Los Angeles: Custom Furnishings

A true treasure trove

"The furnishings are all bench-made, and custom sizes and finishes are available for most items," says Thomas Lavin of the wares in his eponymous, spacious West Hollywood showroom. Take the upholstery leather he had dyed to match 200 yards of mohair for a producer's screening room. The designs are distinctive but remarkably harmonious, what Lavin calls "pared-down but sumptuous, with an emphasis on transitional style." Lavin proves the point by blending new furniture with select antiques, rugs, handcrafted objets from Asia and Africa, and contemporary art.

Conjuring the opulence of French Art Deco are Gary Hutton's Macassar ebony library chair, Eric Brand's crocodile-and-chrome end table, and John Protomaster's console with back-painted glass panels. Pieces by master furniture-maker Wendell Castle have a sculptural presence with a hint of whimsy. Here is a true treasure trove. 8935 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90048; 310-278-2456.