Zara Home Collaboration with Vincent Van Duysen

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Joshua Tree Retreat Center welcomes the first boutique property in the Yucca Valley, known for its eclectic refurbished motels and private home rental options, on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, where wild paloverde trees meet towering granite boulders. . The 14 suites, now known as Bungalows, were designed and built by architect Harold Zook in 1960 as accommodation for the site’s campus teachers. Located in the northwest corner of the center’s more than 130-acre desert, the bungalows still have their original wooden exteriors, while the interiors look sun-bleached, with earthen jute and seagrass rugs, woven reed-back chairs, and intricate millwork to evoke a bare sand feel. The spaces were redeveloped by hospitality company Homestead Modern and restored in collaboration with consultant designer Brad Dunning; Paying homage to the work of Swiss architect Albert Frey, the rooms are accented with yellow fabrics in the color of Encelia flowers that Frey popularized in his modernist buildings in nearby Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels and stylish concrete floors merge with the wide open terraces and views beyond. During their stay, guests can cook on the estate’s communal grills or dine at the retreat’s vegetarian cafe. Rooms starting from $250, retreat.homesteadmodern.com.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday this spring, Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen was given the opportunity to look back. He has archives both professionally – throughout three decades of his career, known for a desaturated, sensuous aesthetic that was originally born in rejection of the arrogant excess of the ’80s – and personal, for an ongoing collaboration with fashion giant Zara’s homeware line, which began this month and has his own living room. analysis of rooms. “I wanted to revisit my ‘wardrobe’ of furniture pieces,” she says of the 19 items, which include furniture, lamps, rugs and smaller decorative items. Solid French oak, sandstone from Galicia, Spain (where Zara’s headquarters is located), and quality materials such as pure cotton and linen were essential, but self-proclaimed “democratic at heart and soul” Van Duysen said the company had affordable prices for all. fashion sense; The pieces were designed to work with the scale and style of a city apartment or country house. “My furniture pieces can find a place in any living room for any person anywhere in the world,” he says. Starting June 30, starting at $299, zarahome.com.


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Growing up, April Gargiulo’s home did not have artificial fragrances, as these did not interfere with grasping the aroma of a wine. (His family now owns Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.) “I have a relationship with fragrance but with the natural world,” she says. When she launched her sustainable skincare line, Vintner’s Daughter, in 2013, a face oil gained a loyal following with its lush botanical scent as well as its formula crafted from 22 nourishing herbs. Understory, the brand’s first limited-edition fragrance oil, launches this week and references a blend of forest floor vegetation with notes of conifer evergreens, laurel and moss blended with jasmine, violet leaf and soft petals. The bouquet is designed to be unobtrusive. “Understory isn’t about making an announcement to others, it’s more of a moment of celebration with oneself and nature,” says Gargiulo. The slim rollerball applicator comes with a wearable pouch made of vegan leather, so transportation to an enchanted woodland is just a snap away. $245, vintnersdaughter.com.


When Nick Poe starts making plans for his new 25-seat restaurant, Time. Manhattan’s Chinatown wanted the design to be unexpected. “There’s almost a formula for what a sushi restaurant should look like: maple wood, wabi-sabi,” says the architectural designer and co-owner, known for creating airy spaces like Sky Ting yoga studios and Lee’s Private Dining Room. Instead, he looked to the Paris travels of Japanese surrealist artists in the 1920s such as Iwata Nakayama and Kansuke Yamamoto; The result features the trademarks of French bistros and Tokyo sushi bars, from chairs reupholstered in old Persian rugs to shimmering custom mirrors bearing kanji for “sashimi” and “spirits.” Most recently at Nare in Midtown, chef Yukio Fukaya makes seasonal omakase for eight dinners sitting in an oak bar crowned with gleaming stainless steel. Alongside her, two additional chefs prepare a spicy sesame-cucumber salad and chutoro with soy-dried egg yolk and fragrant nori rice for the downtown crowd. brown paper at sunset In the original tin ceiling, inverted lamps illuminate a hand-painted fresco of an architectural model that wraps around the walls, and a side window overlooking the Manhattan Bridge looks out onto the street where matcha martinis and tuna rolls are distributed. 105 Canal Street, timeoncanal.com.

The plot for one of Hollie Bowden’s tastefully muted projects often begins with a single piece of drama. A recently completed flat in Notting Hill, west London, was entirely inspired by, for example, a pale pink 18th-century speckled marble fireplace sourced from Belgium. “I called myself a minimal maximalist because I love bare space with a very specific object,” says the 38-year-old interior designer, who has decorated homes for singer FKA Twigs and a store for British luxury brand Tanner Krolle. . But after spending 20 years putting together the kind of memorable one-offs that might have been just the thing for clients, friends, or herself (renovating her family’s home in Finsbury Park, north of London), space was running out; Hence the opening of the Gallery, an appointment shop adjacent to his studio in Shoreditch. Design classics such as the 1970s steel and leather lounge chair designed by Vittorio Introini for Saporiti and the attractively weathered De Sede DS600 rocking sofa are on offer, as well as darker treasures, including a ceramic walrus purchased in Mexico City. Then there is the solid “Ebb” bedside table – Bowden’s first venture into homeware design and his collaboration with furniture designer Byron Pritchard, who handcrafts walnut tables in his studio in nearby Broadway Market. What will you not find? Everything Instagram is famous for. As Bowden says, “I’ve always wanted this to be a tactful proposition – a piece that says, ‘If you know, you know’.” Email [email protected] to make an appointment for one hour.


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