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In living color

August 02, 2008|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

"I DON'T believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I think I must have lived in the 1920s," says Jim DeMeo, who recently opened the period furniture gallery Casa DeMeo in Silver Lake. Living in a 1931 hacienda nearby, he has a special affection for Mexican colonial and Spanish Revival, but he also deals in Art Nouveau, Deco and Arts and Crafts designs. "I'm celebrating the color, exuberance and romance of this city circa 1900 to 1940," says DeMeo, shown here on a 1930s leather club-style love seat ($3,200) next to a Monterey-style table inlaid with Taylor tiles depicting parrots ($2,200). Fans of aged and rugged decor will find great buys, including well-worn Oriental rugs (from $700). 2876 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 660-9922; www.casademeo.com.

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SALE

It's time to look back

An international array of midcentury furniture by masters such as Jacques Adnet, Piero Fornasetti, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Edward Wormley is being reduced by up to 80% at Emmerson Troop through Aug. 9. The sale also includes period reproduction pieces, hefty tables cut from French industrial water tanks and Blenko glass. A limited supply of contemporary designs by owner and interior designer William Emmerson will include a 4-foot-diameter solid walnut table and two chairs (reduced from $6,500 to $1,800) and the red-lacquered walnut Pinched Standing Lamp (formerly $1,800, now $450, shade not included). Shown here is a cherry wood sculpture, with a battery-powered clock face in bird's-eye maple, that has been reduced from $3,000 to $1,200. 8111 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 653-9763; emmersontroop.com.

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MADE IN CALIFORNIA

Please be seated

Modernist design meets Greek mythology in the Artemis chair by Zele Mané, who operates a studio and manufacturing facility in Carpinteria that is open to the public. Honoring the goddess of the hunt, the hand-sculpted stainless steel frame and vegetable-tanned leather backrest are engineered like an archery bow; adjustable tension rods flex to offer variable lumbar support. The piece is the latest addition to Mane's collection of made-to-order architectural products and home furnishings; www.zelecompany.com. Artemis is $1,950 at Twentieth, 8057 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 904-1200; www.twentieth.net.--

FINDS

Sweet storage

The pineapple has long been a motif in architectural detailing and decorative accessories. This all-weather synthetic wicker storage basket, an exclusive at Frontgate, will find a warm welcome as a poolside repository for dry or wet towels. The ventilated weave inhibits mold and mildew. At the end of swimming season, the nearly 4-foot-high piece can be brought indoors as a bathroom hamper or kids' room storage. It's $195, reduced from $295. (888) 263-9850; www.frontgate.com.

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