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Period pieces so glam they're camera ready

July 19, 2007|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

"People in Los Angeles want their homes to look like old movie sets," says Jim Turner, the man behind the new store Period. "They just don't want old furniture." His solution: updating French and English antiques with lacquered finishes, metallic and patent leather, laser-printed velvet and zebra hides. As creative director for Flaunt magazine, Turner has a firm grasp on the fabulous. His new designs include an X-framed camel-hair sofa that tips its hat to French midcentury master Jean-Michel Franck. Vintage Hollywood also turns Turner's head, and his stock includes a collection of Chinoiserie furniture and two gilded neoclassical dining sets, including the one shown at right ($9,500) and another by legendary decorator Dorothy Draper. The store is open by appointment at 708 N. Wilton Place, Los Angeles; (323) 461-6567.

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