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Togos for tots

March 15, 2007|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

FIRST produced in 1973, the Togo chair by Michel Ducaroy put the French furniture design house Ligne Roset on the map. Apartment dwellers loved its size and portability, and decorators grooved on its futuristic shape and Shar-Pei-like folds of fabric. Now the firm is offering two versions scaled for toddlers and tweens. The Baby Togo and Mini Togo come in four colors and have removable microsuede covers for easy cleaning. The collection, President Pierre Roset says, "perfectly suits the lifestyle of today's youth -- taking an iconic design and adapting it to fit within their modern living spaces." The line also includes the Mini Glup, a two-tone legless ottoman, and the Gregory, a play mat that can be folded and assembled origami-style into a seat. The Mini Togo shown here (for ages 5 to 12) sells for $880, and the Baby Togo (for 2- to 4-year-olds) is $645. Both are at Ligne Roset, 8841-49 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (310) 273-5425; www.ligne-roset-usa.com.

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FINDS

Threads of light

Industrial meets industrious in the Gossamer pendant light by Hivemindesign. The imposing 32-inch-diameter dome is made from spun steel, and the light is diffused through a hand-strung web of silk thread. The inspiration comes from the 1960s hobby of making string sculpture and the Spirograph drawing toy, which generates lacy geometric designs. "We always liked string art and how math is an integral part of the beauty of each piece," says Ruby Metzner, a partner in Hivemindesign. The Gossamer, shown here, is $1,260 at Show, 1722 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 644-1960. The light also is available with a white dome and thread, in black-on-black and in silver-on-silver.

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SPLURGE/ SCRIMP

They've nailed it

Splurge: At WilliamsSonoma Home, the star-studded look is available on traditional chairs and headboards as well as on this contemporary drum ottoman. At 20 inches high and 15 inches wide, the Keaton can serve as a seat or side table. It's $400 in fabric with chrome or antique nailheads (as shown) and $900 in one of 10 leather styles. www.wshome.com.

Scrimp: Grandin Road's studded tables are limited to green and pumpkin leather and may not be suitable for seating, but you get two pieces for a fraction of the price. A 17-inch-high table fits inside the 24-inch-high drum, and both have lids that lift off, revealing lined storage compartments. The set is $299. www.grandinroad.com.

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SEEN

This is a McDonald's?

"Our company has decorated elaborate nightclubs and restaurants, but we wanted to bring design awareness to mainstream America." So says Carleton Varney, president of the legendary interiors firm Dorothy Draper & Co. and the man responsible for the high-glam look of a new McDonald's in Ontario. Translating the Draper vision for the fast-food arena, Varney used a striking color scheme: white and black walls with Lucite tables and a curved supersized settee instead of traditional banquettes or booths. The furnishings and lighting in the dining room were created by the Burbank firm DSA Design Systems, (818) 569-3683, and, yes, are available to consumers by special order. The restaurant is at 1170 Philadelphia St.

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