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The Highland Park storefront is fronted by designer Jay Dunton's oak-and-steel York shelving ($1,390), full of blasted-glass and hand-slumped pottery.
Meridian Mercado Diseño is full of elegant tabletop vignettes, such as this vintage painting and midcentury wood bowl.
Designer Dunton creates sculpture from odds and ends tossed aside at his welding shop. On April 14, he'll host a show of his "Weeds" series at the shop.
A recent Los Angeles Times story about the death of the man cave--those shag-carpeted guys' rec rooms from the 1970s--got us thinking. How would today's metrosexual--and we women who love him--decorate a space that would make us both happy?
We found sleek answers in a sunny new Highland Park shop opened by furniture designer/cool guy Jay Dunton. His store, Meridian Mercado Diseño, is full of his handsome steel-and-wood pieces, as well as well-priced, small-production glassware and midcentury antiques. His aesthetic balances the masculine and the pretty; it's always tasteful, as befits Dunton's backstory as proprietor of Beverly Boulevard's sophisticated, now-shuttered Shelter.
This mercado has touches of kitsch (including a few paint-by-numbers scenes), but it's dominated by beautiful pieces with serious design appeal, like vintage Paul Frankl slipper chairs ($875), blackened-steel side tables ($325) and a walnut-and-steel tripod table ($1,750) that would have made Jean Prouvé proud.
Dunton's eye is one to follow: He's had so many inquiries about the prismatic steel-and-Plexiglas back wall he fabricated that he's making room dividers based on it. Like so many of his designs, they'd be the pride of anyone's cave.
Meridian Mercado Diseño, 5007 1/2 York Blvd.; 310-994-6629 or meridianstorela.com
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