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Artfully designed, built to deceive

September 16, 2004|David A. Keeps and Adamo DiGregorio | Special to The Times

Even in the best of homes, things are not always as they seem. When it comes to design and decoration, however, faux can be a friend. What you may sacrifice in authenticity, you are likely to gain in practicality and cost.

The French have long called this two-dimensional parlor trick trompe l'oeil. In Southern California, with its indoor-outdoor lifestyle, the idea of transforming one material into a household object that looks like it's made of something more precious is just plain clever -- and as Hollywood as a 3-D movie.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday September 23, 2004 Home Edition Home Part F Page 7 Features Desk 0 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Lamp material -- A caption in last week's "Wanted" column said a lamp called the Duke was made of bronze and crystal. The lamp is made of ceramic and Lucite.

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