The T-List: Five Things We Recommend This Week
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Kyoto via Paris
Lyonnaise Sandra Jollet has long been fascinated by the holistic philosophies associated with shiatsu massage, having been exposed to it from an early age by her father, an acupuncturist and shiatsu therapist. But it was only after visiting Japan that she decided to one day open a ryokan-style spa in France, a vision that has now materialized with Maison Suisen, located in the heart of the popular Marais district in Paris. From the moment guests walk through the door, Maison Suisen embodies the concept of omotenashi, or the art of hospitality, by asking each visitor to choose from an assortment of organic teas bought in Japan that they infuse and serve after processing. In addition to other services, customers can choose between traditional shiatsu, on tatami mat and futon, or a more contemporary setting with massage table and aromatic oil. Starting at $ 130, suisen.fr.
An art student at the University of Brighton and then at the Royal Drawing School in London, artist Somaya Critchlow, now 28, has noticed a dearth of representations of black women in Western art. “I felt isolated, so I thought I would confront myself,” she said, deciding to draw her own body. “As soon as I started drawing myself naked, I started having fun.” These self-portraits quickly evolved into a larger celebration of black femininity, presented in her first monograph, “Somaya Critchlow: Paintings”. Referencing disparate influences – the Renaissance and Rococo portraits, the surrealism of Leonor Fini and David Lynch, and the unabashed carnality of pop stars like Cardi B and Nicki Minaj – Critchlow portrays curvy women, often in states of variable undressing, inhabiting an ambiguous zone between the sexualized object and independent playful subject. $ 40, artbook.com.
Rooms with a sense of place
Handcrafted objects by international artisans are the raison d’être of En Place, a new digital interior design boutique created by Alexis Kanter, creative consultant and former market editor at Vanity Fair. From a playful raffia and clay table lamp by Spanish ceramist Marta Bonilla to a graphic black-and-white chair upholstered in hand-woven natural wool by Guatemalan store Meso Goods, the curated selection is presented against a chic editorial a backdrop that includes stories from designers and city guides, adding context and storytelling to each piece. “I wanted to create a marketplace where you could shop online, but also in an experiential way that wasn’t traditional with bricks and mortar,” says Kanter. Later this year, En Place will also collaborate with a handful of hotels (including the Hotel le Sud in Antibes, France, and the Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon), allowing customers to shop with the click of a button. “I like to think of it as a reinvention of the hotel gift shop,” she says, “which brings home something meaningful that really tells the story of a place.” Starting at $ 24, en-place.co.
Perfume inspired by Korean culture
While shopping at a beauty store in Seoul a few years ago, couple Su min Park and Wonny Lee realized that although the shelves were stocked with Korean goods, the fragrance section only offered familiar western brands. So Park, photographer and artistic director, and Lee, marketing manager, who live in New York, decided to launch Elorea, a modern perfume brand inspired by the rich history and culture of Korea. “We were at a point in our lives where we wanted to get closer to our roots and our culture,” says Lee. A coat rack of “elements” and “Korea,” Elorea is launching with four distinctive scents named after the four trigrams adorning the South Korean flag: Sky, Earth, Water and Fire. After extensive research, the couple sourced ingredients from various parts of South Korea, such as citrus from Jeju, which they mixed with camellia and nutmeg for the warm notes of amber and leather. by Fire. Starting at $ 170, elorea.com.
Like many of us, Brooklyn-based artist Elliott Puckette has spent the pandemic taking comfort in what she can control while making peace with what she can’t. Her ninth solo show with the Kasmin Gallery in New York City, which will also publish her first major monograph later this year, features her characteristic, precise but expansive line paintings, as well as her first foray into sculpture, a medium she wanted. for a long time exploring. The first attempts with plaster of Paris, wire, paper and clay were unsuccessful. “It was an absolute disaster,” Puckette says. “Then I realized it wasn’t something I could do on my own; I needed to put it back. Cast in bronze by Workshop Art Fabrication in Kingston, NY, the two sculptures in the exhibition, “Random Walk” and “Pivot,” represent a natural evolution of Puckette’s commitment to the line throughout her career in la manifesting in a three-dimensional space. What once snaked within the limits of the web has now been freed. “Elliott Puckette” is on view at the Kasmin Gallery from January 13 to February 26, kasmingallery.com.
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