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and free-form custom rug. Whites and creams might seem like a foolhardy choice for a commercial space but the sofa is covered in indoor-outdoor fabric, and the rug is woven in India from angora goat mohair, a sturdy fiber with natural lanolin that repels dirt. There are also richly patinated antiques in beautiful materials, including a 400-year-old French stone planter, a pair of Italian 1950s onyx sconces, and a 19th-century French walnut workbench. A small trove of rarities elevates the studio even more. One of the designer's favorites is a rare 1961 metal stool by Pierre Jeanneret from the College of Architecture in Chandigarh, India. There's also a hard-to-find 1950s enameled Serge Mouille lighting pendant from France. Original Mouille lights don't often come up for auction, and when they do, they're often prohibitively expensive, Fontenot says. They not only won it, but at a good price, too. The pendant now illuminates an antique drafting table where Beavers sketches out his tattoo designs on a tablet. On the wall behind, he used charcoal to draw a large-scale botanical specimen reminiscent of one of his tattoos; it took him less than 10 minutes, a liberating contrast to the painstaking needlework of tattooing. Beavers is mulling the idea of adding other kinds of art to his repertoire, maybe teaching himself ceramics, which he'll offer for sale at the studio. "Tattooing is a special form of art," he says. "Clients travel to see me, and if we do a full sleeve or a large part of their body, I end up spending 20 or 30 hours working on them. Then the artwork flies home, and I never see it again. I want to branch into something I can hold onto tangibly until I'm ready to let go." The entryway's custom travertine table and fir stools were designed by Brandon Fontenot and inspired by Lina Bo Bardi's work. Stone planter, circa 1700. A 19th-century French workbench

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