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At Brock Galerie, original condition is in
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.
-- David A. Keeps