The past has a presence

Times Staff Writer

KNOWN for vintage furnishings and midcentury-inspired original designs at their Beverly Boulevard studio, Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning have created a new collection for their recently opened showroom in Silver Lake. "We used upholstery details, hardware and finishes from the Early American period on clean-lined shapes to create a mixture of modern and traditional," says Lawson, above left with Fenning. Key pieces include the onyx-and-chrome Pace coffee table ($2,250) and the solid brass Keyhole wall mirror ($1,450). Lawson says the "Gothic Modern salon-feel" of the second showroom is dark but not depressing, "a response to the casual sophistication of the neighborhood and a testing ground for where we are heading aesthetically." Lawson-Fenning, 1618 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A.; (323) 660-1500;



Going, going, almost gone

Since the 1980s, Harry Segil's original designs and renovations of vintage furniture -- much of it with a "Pee-wee's Playhouse" look -- have set the standard for retro cool. Now the retailer is leaving L.A. to live in Panama, and his 4,000-square-foot warehouse is opening to the public for the last time. Segil will offer his signature dog-bone sofas and the Queen Mary chair (shown here, reduced from $2,900 to $1,200), as well as midcentury furniture by George Nelson and Verner Panton, Edward Fields rugs, glass, pottery and vintage textiles from $2 a yard. "Everything really must go," he says, promising tables with items from $10 to $100. The sale runs until Feb. 15 at 8834 National Blvd., Culver City; (310) 559-7863;



Out of the woods, into the house

As home fashions take a decidedly woodsy turn, designers are going out on a limb with color and inorganic materials. At Sueno, tables made from the roots of teak trees (from $485) are available in natural and ebonized finishes but look especially dynamic in spicy orange (as shown here, $650). The treehouse look also can be seen in this cast resin Branch lamp ($350), which also is available in opaque white for modernists and Hollywood Regency devotees. 2811 W. Sunset Blvd.; (213) 483-7300;



They've got your number

In 1954, when 12 million kits were sold, paint-by-numbers art was so popular that some were hung in the Eisenhower White House. Today these flea market treasures are ripe for reinvention. About 100 artists will show works Saturday for Charity by Numbers, an EBay auction benefiting the Alliance for Children's Rights. Among the participants: Mark Ryden, Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey and Shag, who turned a vintage paint-by-numbers landscape into a kitsch tiki fantasy, below. A reception will run from 10 p.m. to midnight at Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City; (310) 287-2340;



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