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An art filled house in the Alpilles
For Iconic House, which they launched this summer, tech entrepreneur Thibaud Elzière and his brother Robin Michel search for what they consider to be exceptional properties and persuade designers to refurbish their interiors with the idea of eventually renting them out as week-long escapes that come with all the amenities and services, from an on-site spa to curated local experiences, of a premium hotel. The first of these to hit the market is L’Étoile des Baux, an 18th-century Provençal farmhouse built on the immediate side of a crag in France’s Alpilles Mountains. It was redesigned by Josephine Fossey, who drew on the rich artistic history of Les Baux-de-Provence – both Vincent van Gogh and Jean Cocteau were inspired by the area – and conceived the space as a maison d’artistes, with nearly 200 works, including ceramics by Thalia Dalecky, photography by Romain Laprade and, in the sitting room, a large-scale abstract fresco by Florence Bamberger. There is also mid-century modern furnishings and a professional kitchen. The house can accommodate 16 people and you and your fellow guests can easily spend a day wandering around the well-appointed rooms, but you also don’t want to miss a dip in the pool or the cinema in the backyard. Price on request, iconic.house.
In a recent self-portrait by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the artist sits on a terrace with her son on their lap, their bodies partially shielded by the leaves of tropical plants. The still scene is full of details, the surfaces are given extra depth and texture by photos from Nigeria, the birthplace of Akunyili Crosby. “I like how transfer reduces the visual acuity of a photo,” says Akunyili Crosby. “It seems symbolic of how information is lost as people move between cultural spaces.” The portrait, titled “Still You Bloom in This Land of No Gardens” (2021), adds three new paintings by the artist this weekend during an exhibition opening at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. In all these works layered references from different cultures both transport and disorient the viewer, each work a no man’s land further suggesting a diasporic identity. (Akunyili Crosby moved to the United States as a teenager and now lives in Los Angeles.) A map of Seneca Village, a black community in Manhattan that was destroyed in the 1850s to create Central Park, weaves through images of Nigerian fashion models and outlines from okra plants. Lush rubber trees and plumeria flowers conjure up dozens of possible locations at once. “From wherever you look at the work, you can recognize something,” Akunyili Crosby has said. “But you won’t recognize everything.”“Njideka Akunyili Crosby” can be seen from July 23 to December 4, blantonmuseum.org.
New York’s New Wave of Natural Wine Bars
In downtown Manhattan, there seems to be a new natural wine bar everywhere. Last month came Moonflower, in the West Village, offering hard-to-find bottles — like Andrea Scovero’s barbera rosato, a complex rosé with ripe fruit, a fuller texture and a slightly herbaceous finish — and a tightly curated food menu that relies on what’s coming soon. to find owners to be married, Rowen McDermott and Rebecca Johnson, at the Union Square Greenmarket that week. If you can’t get a seat there, head to Canal Street for Le Dive, restaurateur Jon Neidich’s attempt at authentically Parisian style tobacco, not just an American interpretation of one. Chez Jeannette, in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, inspired Le Dive’s custom orange Formica bar top, and Neidich purchased the decor from vendors in the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen and other vintage vendors. Many of the wines also come from France and pair well with Chef Nicole Gajadhar’s steak tartare, flavored with cornichons, capers and Dijon mustard. Six blocks away is Gem Wine, a 380-square-foot space formerly used to store produce. Now it features communal cherrywood tables, where guests can enjoy meat and cheese platters featuring Chef Flynn McGarry’s favorite offerings from natural winemakers such as Austrian Franz Strohmeier. And then there’s Spēs, Alessandro Trezza’s debut this side of the East River. It’s a full-fledged restaurant that serves unapproved classics such as handmade pasta all’amatriciana, as well as a bountiful wine selection that caters to small producers from Italy. My favorite is La Stoppa’s Ageno, a dry skin contact from the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna.
“The two main ingredients of concern are oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are thought to contribute to reef whitening,” said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, of certain sunscreens. “A third ingredient, octocrylene, is also considered harmful to coral and fish.” Thus, mineral-based sunscreens, which tend to lack the above, are gaining ground. Pipette’s Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50 is made primarily for babies, meaning the lightweight formula is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. It contains squalane, a naturally occurring moisturizing ingredient, and bisabolol, a calming antioxidant derived from chamomile. Relevant, a new skincare line from Thirteen Lune co-founder Nyakio Grieco, provides daily sun protection aptly named One & Done Everyday Cream with SPF 40, which leaves no white cast and is enriched with powerful ingredients such as the humectant sodium hyaluronate. Developed in collaboration with his own dermatologist, Dr. Elena Jones, Pharrell’s product company, Humanrace, debuted SPFs for body and face this month. Both contain the brand’s signature ingredient — snow mushroom extract — which can hold many times its weight in water. Famed hairstylist Adir Abergel recommends Eryfotona Actinica from Isdin, a Spanish dermocosmetics company specializing in photoaging reduction, after using it while on vacation in Brazil. What Dr. As for Zeichner, he is a supporter of Sonrei’s Clear Zinq Tinted Mineral Gel Sunscreen SPF 45 because of its gel base, which makes it easy to apply without feeling heavy or sticky.
Even if you don’t have an outdoor space fit for entertaining, just a few items can help you wink at summer. A dining table can easily be transformed with new table linens, such as this one embroidered with a vine motif in India, or this hand-printed one with a green-and-white checkered pattern and contrasting trim, both from Carolina Irving & Daughters. Pair with a burlap placemat or a bright blue Raffia version from Cabana Home Collection – and with Belgian linen napkins woven in Lithuania. Handmade glassware such as these Moroccan drinking glasses or these Belgian hurricanes feel appropriately casual. For other areas of the house, consider wicker chairs, which give the feel of a screened-in porch or conservatory, or, if your taste is more modern, these shapely chairs have a Pierre Paulin-on-the-sea vibe. like you to do have a lawn (or a friend with one), a cast-iron fire pit makes for good nighttime activity, and this cabana-striped mat from Portugal will keep your guests from following the outdoors. But even a small city balcony would have room for one of these French garden chairs, originally manufactured in 1889 for the outdoor cafes in Paris. See below for more ideas on how to make the most of the season – and read other stories from our 2022 Summer Entertaining issue on tmagazine.com.
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