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Man in the mirror

June 21, 2007|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

GRAHAM CALDWELL'S sculptures may be shown in galleries, but they are really designed for light-filled homes. His work, now on display at Bank in downtown Los Angeles, unites steel armatures and glass spikes and spheres that illuminate, refract, reflect and invert their surroundings. "I'm inspired by molecular models and the antiquated turn-of-the-century version of science fiction," the 33-year-old says of his fusion of Industrial Revolution-era science and contemporary installation art. A 16-foot-high assemblage titled "Proprioceptor" consists of more than 80 pivoting security mirrors and looking glasses that "enable narcissistic surveillance of ones self," says Caldwell, shown here in a reflection. "Dark Field View," an exhibition of his work, runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through July 14 at Bank, 125 W. 4th St. No. 103; (213) 621-4055. To see more of the artist's work, go to: www.grahamcaldwell.com.

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FINDS

Campfire style with indoor comfort

Known for swank lighting fixtures that reference the work of midcentury French and Italian designers, David Weeks has introduced a warm and witty collection of candle holders priced for ordinary folks. The Ulterior Votives collection for the low-cost, high-style home accessories firm Kikkerland Design consists of three bisque porcelain pieces: Campfire, shown here; Chiminea, a sleek Scandinavian take on the Mexican outdoor hearth; and Oil Drum, which conjures up a cheeky Skid Row ambience. They can be ordered through the Los Angeles stores Zipper, (323) 951-0620; and New Stone Age, (323) 658-5969; or the Santa Monica Museum of Art, (310) 586-6488. They also can be purchased for $14.95 each at www.shiptheweb.com (enter "candle holder" in the product search box and scroll down to see all three).

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday June 23, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
Modern furniture: An item in "The Scout" in Thursday's Home section said the Littlebig chair from Baleri Italia doubles as a cat valet. It doubles as a coat valet.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday June 28, 2007 Home Edition Home Part F Page 9 Features Desk 0 inches; 25 words Type of Material: Correction
Modern furniture: A June 21 Scout item said the Littlebig chair from Baleri Italia doubled as a cat valet. It doubles as a coat valet.

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SEEN

Bending all the rules

Nino Cerruti, the Italian fashion designer, dropped into Santa Monica two weeks ago to introduce his latest venture: Baleri Italia. Cerruti acquired the Italian contemporary furniture firm three years ago and hired New Yorker Jeff Miller to create a collection for U.S. consumers. The 38-year-old industrial designer responded with innovative, space-efficient pieces. Among them: the Bigbend table; the Littlebig chair, shown here, which is both a seat and a cat valet; and Obo, Miller's modular plastic storage units that can be used individually as side tables or configured into room-dividing bookcases. The collection is available at Linea in Santa Monica, (310) 451-1600, www.linea-inc.com.

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REDISCOVERED

Modern tables with a craftsman's touch

Indiana Modern is a new firm dedicated to reviving the marriage of handicraft and chic modernism employed by upscale midcentury furniture manufacturer Dunbar and its late design guru, Edward Wormley. Working with Roger Lee Sprunger, an 87-year-old Dunbar veteran, Indiana Modern's new collection of occasional tables are elegantly proportioned with 1950s Italian and Scandinavian silhouettes, and they echo Wormley designs that integrated tiles by Los Angeles ceramists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. A three-legged walnut table with brass feet and a glass mosaic-tiled ovoid top is $4,500; a swag-legged version with a square resin-inlaid top, above, is $4,300. Both are available at Downtown in Los Angeles, (310) 652-7461, www.downtown20.net.

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