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Production designer and Laurel Canyon resident Coryander Friend has her finger on the pulse of how Californians live now--in casual, comfortable homes filled with bits of sophisticated furniture, art and collectibles. In fact, she?s so au courant that director Mike Mills had her decorate the L.A. homes in his indie hit Beginners.

Luckily for all her admirers, she has now opened a new shop full of one-of-a-kind objets that she?s accumulated from over a decade of collecting for film and commercial work.

Located downtown amid the trendy Arts District shops and restaurants, Storefront LA?s ever-changing inventory is appealingly eccentric. A life-size suit of armor ($750), a vintage U.S. flag ($250) and a set of Thonet bentwood armchairs ($700) happily share space, and many items display patinas of age, such as a rusted Russel Wright folding chair ($300) and a worn orange tool chest ($650).

Along with her eclectic mix of pre-owned treasures, Friend regularly mounts art shows, such as the reasonably priced Will Adler surf photography (from $400) on display now. Though for our home, we?re eyeing a wooden propeller ($750) that reminds us of a great film moment--a similar one was purchased by the mod photographer protagonist of 1966's neo-noir Blow-Up.

Storefront LA, 801 1/2 Traction Ave.; 213-293-7352 or

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