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In Paris, a Dim Sum Restaurant Finds Daring Ways to Invoke Tradition


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After traveling across China as a university student — from Shanghai to Yunnan, Guangzhou and Beijing — to reconnect along with her roots, Céline Chung returned home to her native France with a dream to someday disrupt classic Chinese canteens with restaurants that will emphasize style in addition to the variety of the cuisine. “I’m French Chinese and inspired by my family’s heritage, but additionally by Paris — its sense of design and its gastronomic scene,” says Chung. Bleu Bao is the restaurateur’s third and most up-to-date spot: Designed by Atelieramo, the Paris-based interiors studio known for its work on prestige salons on the department store Samaritaine, the bao and dim sum restaurant nods to traditional Chinese teahouses and incorporates daring materials and colours, particularly the blue and white of traditional porcelain. The bottom floor features velvet banquettes and an oversize reproduction of a Ming painting offset by neon yellow trim, while the upper level has more of a boudoir feel. Armchairs and daybeds replace tables and chairs, and Maison Martin Morel floral wallpaper inspired by Wong Kar-wai’s film “Within the Mood for Love” sets a romantic scene for throwing back char siu bao, Dongpo pork and ginger milk pudding. “I wanted to indicate a unique side of Chinese dining,” Chung says, “without the clichés.” 8 Rue Saint-Lazare, Paris, baofamily.co.

Avery Thatcher has developed a spread of techniques over the course of her creative life, as evidenced by her Portland, Ore.-based wallpaper line Juju Papers — the designs of which feature paper cutouts, sponge paintings and screen prints — and her namesake pigmented concrete tile company. This month, she celebrates the merging of those two businesses into one design studio, Thatcher, with a group of geometric Form pillows. The discharge reflects yet more past endeavors, including her training in sculpture and a formative stint in theatrical puppetry. “I never had a conventional profession path, and I notoriously all the time had so many roles in any respect times,” says Thatcher, “but I actually learned about craft and find out how to construct things working there.” Several colleagues from that gig helped to construct and develop the playful set of six, available in colours like bottle green, dandelion and port wine. Upholstered with responsibly sourced Latest Zealand lambs’ wool, the pillows are crammed with CertiPUR-US foam, in step with Thatcher’s climate-neutral status. Each might (somewhat literally) punctuate an area with a jolt of energetic color, and will be tossed around for wear. “My two kids destroy them on the each day, they usually’ve been keeping their sculptural shape,” Thatcher says. From $200, thatcherstudio.com.

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In his 4 years since taking the helm at Celine, the creative director Hedi Slimane has made it a priority to resurrect the precision of high fashion, in addition to the intimacy — the multiple fittings required for every commission ensured an in depth relationship between couturier and client. After re-establishing a couture salon on the French fashion house in 2018, and reintroducing Celine’s perfumery in 2019, Slimane now turns his attention to leather goods with the Haute Maroquinerie collection. Each made-to-order handbag is crafted from start to complete by a single artisan on the brand’s leatherwork facility in Tuscany, with two shapes on offer. The 16, a top-handle satchel, is called for the address of Celine’s atelier, at 16 Rue Vivienne in Paris, while the Triomphe, a smaller shoulder bag, has a clasp that resembles the wrought-iron chain circling its namesake arch. Each bags are rendered in the best materials, with an array of customization options: clasps and hardware in 18-carat yellow or white gold, possible diamond detailing, goat leather interior and crocodile exterior in 14 shades, from inky patent black to a stunning lilac. Leave it to considered one of the Frenchiest of homes to redefine luxury. Price upon request, celine.com.

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Within the Taiwanese American painter Phaan Howng’s imagined landscapes, flora have evolved to tackle a riot of Day-Glo hues as a survival tactic against years of toxic industrial waste in a post-Anthropocene future. It’s a theme the artist has explored for the reason that late aughts, when she held down a very wearying day job at an electronics manufacturing company in South Florida and gained a mounting awareness of the industry’s environmental impact. “I didn’t want my ghost to live in that cubicle endlessly,” she recalls. This month, Howng, now based in Baltimore, presents her first solo show in Latest York, “I’ll Be Back,” a meditation on domesticity, feminism and the extractive history of house plants. The practice of taming and commodifying nature throughout the home dates to the Victorian era, and the artist’s research included Kate Chopin’s novel “The Awakening” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” in addition to the sci-fi flick “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Among the many works is an immersive installation, staged as an interior overrun with acid yellow, orange and fluorescent green plants and patterns, a dizzying array of paintings, sculptures, wallpaper, furniture and more. It elicits a type of despairing joy — an end-of-days, rave-party aplomb. “I’ve all the time been fascinated by how humans try to control and manipulate nature to suit their vision,” Howng says. “Why can we try this?” “I’ll Be Back” is on view through June 25 at Dinner Gallery, Latest York, dinnergallery.com.

“I’m naturally thirsty to grasp the infinite mystery of wine,” says Alessio de Sensi, the overall manager of the Latest York Italian restaurant Scarpetta. This week, he begins sharing that oenophilia and vast knowledge — he experienced his first harvest at age six in Maremma, Italy, and received a proper education through the Italian Sommelier Association — with VinVivo, a series of in-person wine classes. The primary sessions, called “World of Wine,” will explain terminology, discuss tasting techniques and explore the history of winemaking while students enjoy a three-course meal (and leave with a replica of de Sensi’s book, “Uncork Your Senses”). They’re lessons he first provided to his colleagues because the wine director at Minetta Tavern a decade ago and continued once he joined Scarpetta in 2019, and which the LDV Hospitality founder John Meadow desired to make accessible to the general public. “Our biggest hope of our attendees is that they’re empowered to seek out and drink what they honestly love,” says Meadow. $150 per ticket, exploretock.com.

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