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THE SCOUT: OPENINGS

Deals on Bauer Pottery factory seconds

March 07, 2009|Lisa Boone; David A. Keeps

OPENINGS

Seconds sale

Every year, collectors of Bauer Pottery eagerly await the Atwater Village studio's December sale of factory seconds. Beginning today, fans won't have to wait until the holidays, as the newly remodeled showroom will open to the public the first weekend of every month. A variety of seconds -- dinnerware, candlesticks, pitchers and other brightly colored trademark designs with minor defects or uneven glazing -- will be marked down as much as 60%. Purists interested only in first-quality pieces can place orders too. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at 3051 Rosslyn St., Los Angeles; (888) 213-0800; www.bauerpottery.com.

-- Lisa Boone

INNOVATIONS

A supportive pedigree

The Aeron chair has long ruled as an office status symbol, a throne for key-stroking drones and corporate captains. This week its manufacturer, Herman Miller, launches Embody, created by Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf, the latter of whom co-created the Aeron. Tapered at the shoulders to allow greater ease of movement, Embody is built without a shell, providing ergonomic support through an exposed skeleton with dozens of flexors that adjust to the user's movement. The chair is available in many fabrics and colors, including mango, shown here. Prices start at $1,295. Jules Seltzer Associates, 8833 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood.; (310) 274-7243; www.julesseltzer.com. To see more home office seating, look for the bonus photo gallery posted at latimes.com/thescout.

-- David A. Keeps

THE FIX

Coverups shine light on old shades

Dented or dingy lampshades don't have to be tossed, says Shelly Dick, co-creator of a line of lighting slipcovers called Frockz. Instead of Grandma's old dust protectors -- the ones that are like clear plastic shower caps -- these slinky spandex prints look like something Molly Shannon might wear as a tube skirt on "Kath & Kim." Form-fitting Frockz designs can camouflage flaws in more than two dozen patterns, including Mod, Asian and jungle. All are machine washable, and prices range from $26 for a 9-inch-tall cone shape to $34 for a 17-inch-diameter drum shade. www.frockz.com.

-- David A. Keeps

SALE

Vintage savings

Emmerson Troop, the Beverly Boulevard store for 20th century European furnishings and Italian modern lighting, will be offering 30% discounts on vintage merchandise through March 21. Highlights include a set of six tall, bentwood Thonet dining chairs with cane seats and back panels, reduced from $4,200 to $2,940. The gold-plated, Depression-era elephant coin bank shown here by the American manufacturer Napier, formerly $185, is now $129.50. 8111 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 653-9763; www.emmersontroop.com.

-- David A. Keeps

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