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Join the big-tent party

June 05, 2008|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

AT JUST over $50 per square foot, the Nomad Yurt is a fireproof, weather-resistant update of the traditional Mongolian tent, says its creator, Stephanie Smith, founder of Ecoshack in Los Angeles. Crafted from bamboo with a plywood floor, shown at right, the design has a sleeker interior look than the latticework frame found in traditional yurt kits and takes two people less than two hours to assemble. Smith will display the Nomad Yurt at Dwell Outdoor, an exhibition of prefab homes and a solar-powered carport this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Gregg Fleishman's CUBE structure, left, also will be on display. The outdoor living pavilion is part of , the magazine-sponsored event that makes its L.A. premiere beginning today with a series of conferences and panels on architecture and urban gardening. The event continues through Sunday with home tours and exhibitions by more than 200 contemporary and sustainable design firms. Ticket information and hours: Visit www.dwellondesign.com.

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Go ahead, step lively

Made from synthetic fibers, most outdoor rugs have a plastic feel -- nothing you'd want to walk on barefoot. The Brookville Rug, from the Grandin Road catalog, is a stylish exception that coordinates with Mediterranean and Modernist landscapes. Resistant to stains, fading and weather, it is made from DuraCord yarn that is hand-hooked to create a tufted pile with the softness of cotton. Prices range from $59 for a 2-by-3-foot mat to $599 for an 8-by-10-foot area rug in blue, orange and khaki color schemes. www.grandinroad.com; (866) 668-5962.

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FINDS

A fresh take on Americana

ThomasvilleGrandin Road, the manufacturer and retailer of traditional American furniture, has introduced a new signature collection from designer Darryl Carter. As detailed in his forthcoming coffee table book "The New Traditional," Carter reinvigorates the classics with a cost-conscious eye, often mixing creamy upholstered pieces and fine wood antiques. Shown here are the new collection's Middleton wing chair, from $1,100, inspired by the spartan shapes of Thomas Jefferson's furniture at Monticello, and the Candelabra table lamp, $399, which has a Napoleonic flair. The Italian-inspired claw-foot Bel Air Bench, $549, is made of white oak with a weathered driftwood finish; it's scaled to slide under a console when not in use. The pieces will arrive in stores this summer. To find a showroom: thomasville.com.

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SALE

Savings on time

Known for its reissues of George Nelson's 1947 Bubble lamp and versions of other midcentury design classics, Modernica is offering 25% to 75% savings at a warehouse sale this Saturday. In addition to more than 1,000 pieces of lighting, seating and storage units, there will be one-of-a kind vintage items from Modernica's prop house, including this walnut-and-brass 1960s George Nelson grandfather clock, which has been reduced to $1,900 from $3,800. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Biscuit Loft Building, 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles. www.modernica.net

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