Last summer, Colombian-born New York-based interior designer Sarita Posada, whose previous projects have included the Standard Hotel in the East Village (with Shawn Hausman Design) and Palm Heights on Grand Cayman, was asked to design not only London’s flagship van. Aimé Leon Dore, Teddy Santis’ traditional streetwear brand, as well as the adjacent cafe and espresso bar. With the latter, she tried to create a warm, elevated space where people can come together — “community is such a big part of the brand,” Posada says. Inspired by legendary European establishments such as Café Einstein in Berlin and Café Central in Vienna, she opted for a bruised Calacatta Viola marble countertop, dark walnut paneling on the walls, and a hand-carved gray-green and cream-white marble mosaic floor. Posada also included personal details, such as black-and-white photos of Santis’s Greek family: his parents on a date (accompanied by his grandmother), his grandmother on a road trip with her cousins in the 1950s. The hope is that after shopping or on the way to work, people will stop by for a freddo espresso or a herbaceous Greek mountain tea, and perhaps see the green leather banquet – or the melomakarona (honey walnut) or kourabiedes (almond) biscuits – and be convinced to to linger. aimeleondore.com.
After nearly 75 years in business, Sausalito, California-based Heath Ceramics is still beloved for its durable yet beautiful plates, cups and bowls, but many of the company’s most devoted fans also fervently collect its design collaborations with several global makers, some of which sell out online within minutes. The following is Heath’s collaboration with Akio Nukaga, an accomplished potter from Kasama, Japan, who works with his wife, daughter, or occasional assistant to create pieces with pleated surfaces inspired by traditional shinogi cutting techniques. The ceramist has been working with Heath’s team since 2009; For this year’s presentation, “A Single Line Will Lead Me,” which opened this week, he challenged himself to move away from functional pieces such as mugs and saucers and instead include ships, sculptures, vases, totems, and create other artistic one-offs that are primarily intended to be displayed. (In variegated stripes of gray, umber and marigold, the items would look particularly beautiful between books on a shelf.) “Akio is 59 and his body tells him to slow down,” said Tung Chiang, studio director at Heath. “It’s not about making more work, it’s about making more significant work. He wants to leave his footprint as a potter in the world.” heathceramics.com.
Workwear Essentials from Alex Mill and Brut
Alex Mill, the New York-based menswear and womenswear brand, is launching a capsule collection this month featuring the cultic Parisian vintage archive and ready-to-wear label gross. Somsack Sikhounmuong, co-founder and design director of Alex Mill, first came into contact with Brut in 2018, specializing in military and workwear. he says. “I’m a big fan of good editing, and theirs was one of the strongest out there.” He and Paul Ben Chemhoun, the founder of Brut, teamed up to create three limited-edition items : an Alex Mill cotton tote bag that comes in a variety of neutral tones, and a Brut work jacket and hat, both available in bright blue or yellow. , all decorated with handcrafted vintage and custom patches. In addition, 200 pieces from Brut Collection, which new fabrics used to recreate vintage cuts, and the label’s Rework program, which recycles vintage materials into new styles, will be on sale for the first time in New York, at Alex Mill’s store in Soho, starting July 20. The Alex Mill x Brut Archives collection will also be sold in the brand’s uptown store and online. From $125, alexmill.com.
Tatale, a former supper club launched by Akwasi Brenya Mensa in 2021 with the aim of showcasing West African cuisine, and which grew to 70 per event in various secret locations, is now permanently based at the Africa Center in London. With a 33-seat restaurant decorated with terracotta and indigo walls and handmade Kente fabric cushions and lamps, as well as a top-level bar and event space with standing room for 100 people, the new setup offers ample space for the founder. two creative outlets: dining and DJing. Mensa, a music impresario turned restaurateur, strives to recreate the communal feel of roadside eateries or canteens he would visit while traveling to his parents’ native Ghana. “It’s dining in its purest form,” he says of the chop bar experience. “You will find everyone there: business people, judges, school children. Everyone is there for the food.” But while meat is often the main event in Ghanaian cuisine, Mensa mixes it up whenever possible, such as in Tatale’s jollof rice with mushrooms or omo tuo, a sticky rice cake dipped in spicy groundnut soup. Meat or no meat, however, Mensa sees cooking as a recipe for authenticity: “Food allowed me to express myself through my heritage,” he says. “That of a Ghanaian, a West African and an African.” tataleandco.com.
Seventh House, a recently opened design gallery in Hollywood, is housed in a building Frank Gehry designed as a living-work space for noted 20th-century graphic designer Louis “Lou” Danziger, and that was the architect’s first work to receive widespread attention. to get. Even today, nearly 60 years after its completion, the space feels surprisingly contemporary. Behind the modest gray stucco facade is a courtyard and four gracefully proportioned rooms with exposed two-by-four ceilings that have been elegantly decorated by the gallery owner Trevor Cheney, who pays tribute to Gehry’s original vision by creating vignettes with a residential feel. Currently on display is Green River Project’s 10-piece Twig collection of rustic chairs, tables and lamps, which are made from black birch branches found on Green River’s co-founder Ben Bloomstein’s estate in New York State. York – using wet-on-dry joinery, a technique used to combine woods with different moisture contents to strengthen the joints of a piece. “It’s important that the integrity of the furniture remains intact,” said Bloomstein partner Aaron Aujla. seventhhouse.la.
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