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On another plane

July 27, 2006|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

FOR the late David Wilkins, below, sculpture and architecture were always intertwined. He created figurative war memorials as well as dynamic abstract constructions, including the bronze gates at the Steele Laboratory at Caltech and his best known work, "Gateway," an illuminated minimalist arch at 300 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena. Wilkins is celebrated in a modest retrospective, above, at Mor York Gallery in Highland Park. From construction-paper models to finished pieces, Wilkins' work demonstrated an architectural "depth of exploration of flat planes bending and folding through space," says Mor York curator Clare Graham. "You look at his sculptures and can imagine them being buildings." The show, "David Wilkins: Sculptor," will be open to the public 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday as part of the monthly gallery walk of the Northeast Los Angeles Arts Organization (www.nelaart.org). Mor York Gallery is in the unmarked building at 4959 York Blvd., (323) 663-3426.

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SAVE

Yours, for one day only

Nadeau Imports, which sells to furniture stores and catalogs nationwide, is offering wholesale prices to the public at its annual one-day warehouse sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The company, which specializes in hand-painted and carved wood pieces from Asia, carries the usual Chinese oxbow chairs and Indian cabinets made from reclaimed doors as well as inexpensive versions of period styles including Gothic, French Provincial, Queen Anne and Mission. Iron garden benches start at $90, a mahogany dresser in brilliant turquoise is $240, and the three-drawer console with carved legs shown here, normally $280, will sell for $154. 10730 McCune Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 559-6326; www.nadeauimports.com.

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INNOVATIONS

For the DIY crowd

L.A. Design Concepts, the service that allows the public to shop the trade-only Pacific Design Center, has launched a new program allowing do-it-yourselfers to buy designer furnishings without hiring a designer. Customers tell L.A. Design Concepts which wholesale furniture, fabrics or other furnishings they want, then the company places the order, arranges delivery and handles all paperwork for a 20% service fee. (310) 581-3774.

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TRENDSPOTTING

Color's big comeback

After seasons of cocoa and watercolor pastels, West Elm has broken out in a rash of summer color. In its while-supplies-last price reduction at the Santa Monica store, the orangepowder-coated tripod table lamp is $29.99, a tall turquoise glass vase is $19.99 and spangly 12-inch-square sari-inspired pillow covers and neon bath towels are $9.99 each. The yellow resin pillar candle stand, charmingly described by a sales clerk as "Jonathan Adler for less," is $6.99. 1433 4th St., (310) 576-7270.

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HAPPENING

Prairie home companion

The surprise of last year's Redondo Beach International Antiques Fair was the variety of dealers with Colonial, country and 20th century folk art collectibles. This year, an expanded Americana section includes antiquarian Neil Rasmussen of Menlo Park, Calif., who will be exhibiting this turn-of-the-century prairie-style stained glass window ($1,400). More than 100 vendors will be showing Victoriana, European silver and porcelain, English linens and other finds. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd.; (310) 287-1896; www.theosatco.com.

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