His recently opened West Hollywood gallery, Duke & Duke, is as unique and glittering as Smith's commissions. It's filled with not painting or sculpture but contemporary furniture made by the world's most renowned designers. In August, the gallery's inaugural show spotlighted the neo-Baroque work of Swiss-born Mattia Bonetti.
The latest exhibit showcases Christophe Côme, the French furniture maker whose distinctive poured-glass lenses dot sideboards and cabinets, and whose chunky table lamps of metal-and-glass globules (called "wave loukoums") look like elegantly flaming matches. Deco-inflected iron-and-glass room dividers were commissioned for the Chanel store in Singapore.
Of course, work like this comes at a price: The loukoums start at $14,000, while a sideboard might be $50,000. So while Côme's work may be quite expensive, a trip to see it all together at Duke & Duke is inspirational, like a fashion show of couture clothing. And in the same way, true lovers of world-class craftsmanship won't want to miss a chance to see it up close.
Duke & Duke, 8527 Melrose Ave. (entrance on West Knoll Dr.), West Hollywood; 310-657-0611 or dukeanddukegallery.com