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THE SCOUT

Study in contrast

January 18, 2007|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

AS a screenwriter, Jeff Fazio knows all about shaping a piece. "I like working with wood," says the Santa Monica resident, "because I can imagine something and make it my own way in a couple of weeks." After years of doing marquetry work, Fazio began crafting solid-wood lamps and furniture from light maple and dark walnut. The results, including hefty Modernist cubes reminiscent of an M.C. Escher chessboard ($600) and striped organic shaped pedestals ($450), do double duty as stools and side tables. Using contrasting woods "draws attention to the sensual texture of traditional forms," Fazio says. The piece shown here is at Zipper, 8316 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Zipper also carries Fazio's chairs and lamps in exotic hardwoods. (The oversized chess piece and hourglass are from Z Gallerie.) The designer's Pagoda lamps are sold at Silho, 142 N. La Brea Ave., L.A. For custom work, call Fazio at (310) 383-2800.

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REDISCOVERED

Futuristic spin on an old-world original

Austria's best-known Modernist industrial designers, Carl Aubock (1900-57) and son Carl (1924-93), left a legacy of classic cast-metal housewares, including hand-shaped bookends and corkscrews that looked like old-fashioned keys. As originals from the Aubock Vienna workshop continue to rise in price at auctions and in vintage furnishings stores, architect and family historian Carl Aubock III has begun to reissue midcentury classics. Among them: This update of an old-world chamber stick ($385) mixes a futuristic, streamlined silhouette with the rustic beauty of a wind guard made from natural horn. It's at OK, 8303 W. 3rd St., L.A.; (323) 653-3501.

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HOME PAGES

That's reel-time comfort

Not going to the Sundance Film Festival? Not to worry. The Sundance catalog has just the chair to curl up in and catch up on the next wave of indie pictures. Taking its cues from mountain McCabins and ski lodge decor, the Chapin is handmade in the U.S. from reclaimed solid ash, and upholstered in rugged yet snuggly shearling. The boxy armchair ($1,995) comes with a matching ottoman ($995) and side table ($450). (800) 422-2770; www.sundancecatalog.com.

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SAVE

How low can it go?

Sacrebleu! Roche-Bobois' sale on floor samples and accessories begins today. The Parisian-based furniture firm will offer up to 70% off retail prices on designs by Vladimir Kagan, Paola Navone and Hans Hopfer, who designed the Mah Jong sofa shown here in fabric by the fashion house Kenzo. The modular system, first issued in the 1970s, can be configured at standard height or low to the ground, and it features hand-sewn cushions, rolled and quilted. The seating, special order only, will be 20% off. 8850 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 274-6520; 3060 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-1422; 7611 Girard Ave., La Jolla, (858) 459-0297, www.roche-bobois.com.

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