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Though it is called Westweek, the Pacific Design Center’s annual presentation of decorator lectures, art exhibits, cocktail parties and product launches is packed into two days: March 26 and 27. Times staff writer David A. Keeps was on hand as showrooms premiered their new furnishings. Among them was the work of David Weeks, known primarily for his lighting, who kicks up his feet on his first upholstered furniture line, Sculpt, at the Ralph Pucci showroom in the Pacific Design Center. The light fixtures on the wall are Weeks’ designs too. (David A. Keeps)
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The Italian design firm Driade is introducing its Cosmo collection, which includes the Anyo chair and stool covered in synthetic fleece, wool area rugs called Land (foreground) and Sea (background), and the I Ching set of wool animals. They’re available at Thema at the Pacific Design Center. (David A. Keeps)
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The furniture of the late designer Michael Taylor is known for its substantial proportions. Now Michael Taylor Designs is taking a turn toward the delicate with a collection of outdoor bamboo furniture made from aluminum. It’s available in natural finishes and this vibrant Chinese red. (Michael Taylor)
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Cerused oak, which goes through a process that accentuates the open-pored grain of the wood with a white filler that contrasts with natural or stained surfaces, was popular in midcentury French furniture. Now it’s staging a comeback. The tufted Mulholland chair by Randolph & Hein has side panels that create a basket-weave effect within a frame. (Randolph and Hein)
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The recent film “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” showcased a type of Deco-infused Hollywood glamour that’s visible in many Pacific Design Center showrooms. Geoffrey Bradfield’s Lady Day chaise at Stark typifies the trend with rolled arms, a tapering back and decorative nailhead and button-tufted trim. (Stark)
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Textile designer Eric Cohler manages a neat feat with the Greek Key settee for the fabric firm Lee Jofa. This elegant bench combines classical wooden fretwork and upholstery with a distinctly Asian flair. (Lee Jofa)
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Los Angeles designer Michael Berman says his Plaza side chair and armchair, which sport double-wishbone fretwork, are influenced by midcentury designers such as Jean Royere and Gio Ponti. “It’s neo-Franco-Italo,” says Berman, who is premiering dining room suites at the Kneedler-Fauchère showroom during Westweek. (David A. Keeps)
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Cristiano do Valle’s hammock is made from sustainable ipe wood and can be used indoors and out. It’s sold through Espasso, a showroom specializing in Brazilian design. (Espasso)
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In his first foray into outdoor furniture, designer Philippe Starck scores a bulls-eye with the teak and polished aluminum RobinWood collection for Sutherland. The Loxley Bed has a medieval fair canopy and flag finial. The pared-down neoclassical base has weather-resistant cushions. (Sutherland)
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Designer Dakota Jackson unveiled Arabesque, a pair of cocktail tables that float on top of trios of twisted, faceted legs, at his showroom. The duo resemble a giant cobalt blue comma and apostrophe. (Dakota Jackson)
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Philip Nimmo’s Forma table at the Thomas Laving showroom transforms the column table into a sculptural piece with echoes of Alexander Calder. The black base has a gold-leafed interior, visible through a glass window set into the center of the walnut top. (Philip Nimmo Ironworks)
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