If you’re in the market for contemporary Italian design and NASA-quality innovation, head to Poliform’s modern showroom. From dressers with secret compartments to custom-made closets, this inventive company thinks of everything. Kitchens? We’re talking space-age modularity that can hide a refrigerator as easily as a spice rack. » 8818 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-271-7836.
Dreaming of redoing your home in the look of a classy country manor? Search no further. At Room with a View you’ll find elegantly displayed William Yeoward crystal, graceful Bernardaud china, rustic buffets, plush bath mats—everything but the birdsong and the mice. » 1600 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-998-5858.
The Dock Downtown is a solution for those with an executive’s taste but a working stiff’s budget. Carrying all manner of overstock from the likes of Shelter, Restoration Hardware, and Armani Casa, it’s been selling to the trade for years. In the spring it opened to the public, offering savings of 50 to 80 percent. » 1481 E. 4th St., L.A., 323-446-0281.
If you can’t find it at H.D. Buttercup, it probably doesn’t exist. The mother of all home emporiums carries Khyber Pass rugs, and all manner of lamps, beds, and pots for plants. Mosey through 100,000 square feet of vendors showcasing the imported, the ultramodern, and the antique. » 3225 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310-945-5440.
Just because a shopping venue lacks a roof doesn’t mean the floor isn’t worth a look. At the Rose Bowl Flea Market’s shindig the second Sunday of each month, Craftsman tables, Depression-era glassware, art deco mirrors, Eames chairs—you name it—can be had for a quoted price or your best offer. » 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, 323-560-7469.