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New and old at Los Angeles Antiques Show

October 12, 2012
  • The mix inside Barker Hanger in Santa Monica for the Los Angeles Antiques Art & Design Show, clockwise from top left: The installation for Downtown, which is showing Pedro Friedeberg hand chairs as well as its reissue of a 1971 Diego Matthai ladder-back chair in chromed steel; vintage swimsuits on the wall of the stall of American Garage; and overscaled midcentury "masks" from Inner Gardens.
The mix inside Barker Hanger in Santa Monica for the Los Angeles Antiques… (Clockwise from top left:…)

For the first time, 21st century art and design will appear along with furniture and decorative arts from eras past at the annual event long known as the Los Angeles Antiques Show. Co-chairman Robert Willson said the change is an effort to keep up with the times and reflect the way in which more consumers mix antiques with contemporary design at home.

About 60 exhibitors have turned Barker Hangar in Santa Monica into a giant pop-up gallery this weekend, with the range of work including vintage Georg Jensen silver, fine jewelry, antique books and what Willson called “amazing” contemporary tapestries by Atlanta artist John Eric Riis.

Willson’s L.A. showroom, Downtown, is showing two 1960s silver-leafed chairs shaped like gargantuan hands by Mexican designer Pedro Friedeberg and 4-foot Murano glass chandeliers from Italy, among other pieces. Downtown also has taken a 1971 chair by Mexican architect Diego Matthai and given it a 2012 Hollywood twist: The wood frame that once cradled the rustic rush seat is now produced in gleaming, glamorous chromed steel.

Hours of the show are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $20 and includes catalog and reentry. Parking is $10. losangelesantiqueshow.com

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