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Harvey's on Beverly is a sprawling bi-level series of design moments, including this dining-room tableau with a Lucite-frame table, bentwood seating and a Dali-esque painting.
Love the atmospheric furniture in movies like Titanic and Batman? Chances are you're ogling set pieces sourced from local prop dealer and furniture collector Harvey Schwartz.
His former Melrose Avenue prop house opened in 1969, when the now-busy commercial stretch didn't offer much more than orange trees. Now Schwartz's sharing his klieg-light-ready treasures with the rest of us from his new shop, Harvey's on Beverly.
Open just a couple of months, the place has been catnip to the retail trade, with decorators stopping by for Mad Men-style pieces such as Warren Platner wire chairs, 1950s-era coffee tables and Sputnik chandeliers. And while Schwartz still rents props, the Internet has made it easier for non-industry types to browse his treasures online, then email the store to ask for a price.
But do stop by the shop to see the master's artful tableaux and additional wares. An extra-added treat is the upstairs room devoted to rattan furniture and Hawaiiana, which is lots of fun to peruse. It should be, since Schwartz literally wrote the book on it--the definitive Rattan Furniture: Tropical Comfort Throughout the House. He's even loaned part of his collection to Santa Monica's California Heritage Museum for its current design show, "Aloha Spirit."
Harvey's on Beverly, 8155 Beverly Blvd.; 323-944-0900 or lamodernla.com
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