When the hospitality company Dovetail + Co. first envisioned a Hawaii outpost for Wayfinder, the boutique hotel brand whose original Rhode Island location is beloved for its Newport-specific charm, the group’s owner, Phil Hospod, knew he desired to design a spot that drew from “the B-side” of Waikiki, a reference to the lesser-known songs often found on a record’s flip side. The Wayfinder Waikiki is accordingly situated not on the oceanfront but on the (relatively) quiet Ala Wai Boulevard, with sweeping views of Diamond Head and the Koʻolau mountain range. (Still, it’s just a brief three-block walk to the white sands and surf breaks.) The hotel’s rough-hewn ’60s Brutalist structure — a rarity among the many neighborhood’s muted high-rises and tiki kitsch — now features eclectic, tropical interiors courtesy of the local design studio the Vanguard Theory. Drawing inspiration from the islands’ wealthy heritage, custom furnishings and textiles mix multicultural motifs for the 228 rooms. (Think: checkered palaka prints on pillows with aloha shirt designs and Japanese obi belt-inspired patterns decorating headboards.) A 3-story Spanish terra-cotta constructing, housing rooms with kitchenettes, overlooks a 70-foot saltwater lagoon pool. Determined to present visitors a more insider experience of the island, Hospod and his team have partnered with plenty of local businesses and organizations resembling the record label Aloha Got Soul, which supplies the lobby with rare Hawaii vinyl reissues. The Bishop Museum, a century-old institution dedicated to Hawaii’s culture, is involved in making a volunteer program for guests. In April, the hotel plans to open two on-site dining venues that can join its B-Side coffee bar: the primary Waikiki location of Redfish (the favored Honolulu spot known for its inventive poke bowls) and the poolside bar Lost + Found, which is able to give attention to local microbrews and tropical cocktails. Rooms from $229, wayfinderhotels.com.
A Perfume Reimagined With Matisse in Mind
When Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, the chemist who debuted his namesake French beauty dynasty in 1828, was asked to create an eau de cologne to mark Eugénie de Montijo’s marriage to Napoleon III, he delivered a singular scent in an ornate flacon embellished with the royal emblem of bees. Long outlasting the empress’s 17-year reign, that buzzy bottle, which celebrates its one hundred and seventieth anniversary this 12 months, has now been reimagined with the assistance of Maison Matisse, a design house founded by Henri Matisse’s great-grandson Jean-Matthieu. Inspired by the artist’s 1939 oil-on-canvas piece “La Musique,” Astrid de Chaillé (known for her restoration work on the Château de Versailles) hand-painted the limited-edition collection’s 14 glass vessels with a vibrant motif, which she meticulously color matched to the unique modernist masterpiece. Inside, the perfume Couleur Bonheur — an uplifting, fruit-forward chypre orchestrated by Guerlain’s nose, Thierry Wasser — plays off the palette’s cobalt, canary yellow and celadon green brushstrokes. Price on request, guerlain.com.
For the second time since its 2018 founding, the Latest York gallery Ortuzar Projects will present a survey of pieces by the gay Chicano artist Joey Terrill, this time centered around his collage work. In “Cut and Paste,” the curator Rafael Barrientos Martinez organizes five a long time of the artist’s work with an inclusive eye informed by his full-time curatorial work with a Southern California health care nonprofit serving the region’s Latino communities. Terrill’s pop culture-heavy work has often handled the H.I.V./AIDS crisis and his own 1989 diagnosis. At Ortuzar Projects, his oeuvre is represented through silk-screens, his Homeboy Beautiful zines and fliers for parties he’s hosted throughout the years. There are also collages, one featuring a set of Tom of Finland leather daddies and one other a dashing Richard Gere. A cheeky missive is available in the shape of a photocopied montage of Mark Wahlberg’s Interview cover and a Billy Baldwin publicity shot, across which is written in curlicue glitter “Dos Vatos que yo dejaría soplarme” (“two guys I’d let blow me”). Terrill’s most up-to-date work, a rhinestone-embedded collage titled “Here I’m/Estoy Aquí,” sees a baby photo of the artist surrounded by multicolored copies of Robert Mapplethorpe skulls and flowers. “That is my version of a secular coming into the universe,” Terrill says. “I’m convinced that once I was born, I already knew I used to be gay. I like that image of me as a toddler, smiling, and I desired to contrast that through circles of death related to H.I.V./AIDS — but I’m still joyful. I’d prefer to be considered this joyful entity that’s coming into the world suddenly.” “Cut and Paste” is on view from Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, ortuzarprojects.com.
A Scandinavian Cocktail Bar in Philadelphia
Paige West has spent the past three a long time curating a set of up to date art began by her father, Alfred West, the founding father of the financial services company SEI. In the method, she has collaborated commonly with the inside designer Ghislaine Viñas, totally on residences. The pair’s latest project, a cocktail lounge in West’s hometown, Philadelphia, is their first foray into industrial hospitality. Andra Hem (Swedish for second home) is on an unassuming corner of Rittenhouse Square. Inside, Viñas focused on daring colours — the partitions are peacock blue and mustard — and brilliant patterns (a lichenlike wallpaper surrounds the bar), while West oversaw the choice and installation of art, a mixture of hanging pieces and murals by local artists and friends. The menu follows the Scandinavian theme, with traditional dishes like Swedish meatballs, potato pancakes and beet-pickled herring. Drink creations include the Lambhattan, made with lamb-washed bourbon, and Nothing Beets a Dala Horse, a mixture of beet-infused mezcal, tequila, overproof rum and horseradish coconut cream. After an evening of indulgence, friends of West or Viñas could make their way upstairs to a set of spacious guesthouses where the furniture, décor and even bath accessories were all sourced from Sweden. Andra Hem opens Feb. 15, andrahem.com
An Eclectic Jewelry Box on Bleecker Street
Last month, the jewellery collector Camille Zarsky opened her superb jewelry boutique, the Seven, on the corner of Bleecker Street and Christopher Street within the West Village. The native Latest Yorker inherited her admiration for gems from her late mother, Meredith Wilson, who was also a collector and a jewellery designer. Zarsky named the boutique after her mother’s jewelry line, Le Sette Sorelle, Italian for the seven sisters. For the interiors, she worked with the designer Blake Brunson; their goal was to make clients feel as if they were entering Zarsky’s dream jewelry box. Together they furnished the shop with antiques from all over the world, like a Louis XV gilt-metal-inlaid desk. The doorknobs are coloured glass, the cases are custom made and the wallpaper, hand painted by Gracie, features greenery from Texas (where Zarsky grew up) and Italy, for her mother, together with portraits of her dogs. The shop’s collection of bijoux is made up of independent designers — Emily P. Wheeler, Ileana Makri and Gigi Clozeau are just a few of Zarsky’s favorites. She also works closely with just a few of the jewelers to create one-of-a-kind pieces which might be only offered on the Seven. For those inquisitive about customizing their very own piece, the boutique will offer one-on-one appointments. Along with jewelry, shoppers can browse homeware like Maison La Bougie candles, diffusers made by Coqui Coqui and vintage china from Ginori 1735. thesevenwestvillage.com
As hotels all over the world prioritize sustainability, an increasing number are installing beehives. Globally, 1 in 6 bee species is regionally extinct and greater than 40 percent are endangered due to pollution and habitat loss, amongst other causes. The decline of bees has a ripple effect for the reason that insects are necessary pollinators that contribute to food security. Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland, welcomed seven beehives to its garden in 2017. The property’s 840 acres provide the honeybees with ample room to roam for nectar and the resulting honey is used throughout its dining venues, in addition to sold in its online shop. A key ingredient of the Bees Knees cocktail at Mauna Kea Resort’s Copper Bar in Hawaii is kiawe blossom honey harvested from the resort’s apiaries, which guests can tour every Saturday with the resident beekeeper. But even hotel-hosted bees aren’t resistant to threat: In Nagano, Japan, Tobira Onsen Myojinkan had five hives with about 20,000 bees in each. The hotel, which also has its own farm and rice fields, offers sweets created from their honey. Recently, though, the beekeeping team has been battling wasps and mites which have depleted the honey supply and compelled them to take a position in latest hives this 12 months. And while some hotels harvest and use their honey at their spa or restaurant, the Mercer in Latest York, which installed hives on its roof last spring with beekeeper Ian Sklarsky, prefers to simply let its 70,000 bees be. “Currently, there are not any plans to bottle, sell or utilize the honey within the restaurant,” says Michel Heredia, the director of sales and marketing. As a substitute, he says, the hotel is just on a mission “to take a position within the growing movement to guard, preserve and nurture the delicate bee population in Manhattan.”
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