Brock Galerie owners Cameron Smith, above left, and Tom Kurthy are not graduates of the refinishing school of modern furniture. "We like to find things in a weathered state and not mess with it," Smith says. "Leaving something in its original condition is the best tribute to its beauty." In the new showroom where major 20th century European designs mix with brawny industrial pieces, the leather webbing on rare chairs by Alvar Aalto and Bruno Mathsson is mottled with age. Red leather Seagull chairs by Arne Jacobsen are handsomely burnished. Other offerings include a 1964 Vico Magistretti lamp and Arne Jacobsen chair, above, and a table lamp made from a reclaimed globe street light, and steel factory furniture, left. 603 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 272-3820; www.brockgalerie.com.
L.A. designer Barclay Butera has refashioned drawings by Julia Morgan, the architect of Hearst Castle, for a line of luxury pillows. The four patterns in the Casa del Monte series are based on pencil sketches that Morgan prepared for gilded plaster relief panels for the bedroom ceilings of Casa del Mar, one of the guesthouses at William Randolph Hearst's estate at San Simeon. The sea horse shown here is 22 inches square and printed on Belgian linen with a blue silk backing. It is $435 at Barclay Butera Home, 169 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 634-0200; www.barclaybutera.com.