Thomas Lavin Showroom Expanding to Include 11 New High-end Home Furnishings Collections

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Thomas Lavin has added 11 new companies to his already abundant roster of exclusive home furnishings lines this quarter, including unconventional and unique furniture and textiles, metallic alligator skin wall coverings, sculptural benches made of reclaimed wood, and artist- and architect-created furniture.

Thomas Lavin has added 11 new companies to his already abundant roster of exclusive home furnishings lines this quarter, including unconventional and unique furniture and textiles, metallic alligator skin wall coverings, sculptural benches made of reclaimed wood, and artist- and architect-created furniture.

The showroom has been undergoing an extensive remodel to reconfigure and expand the fabric wings before the end of March, when the Pacific Design Center puts on Westweek.

The new lines at Thomas Lavin, presented in alphabetical order:

Chista uses reclaimed woods and other materials from nature to create highly unusual furniture and lighting. Co-founder Alon Langotsky explores the roots of primitivism and modernism in creating tables and seating from dramatic organic forms - a slice of an extremely irregular tree trunk becomes a table called Dubuffet, a fallen tree is hollowed out to become a bench, an 8-foot diameter teak root smoothed out on the inside is an objet d'art lounge chair.

Creation Baumann produces modern, innovative and technologically advanced fabrics, from sheers to hard-wearing upholstery fabrics, in Switzerland. Its design team likes to experiment, printing on multi-layered fabrics as the layers shift, laser-cutting fleece with uniform geometric patterns, printing vistas on consecutive sheer panels. In 2007 the family-owned company pioneered a self-adhesive semi-sheer fabric called Gecko.

Crezana is a boutique Southampton firm that creates and manufactures handmade wallcoverings, fabrics, sheers and leathers. Embroidered grass-cloth wall coverings and leather tiles created from actual hides, some that are embossed and hand painted, are the newest additions to the company's products.

Dennis Miller Associates is dedicated to providing trend-setting design as well as specific 20th-century design classics. Founded by architect Dennis Miller in 1984, the company promotes artist- and architect-created furniture, lighting and carpets designed by Clodagh, Patrick Naggar, Laura Kirar, David Rockwell, Morris Lapidus and other design luminaries.

Dualoy Leather is a 50-year-old family business offering the finest upholstery leathers and exotic skins from around the world. They carry Swiss-made Lacar Nappa leather that is washable with soap and water and comes in more than 40 shades, with custom-coloring options; nubucks (which are not waterproof), and the Dormia collection produced by an ecology-minded family-owned tannery in Europe.

Erika Brunson, a European-born Los Angeles-based designer, has traveled the globe designing interiors for a highly refined international clientele. Her collection of antique reproductions includes timeless classics that work equally well in traditional or contemporary interiors. Reproductions of Louis XV chairs from the Charles Wrightsman collection, a console that belonged to the late Michael Taylor, chairs associated with Billy Baldwin and Kalef Alaton, and a rock crystal lamp as seen in Coco Chanel's famous apartment are some highlights. Wood carvers from Dresden and guilders from Russia assist in the production of the pieces in Los Angeles.

Joan Weissman is noted for her modern rugs, though she also creates terrazzo, tapestries and fabrics. She often works directly with architects and designers to develop site-specific rugs. "I have always been most attracted to the applied arts, so when I started to paint, I wanted my original gouaches to lead to the creation of useful objects. Textiles, which I have long collected and studied, became the means to that end. My imagination is not isolated. Like any piece of art, my rugs are enriched by their surroundings, and in turn, they enliven the space for which they are created."

Kenneth Meyer Co. is known for its innovative trim collection. Although equipped with a large selection of in-house designs, the California company also offers high-quality European imports featuring unique patterns and color palette. Designers love Kenneth Meyer for its vast custom capability, which is enhanced by short lead times.

Lavinder is the brainchild of Thomas Lavin, who has always encouraged designers to create furnishings that they believe will enrich peoples' lives. Lavin quietly launches the brand with a small collection of lighting designed by Gary Hutton. The pair of sconces and two pendants, made of blackened steel and pate du verre glass, have a contemporary look.

Micana, a Los Angeles-based textile design company owned and operated by Shoshana Enosh, is responsible for creating some of the world's finest custom fabrics and throws for designers and private clientele. Fabrics are hand-dyed in custom baths, and patterns can be based on pre-existing designs or generated by skilled in-house artists to meet a variety of tastes.

William Haines Designs furniture originally was created in the 1950s and '60s for movie moguls such as George Cukor, Jack Warner and Mervyn Leroy who hired Haines to design their homes. The styling is Moderne, low in scale yet possessing a glamorous sense of style. The Elbow Chair, Brentwood Chair, Conference Chair and Pull Up Chair are among the glamorous classics that are authentically produced by the same California manufacturer for the last 50 years.

Thomas Lavin is a leader in bringing an international range of exclusive high-end home furnishings, fabrics, rugs, lighting, and accessories to Los Angeles. Lavin's collections include Michael Smith, Victoria Hagan Home, Gary Hutton, Antoine Proulx, Ted Boerner, Romo and Zimmer + Rohde.

For further information regarding the Thomas Lavin showroom please visit http://www.thomaslavin.com.

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