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Drive-by Design: Bughouse's Neoclassical-with-a-twist display features Ikea-tweaked furniture

June 18, 2009 |  2:06 pm

Known for their witty, rock 'n' roll embellishments of simple Ikea furniture (as demonstrated in this L.A. Times video), Jeff Klarin and Rebecca Johnson of Bughouse Art + Design have created a circle-the-block-to-see-it-again shop window for  Handmade Galleries in Sherman Oaks. As shown here, "Decadence" is an eye-catching collage of Neoclassical and Pop Art styles. It mixes large scale portrait engravings of aristocrats as backdrops for manipulated furniture including a chair turned into a throne (complete with crown), a tabletop imprinted with fine china and splattered food and a table lamp studded with dog collar-style spikes. See the transformations after the jump.

Handmade Galleries, 14556 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 382 3444

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Bughouse Art + Design


A simple Ikea Ivar chair, which sells for $19.99, becomes a Bughouse Throne with the addition of paint, a quilted upholstered seat and screen-printed plywood decorations including leather boots, a shield-shaped military crest and crown. $250 at Handmade Galleries in Sherman Oaks.

Spiked Lamp

Ikea's $49.99 metal Kulla table lamp gets punched up with punk spikes. The Eagle Rock-based Bughouse will produce a limited edition of the lamp for $475.