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Hutton Wilkinson fabric line pays homage to Tony Duquette

February 28, 2009|David A. Keeps

FINDS

Textile homage

To launch a collection of his luxury textiles by manufacturer Jim Thompson, designer Hutton Wilkinson opened the doors last week to Dawnridge -- his Beverly Hills residence that he purchased and preserved as a living museum to the extravagant vision of legendary Hollywood decorator Tony Duquette (1914-99). Wilkinson's fabric line, shown here at Dawnridge, includes archival Duquette prints that emulate two of the designer's favorite materials, malachite and coral, as well as new patterns by Wilkinson, including the silk iridescent Fireworks, $214 a yard, and the vividly patterned Tibetan Sun, $182 a yard. "The sun is a recurring motif in Tony's visual vocabulary," says Wilkinson, who is working on a sequel to the bestselling 2007 book, "Tony Duquette," published by Abrams. The fabric can be purchased through the Kneedler-Fauchere showroom at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (310) 855-0402. A collection of 19 Duquette furniture and lighting designs can now be found at Baker, 360 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 289-0074.

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SAVE

Orla Kiely in the kitchen

Though she started her career in the late 1990s as a fashion accessories designer, London-based Orla Kiely has branched out into housewares. Her signature '50s-inflected food and flower prints have been translated into an affordable range of cute kitchen items exclusive to Target. In addition to storage totes, from $7.99, and button-tufted chair pads, $13.99, the line includes table linens and cork place mats. Mix-and-match melamine dishes, $3.49 to $3.99, and acrylic tumblers, $2.49 to $3.49, are destined for double duty as picnic place settings, but the steals of the collection are the stoneware canisters with wooden lids shown here, in three sizes, from $14.99 to $17.99. Available at Target stores and www.target.com.

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KIDS

The sophisticated baby

Manhattan interior designer David Netto, who created the mid-priced, midcentury- style kids furniture line Cubkids ( www.cubkids.com), has become the first nursery furniture designer to be featured at the Barneys New York flagship. For the trendy retailer he has created the upscale , which takes its name from the vivid nautical color of the two pieces: a crib, with a slide-out storage shelf underneath, and a four-drawer dresser with a changing top. For modernist parents who want a change from the usual white and pastel baby furnishings, sophistication does not come cheaply -- with bleached-oak details, labor-intensive blue lacquer finish and limited-edition production, each piece is $2,750. They can be ordered through Barneys New York, 9750 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 276-4400, or by calling (866) 996-3886. To view Netto's complete range of nursery designs -- and save 40% on selected items -- visit www.nettocollection.com.

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MADE IN CALIFORNIA

Neo-Victorian styling takes a seat

John Derian's fusion of eglomise (reverse painted glass) and decoupage (paper cutout decoration of objects) has helped popularize neo-Victorian style in home accessories. Now the New York-based designer has teamed with Los Angeles' Cisco Bros. to produce a seven-piece line of upholstered seating. Referencing 18th and 19th century English styles, the John Derian Furniture Collection by Cisco Bros. is traditional with a minimalist spin. Sitting on simple turned maple legs with brass caster feet, the pieces are devoid of piping, nailhead trim and trendy fabrics. In fact, the 6-foot Field Bench, $3,055, shown here, is the only piece in the collection that is tufted, and the standard upholstery options are limited to four neutral shades of linen from the 150-year-old Belgian mill Libeco Lagae. Available at Cisco Home, 440 N. La Brea Ave., (323) 932-1155; 474 Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, (626) 584-1273; and Tent by Cisco Home, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, (310) 476-7126.

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