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Turntable tables from Bughouse and Diesel

bughouse and diesel table  Designers have been high on low-fidelity as iconography: cassette tapes, headphones, turntables and microphones. The Look for Less series on L.A. at Home compares original designer home furnishings with their less expensive lookalikes. Today we're spinning a different tune.

The designs above use similar photography-based depictions of a DJ play-station to create an eye-catching graphic for a coffee table. One is from the Los Angeles arts studio Bughouse and costs $850. The other is an import, part of the Successful Living from Diesel line, and sells for $1,195.

Keep reading to discover which is which ...

Bughouse_DJTable_walnut_On White The Bughouse DJ table, right, was designed in 2007 and is part of the design studio's collection of printed canvas artworks and home furnishings that celebrate vinyl records and stereo equipment.

The table is 43 inches long and 20 inches wide. Each is made to order within two weeks and constructed in Los Angeles, said Bughouse co-founder Jeff Klarin.

"The photographic image is output onto thermal sheets and transferred onto the wooden top using a heat press set to 400 degrees," he said.

The DJ table shown here is made from knotty pine with mahogany stained sides and square brushed aluminum legs with a DIY vibe.

It sells for $850. Casters and glass tops are an additional charge. Custom sizes are possible. For ordering information, contact Bughouse.

The studio has a gallery exhibition open evenings through Saturday at Peep Show, 1621 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 445 5643.

Xraydio 2 - Disc01 The Xraydio 2 Disk table, left, is a cool composition of glass and steel, part of the rock 'n' roll-inspired Successful Living From Diesel collection. The jeans brand Diesel launched the home furnishings line in 2009.

Manufactured by Moroso, the table takes its name from the negative image on the glass top, which bears a resemblance to an X-ray.

The table is slightly narrower than the Bughouse design and is a foot longer -- about 4.5 feet. But it is low slung, standing only 11.5 inches high on hairpin steel legs. It is $1,195 through GGM Italy and the Diesel store at 8401 Melrose Place in West Hollywood.

-- David A. Keeps

Photos: Jeff Klarin and Successful Living From Diesel

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