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We’re not good at keeping secrets, and in the case of Jason Koharik, who collects and fabricates objects in his Echo Park garage under the moniker COLLECTEDby, we can’t keep quiet.

Koharik designed a weirdly elegant, Mouille-esque line of lighting that’s been making appearances around LA recently. His furniture collection, however, came as a bit of a surprise. Koharik has long been accumulating vintage furniture (mostly chairs) from the likes of Eileen Gray, Tobia Scarpa and Bruno Mathsson. Over time, he amassed a singular collection. Rather than leaving the pieces in their original, mostly unusable condition, Koharik meticulously retooled each object, leaving the essential structure and design unaffected, but contributing his own sleek, hewn-by-hand signature to the upholstery and finish.

The resulting collection is a warm, textured exploration of the merging of leather and line, metal, wood and otherwise, all observed from a reverent by reimagined viewpoint. His collection, which also includes new luminaires, handmade furniture, and original artwork, debuted at a public sale in November, 2012. Red dots came quickly.

Hopefully, the warm reception will carry his works beyond the confines of a draft warehouse on Glendale Blvd and into the foreground of contemporary design.

Visit collectedby.com to see Jason Koharik's latest work.