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May 6, 2011

The 2011 Modernism Show, held in the cavernous Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, brought both rarities and new interpretations within the category. From works by Gio Ponti and the Lalannes to new pieces by emerging artists created over the last 10 years, the stock again exemplified the dealers’ ability to constantly renew the parameters of modernism.

After first attempting to display this 1950 Gio Ponti silver service for eight on his booth’s dining table and finding that it didn’t truly showcase the unique forms, <a href="http://samkaufmangallery.1stdibs.com/search.php">Sam Kaufman</a> decided to nai

After first attempting to display this 1950 Gio Ponti silver service for eight on his booth’s dining table and finding that it didn’t truly showcase the unique forms, Sam Kaufman decided to nail it to the wall to attract more attention. “It’s pure Ponti,” he says.

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<a href="http://www.downtown20.net/">Downtown</a> displayed a cache of circa 1956 chairs by Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier’s less-famous cousin, made for the planned city of Chandigarh, to which both architects contributed greatly. These handmade chairs w

Downtown displayed a cache of circa 1956 chairs by Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier’s less-famous cousin, made for the planned city of Chandigarh, to which both architects contributed greatly. These handmade chairs were found in a trash pile in India, nearly destroyed.

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Front and center at <a href="http://www.dragonetteltd.com/search.php">Dragonette</a> was one of an edition of eight Hosta chairs by Claude Lalanne, named for the plant and cast in 2000. A copper wash over the bronze already shows a good patina.

Front and center at Dragonette was one of an edition of eight Hosta chairs by Claude Lalanne, named for the plant and cast in 2000. A copper wash over the bronze already shows a good patina.

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Show newcomer <a href="http://www.maisonry.com/">Ma(i)sonry</a>, out of Napa Valley, brought a contemporary Stingray rocker by Thomas Pedersen. (They also brought the wine.)

Show newcomer Ma(i)sonry, out of Napa Valley, brought a contemporary Stingray rocker by Thomas Pedersen. (They also brought the wine.)

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At Grain’s booth, rugs by Karen Kimmel made between 1999 and 2001 in collaboration with Oakland’s <a href="http://creativegrowth.org/">Creative Growth Artists</a> hang behind a 1962 tea trolley by Bill Saunders.

At Grain’s booth, rugs by Karen Kimmel made between 1999 and 2001 in collaboration with Oakland’s Creative Growth Artists hang behind a 1962 tea trolley by Bill Saunders.

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<a href="http://adessoimports.com/2006/index.php">Adesso</a> filled a corner with a 1950s jacaranda desk by Joaquim Tenreiro, a 1950s Louis Kalff table lamp and a Kalmar chandelier.

Adesso filled a corner with a 1950s jacaranda desk by Joaquim Tenreiro, a 1950s Louis Kalff table lamp and a Kalmar chandelier.

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At <a href="http://www.nohomodern.com/">NOHO Modern</a>, new work by Brussels-born, Los Angeles–based Jean Claude Wouters, who photographs, then paints on, then again photographs images of Buddhas from Japan’s Nara period.

At NOHO Modern, new work by Brussels-born, Los Angeles–based Jean Claude Wouters, who photographs, then paints on, then again photographs images of Buddhas from Japan’s Nara period.

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The focal point at Dallas-based Sally Rosen <a href="http://www.20thcenturycollections.com/">20th Century Collections</a> was a leather-topped Alessandro Mendini/Zanotta “Macaone” table from 1985, 1969 Tobia Scarpa cowhide chairs, ceramics by Francois-Xav

The focal point at Dallas-based Sally Rosen 20th Century Collections was a leather-topped Alessandro Mendini/Zanotta “Macaone” table from 1985, 1969 Tobia Scarpa cowhide chairs, ceramics by Francois-Xavier Lalanne (left; circa 1980s) and Clyde Burt (circa 1950s), backed by a circa 1965 orange mirror.

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<a href="www.sputnikmodern.com/">Sputnik Modern</a>, also out of Dallas, showed a pair of signed, numbered and very heavyweight 1970s Scaccomatto chess sets/puzzles by Italian architect Franco Rocco; both are brass, one is chrome-plated.

Sputnik Modern, also out of Dallas, showed a pair of signed, numbered and very heavyweight 1970s Scaccomatto chess sets/puzzles by Italian architect Franco Rocco; both are brass, one is chrome-plated.

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<a href="http://lamodern.com/">Los Angeles Modern Auctions</a> (LAMA) displayed a 1997 Steven Litchfield chair created as an homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) displayed a 1997 Steven Litchfield chair created as an homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase.

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From Albuquerque-based <a href="http://www.palettecontemporary.com/">Palette Contemporary Art and Craft</a>, a 1952 Crosley white dashboard radio.

From Albuquerque-based Palette Contemporary Art and Craft, a 1952 Crosley white dashboard radio.

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<a href="http://www.reform-modern.com/">Reform Gallery</a> dedicated its entire booth to industrial designer Paul McCobb’s mid-century Planner Group furniture.

Reform Gallery dedicated its entire booth to industrial designer Paul McCobb’s mid-century Planner Group furniture.

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A 1958 BMW motorcycle with a Steib sidecar, from the Steve McQueen motorcycle auction, at <a href="http://www.offthewallantiques.com/">Off the Wall Antiques</a>.

A 1958 BMW motorcycle with a Steib sidecar, from the Steve McQueen motorcycle auction, at Off the Wall Antiques.

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Jewelry designer Curtis Jeré made this copper wall sculpture in the 1970s, from <a href="http://www.rubylane.com/shop/route66west">Route 66 West</a> in Palm Springs.

Jewelry designer Curtis Jeré made this copper wall sculpture in the 1970s, from Route 66 West in Palm Springs.

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At <a href="http://www.fatchancemodern.com/search.php">Fat Chance</a>, a six-foot-tall sculpture created by Tony Duquette in the 1990s from one of his 1970s brooch designs.<br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our </strong></em><

At Fat Chance, a six-foot-tall sculpture created by Tony Duquette in the 1990s from one of his 1970s brooch designs. 

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After first attempting to display this 1950 Gio Ponti silver service for eight on his booth’s dining table and finding that it didn’t truly showcase the unique forms, <a href="http://samkaufmangallery.1stdibs.com/search.php">Sam Kaufman</a> decided to nai

After first attempting to display this 1950 Gio Ponti silver service for eight on his booth’s dining table and finding that it didn’t truly showcase the unique forms, Sam Kaufman decided to nail it to the wall to attract more attention. “It’s pure Ponti,” he says.

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