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It's got an experimental ice cream shop (Scoops) and an underground art gallery (Synchronicity), and now East Hollywood can add vintage interiors store Early California Antiques to its increasingly hip retail roster.
The emporium is helmed by Eric Berg, who left a career in celebrity styling and costume design to immerse himself in pre-1942 California furniture and art. While his shop is full of incredibly rare showpieces—a Monterey game table once owned by Fred Astaire, a tiled sideboard from the Newhall Estate, an extensive array of rare Catalina pottery, and even hand-forged wrought iron entry chairs from 19th century Mexico City—there's plenty to appease entry-level collectors as well. Tile trivets and crayon-box Bauer tableware are priced at under $100, while we spotted a few small landscape paintings that were less than $200.
The only local dealer to specialize in every aspect of the California movement, Berg has become the go-to guy for all of Ralph Lauren's in-store pottery, provided props for the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, and helped furnish the manses of Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer, Diane Keaton and Ben Stiller. So how does he suggest his clients work these pieces into their decor? "Mix them up with what you've already got, no matter what the language," he says. "It's that eclectic spirit and warmth they bring that makes them seem modern."
· Early California Antiques [Official Site]