPLA Associates in the San Diego area.

Country Sides

When you want to add a little bit of country to your decor, Chapters wall coverings is the place to look.

Among the titles in this grouping are Daisy Mae, Chick Chick and Country Lane. The Daisy Mae border isn't kin to Li'l Abner; rather, it's a bursting pattern of flowers. A coordinating stripe wallpaper with the same name is available.

All 62 wallpapers and 31 borders are prepasted, with fabric-backed vinyl. They are also scrubable and peelable.

The Chapters collection is available at home centers througout the county.

Laticework

Sometimes strips have more of an effect than stripes.

Such is the case with the bronze mirror frame (about $336) by Palecek, which is based in Richmond, Calif.

The strips add texture and rustic appeal to your favorite looking glass.

Call (800) 274-7730 or visit the company's showroom in Los Angeles, 1933 S. Broadway in the L.A. Mart; (213)748-9563.

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