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THE SCOUT

March 29, 2007|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

FORMER set designer Suzan Fellman stages theatrical productions of home decor in her 600-square-foot showroom. "Every piece is created for me and is treated like a cast member," she says of her latest, Hand Made, a collection of the crafty and the couture. Folk art constructions include a vintage bottle cap chaise ($6,000, shown above with Fellman) designed by Dakota Pratt of Hermosa Beach and a vintage mirror mosaic urn ($850, right). Fellman has a thing for woodsy designs: tree-shaped copper fountains, maple slab-top side tables, a birch log daybed and a corkscrew willow console and mirror. She also loves to bedazzle, encrusting a deer skull and horns with Swarovski crystals ($950) and turning vintage wallpaper and antique linens into lampshades and pendant lights (from $300). The store also stocks vintage 1970s ceramics by California potter Ann Mallory, hand-woven baskets by Fellman's parents and fragrance oil diffusers by Lamp Berger of Paris. 678 S. Cloverdale Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 936-7759; www.suzanfellman.com.

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INNOVATIONS

The candle that isn't

Call it the uncandle. Ora is a macassar ebony table sculpture with a polished aluminum chamber that holds plant-derived lamp oil in four fragrances, including jacaranda blossoms and fig. With a strong nod to Art Deco design and Cartier detailing, the clean-burning lamp is part of a collection that designer DayNa Decker calls "eco-couture." The line also includes candles with wooden wicks that gently crackle as they burn. The Ora, also available in burled mappa, comes in 12- or 18-inch-diameter sizes ($360 and $480). The reversible wick burns for 16 hours; replacement wick and oil packages start at $36. The lamp is available at Zipper in Los Angeles; (323) 951-0620. To view the complete line, www.daynadecker.com.

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AUCTION

Steuben pieces hit the block

More than 100 pieces of Steuben glass from the estate of antiques dealer Joan Callner Miller will be put on the block Wednesday evening at the 20th century decorative arts sale at Bonhams & Butterfields. The collection includes a Rosalin-overalabaster etched glass jar (estimated at $800 to $1,200, shown here), a 1908 Art Nouveau Aurene glass vase (estimated to sell for $4,000 to $6,000) as well as the glass company's animal figurines that were popular collectibles in the 1960s and '70s. The "modern design" section of the auction has a strong local flavor with ceramics by Beatrice Wood and Laura Andreson and outdoor furniture by the defunct L.A. firm Ritts Co. Fans of the late-'70s chunky look will find large-scale tables, beds and chairs by California designers John Dickinson, Michael Taylor and Sally Sirkin Lewis. Previews start Saturday at 7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 436-5422; www.bonhams.com.

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INTRODUCING

Elegance, Trump's way

No, it doesn't feature an orange shag rug that's thin in the middle. Trump Home, the new furniture line by the star of "The Apprentice," premieres at the High Point International Home Furnishings Market this week with two collections: Westchester, ornate McMansion furniture heavy on burl and brocade and as over-scaled as the Donald's ego; and Central Park, a genuinely sophisticated take on Art Deco that includes the rosewood-finished, Manhattans-for-two cocktail cabinet shown here. Trump swears he has "personally signed off" on all of the designs, which are produced by Lexington Home Brands, the manufacturer of the Liz Claiborne, Nautica and Tommy Bahama home collections. The new pieces should arrive in stores this summer. www.lexington.com.

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Reaching the Scout: Submit suggestions to the Home section, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; \o7home@latimes.com\f7.

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