Bending all the rules

Nino Cerruti, the Italian fashion designer, dropped into Santa Monica two weeks ago to introduce his latest venture: Baleri Italia. Cerruti acquired the Italian contemporary furniture firm three years ago and hired New Yorker Jeff Miller to create a collection for U.S. consumers. The 38-year-old industrial designer responded with innovative, space-efficient pieces. Among them: the Bigbend table; the Littlebig chair, shown here, which is both a seat and a cat valet; and Obo, Miller's modular plastic storage units that can be used individually as side tables or configured into room-dividing bookcases. The collection is available at Linea in Santa Monica, (310) 451-1600, .
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