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It's in the details

As a sculptor and industrial designer working with found objects and castoffs, Aaron Kramer has a simple credo: "Trash is the failure of imagination." The artist, subject of "Salvaged: Aaron Kramer and the Secret Life of Objects" at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles through Sept. 12, also applied that philosophy to the renovation and decoration of his Santa Monica home. Plunked between a 1930s movie-star mansion designed by Richard Neutra and a residence by the contemporary architect Melinda Gray, Kramer's 1936 house was, he says, "a mish-mash, a blend of Cape Cod cottage with a little Santa Fe flair and New York loft details." In the 1990s,...

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