Instagram’s chefs and bakers are turning to brick and mortar
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New Ace Hotels, one on each side of the world
More than 20 years after its launch, Ace Hotel Group maintains its reputation for catering to creative types with its cool and unconventional design. In one of its newest locations in Toronto, and specifically in the city’s boutique-lined fashion district, customers are greeted by a lobby with high concrete arches at the edges of steel, red oak wall panels and a three-story art installation by A. Howard Sutcliffe reminiscent of the sparkling waters of nearby Lake Ontario. With interiors designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and Atelier Ace, this bar and the adjoining bar are accented with plush mid-century vintage sofas and chairs, as well as opaque plexiglass and kite-inspired wooden lamps. The 123 rooms have been designed as urban shacks, so each has a deep window bench and a curated vinyl collection from local record label Arts & Crafts. In Sydney, Australia, Ace worked with architecture firm Bates Smart and interiors firm Flack Studio to renovate – and add eight floors – the Tyne Building, which was built atop the country’s first kiln site in 1916 to serve as a dispensary and warehouse for a well-known pharmacist. Now 18 stories tall, it has 257 rooms that, with their straw-textured paneling and tangerine-colored carpets, feel pleasantly retro. Upstairs and downstairs, diners can enjoy inviting dining options, whether it’s the Italian and Japanese-inspired plates of the future rooftop restaurant, Kiln, or the vegetable-based dishes of the restaurant at the ground floor, Loam. From $290 (Sydney) and $305 (Toronto), acehotel.com.
It is only natural that Ulla Johnson launches into high-end denim. So many of the brand’s pre-existing pieces look great with jeans, and the designer herself has always loved them. Until she created her own, however, she had struggled to find the kind of extra-special pairs you’ve been wearing and loving for years. “All I ever wanted [in denim] is in this range — impeccable craftsmanship and craftsmanship, and handmade pieces with a durable wash and finish,” she says. Indeed, each garment in the offering, which is produced in a long-standing Los Angeles factory that uses eco-friendly stones for washing and minimizes the use of chemicals and water, takes more than a day to manufacture. There are four styles of jeans, including one with center front pleats and another with a wide leg and jacket. All are designed to be worn year-round, reflecting, Johnson says, “the essential non-seasonal role that denim plays in our lives.” But that doesn’t mean they are indescribable. Rivets and buttons are available, depending on the wash, in copper, matte gold or polished gold, and all jeans feature a hand-hammered ring made in partnership with the Kenyan artisans who work on the jewelry and handbags. the brand hanging from a rear belt loop. ullajohnson.com.
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Artistic tiles on and off the wall
Gilles de Brock is best known for his distant silkscreen poster designs that combine found imagery, pop culture references and a dizzying palette. In recent years, the Dutch-based graphic designer and art director, who previously created designs for companies like Nike and Red Bull, has focused on exploring how color and form can be represented. in other media, namely clothing, carpets and ceramic tiles. . For the latter, de Brock, who wants to give designers access to their own means of production, has spent much of the past three years working with Studio GDB, the design studio he runs with Jaap Giesen, to build a ceramic tile CNC printer who translates his digital creations into the physical world. The resulting pieces are covered in abstract patterns rendered in brilliant green, soft red and cobalt blue glazes that seem to capture movement and light. Since the printer’s completion, Studio GDB has grown into a small ceramic tile factory, working with customers to bring its products to storefronts, home interiors and cafes. Other tiles by de Brock, as well as a selection of his posters and textile works, can be seen in an exhibition at Le Signe National Graphic Design Center in Chaumont, France. It’s aptly titled “If it works, it’s not just a temporary fix.” On view until September 23, centrenationaldugraphisme.fr.
At the start of the pandemic, cooks flocked to Instagram to sell homemade products such as flaky croissants and golden Jamaican beef patties. Some were out of work due to restaurant closures; others were home bakers trying to get into the food industry. Despite the challenges of navigating food production and picking up orders from cramped apartments, a few have gained a strong following and have since opened physical stores. In May, the French bakery The 4F Apartment is passed from the apartment, located in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, that he was based in a small store just north of Brooklyn Heights. Crowds regularly line up outside before it opens in the hope of snagging sourdough baguettes and raspberry and almond croissants. Earlier this month, pastry chef and archivist Doris Hồ-Kane of Bạn Be, which rose to prominence through boxes containing Vietnamese-style cookies flavored with coconut pandan and black sesame ube (at one point the waiting list reached 10,000 people) , began selling its coveted treats, along with new offerings like bánh mì chay and durian cream ice cream, through the Dutch door of a Carroll Gardens storefront. “I felt a physical representation of our work and art as Vietnamese people was important,” says Hồ-Kane, “and the person-to-person interactions are so valuable.” On the west coast, Jihee Kim of Perilla, known for its seasonal banchan like dandelion green namul, is gearing up to open a restaurant in Los Angeles’ Echo Park this fall. Get ready for loaded rice bowls and hand-rolled gimbap, more lots of fresh tomato kimchi to take home.
Although all of the prints for Louisa Ballou’s resort clothing line are adapted from her paintings, she doesn’t actually imagine the finished clothing pieces when working in her studio in Charleston, SC “I’d lose the playfulness of it,” she says. When painting, she thinks more of the color and vibrancy of the landscape around Charleston, her hometown, which she did not fully appreciate until spending a few years in London while studying fashion at Central Saint Martins – of course, his canvases often sketch the region’s waterways and barrier islands, or flora like the night-blooming cereus that has been found in South Carolina for generations. She also thinks of how other artists communicated movement and rhythm in their work, such as Charlotte Rudolph’s 1920s. photographs of dancers or the superimposed lines of Brice Marden. Only once a painting is digitized does it focus on how, as an abstract print, it might “sit on the body and embrace the body,” she says. “I want you to feel painted in pieces.” While the brand, which she launched in 2018, has found success in her swim and next to the swimming pool deals (with customers like Bella Hadid and Doua Lipa), the designer wants to expand her ready-to-wear categories and is working on a collection of accessories: an effort, she says, to imagine the Louisa Ballou woman not only on a tropical vacation but at lunch in Paris or dinner in New York. louisaballou.com.
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