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Design in the bag

June 12, 2008|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

SACK CLOTH, once a sign of humility, has been reclaimed as an eco-friendly decorative fabric that seems designed for these lean, green times. Referencing the look of muslin-covered antiques, Dan Marty's Napoleon 3 chair, based on a French seat circa 1865-1885, is upholstered in vintage Eastern European gunny sacks used for carrying laundry and vegetables. The chair in walnut, above, is $2,850, (or $1,775 if customers provide their own fabric ). Coordinating pillows are $350 to $700. Dan Marty Design stores, 7421 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 935-5514; 1318 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 576-6008. www.danmartydesign.com. Modeled on early 20th century American bags, the newly constructed Flour Sack pillows, right, $145 each, are covered with printed hemp canvas with a feather and down fill and available from (800) 422-2770, www.sundancecatalog.com.

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GARDEN

A talent show with some spine

"Everyone knows succulents are great for container gardens," says Jeff Karsner, president of the Los Angeles Cactus & Succulent Society. "We figure it's time for the public to advance its plant palette beyond the usual offerings." This weekend, the organization's Educational Show and Sale will let water-conscious gardeners vote on the best displays and shop for California natives, variegated agaves and aloes and exotic species, including the Orthophytum gurkenii, shown here, a more drought-tolerant bromeliad prized for its dark coloration and attractive banding. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a rare plant auction at sunset on Saturday. Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. (818) 367-0864, www.lacss.com.

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HAPPENING

Luck be a Loewy

Raymond Loewy, the oft-proclaimed father of American industrial design responsible for the Lucky Strike logo, also hit bull's-eye with this post-World War II pattern, Mosaic, for the German porcelain firm Rosenthal. On Saturday, the New Jersey-based Rago Arts and Auction Center offers a 127-piece service of the strikingly contemporary dinnerware as Lot 119 at its summer Discovery Sale, an everything-must-go auction with no set minimum bids. The Loewy plates are among 800 lots that include Arts and Crafts lighting, Roseville and Weller pottery, and 20th century furniture by Milo Baughman, Paul McCobb and Finn Juhl. For bidding information and to view an online catalog: (609) 397-9374, www.ragoarts.com.

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SALE

Modernist markdown

Silho Furniture, known for its organic modernist style and solid wood construction, is closing its retail location June 20 to focus on online sales of its home furnishing designs. Until then, the store will offer floor models and other merchandise with reductions of up to 50%. Highlights include hand-crafted salvaged wood stools by Samuel Moyer, reduced 25%, and Silho's line of upholstered seating, including this 7 1/2 foot Winslow sofa, now $1,707.50 -- half of its original price. Custom orders from the Silho collection placed during the sale (and online through July) will be discounted 10%. 142 N. La Brea Ave. (323) 935-9955; www.silhofurniture.com.

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