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October 18, 2008|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

THE LOS ANGELES design firm Artecnica, known for its innovative lighting and accessories, celebrated the opening of its mini-showroom last week with an appearance by Tord Boontje. The Dutch designer, known for his nature-inspired motifs, premiered additions to his Transglass line for Artecnica: hand-cut sculptural mirrors with geometric patterns called the Dog Head ($2,200) and Star Mosaic ($3,400). Boontje also worked with Guatemalan wood carvers to produce the Witches' Kitchen Utensils, which include a pair of Extra Hands for tossing salads ($330). A set of six culinary accouterments ($770) consists of the Point fork, a tasting and serving spoon, a fork and tasting spoon combination with the Dr. Seussian name Spurk, a fork and ladling spoon called a Floon, a dagger and a spoon-spatula (not shown). The mirrors are available through www.idchicago.com, and the utensils are sold through www.mossonline.com. The Artecnica showroom, which fronts the firm's design office, is open to the public by appointment. 508 S. San Vicente Blvd.; (323) 655-6551; www.artecnicainc.com.

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