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Over 20 years after launching, Ace Hotel Group retains its popularity for catering to creative types with its cool, unconventional design. At considered one of its newest locations, in Toronto, and more specifically town’s boutique-lined Fashion District, guests are greeted by a lobby with soaring, steel-edged concrete arches, red oak wall paneling and a three-story art installation by A. Howard Sutcliffe that recalls the sparkling waters of nearby Lake Ontario. With interiors designed by Shim-Sutcliffe Architects (which also designed the constructing itself) and Atelier Ace, this and the adjoining bar area are accented with plush midcentury vintage sofas and chairs, and opaque plexiglass and wood lights that were inspired by kites. The 123 guest rooms were conceived as urban cabins, so each includes a deep-set window bench and a vinyl collection curated by the local record label Arts & Crafts. Over in Sydney, Australia, Ace worked with the architecture firm Bates Smart and the interiors firm Flack Studio to renovate — and add eight floors to — the Tyne Constructing, which was built atop the country’s earliest kiln site in 1916 to function a dispensary and warehouse for a well known pharmacist. Now 18 stories tall, it has 257 rooms that, with their textural straw wall paneling and tangerine-colored carpets, feel appealingly retro. Upstairs and down, guests can enjoy inviting dining options, whether the Italian- and Japanese-inspired plates on the forthcoming rooftop restaurant, Kiln, or the vegetable-forward ones on the ground-floor restaurant, Loam. From $290 (Sydney) and $305 (Toronto), acehotel.com.

It’s only natural that Ulla Johnson is expanding into premium denim. So most of the brand’s pre-existing pieces look great with jeans, and the designer herself has at all times loved them. Until she designed her own, nonetheless, she had trouble finding the form of extra-special pairs that you simply wear and love for years. “All the things I’ve at all times wanted [in denim] is on this range — impeccable quality of fabrication and craft, and pieces handmade with sustainable washing and ending,” she says. Indeed, each garment within the offering, which is produced in a longstanding Los Angeles factory that uses eco-friendly stones for laundry and keeps using chemicals and water to a minimum, takes over a day to make. There are 4 jeans styles, including one with pin tucks down the middle front and one other with a large leg, and a jacket. All are designed to be worn year-round, reflecting, says Johnson, “the essential nonseasonal role that denim plays in our lives.” But that doesn’t mean they’re nondescript. Rivets and buttons come, depending on the wash, in either copper, matte gold or polished gold, and all the jeans feature a hand-hammered ring made in partnership with the Kenyan artisans who work on the brand’s jewelry and bags that hangs from a back belt loop. From $425, ullajohnson.com.

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Gilles de Brock is best known for much out silk-screen poster designs that mix found images, popular culture references and a dizzying palette. Lately, the Netherlands-based graphic designer and art director, who previously created designs for corporations like Nike and Red Bull, has turned his attention to exploring how color and form will be represented in other media, namely clothing, carpets and ceramic tiles. For the latter, de Brock, who’s excited by providing designers with access to their very own technique of production, has spent much of the last three years working with Studio GDB, the design studio he runs with Jaap Giesen, to construct a CNC ceramic tile printer that translates his digital designs into the physical world. The resulting pieces are covered in abstract motifs rendered in good green, soft red and cobalt blue glazes that appear to capture movement and light-weight. For the reason that completion of the printer, Studio GDB has shifted to turn into a small ceramic tile factory, working with clients to bring its wares to storefronts, home interiors and cafes. More of de Brock’s tiles, in addition to a choice of his posters and textile works, will be viewed at an exhibition up now at Le Signe National Centre for Graphic Design in Chaumont, France. It’s aptly titled “If It Works, It Is Not Only a Temporary Solution.” On view until Sept. 23, centrenationaldugraphisme.fr.

Within the early days of the pandemic, cooks flocked to Instagram to sell homemade goods akin to flaky croissants and golden Jamaican beef patties. Some were out of labor on account of restaurant closures; others were amateur bakers attempting to pivot into the food industry. Despite the challenges that got here with navigating food production and order pickups in cramped apartments, a couple of gained fervent followings and have since opened brick-and-mortar locations. In May, the French bakery L’Appartement 4F moved on from l’appartement, situated in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood, that it was based out of and right into a small shop a bit north in Brooklyn Heights. Crowds commonly line up outside before it opens within the hopes of snagging sourdough baguettes and raspberry almond croissants. Earlier this month, the pastry chef and archivist Doris Hồ-Kane of Bạn Bè, who found fame through tins bearing Vietnamese-style cookies flavored with coconut pandan and black sesame ube (at one point, the waiting list hit 10,000 people), began selling her coveted treats, in addition to latest offerings like bánh mì chay and durian 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 necessary,” says Hồ-Kane, “and person-to-person interactions are so helpful.” Over on the West Coast, Jihee Kim of Perilla, known for its seasonal banchan like dandelion green namul, is gearing as much as open a lunch spot in Los Angeles’s Echo Park this fall. Prepare for loaded rice bowls and hand-rolled gimbap, plus loads of fresh tomato kimchi to take home.

Though all the prints in Louisa Ballou’s line of moody resort wear are adapted from her paintings, she doesn’t actually imagine the finished clothing pieces while working in her studio in Charleston, S.C. “I’d lose the playfulness of it,” she says. When she paints, she’s considering more in regards to the color and vibrancy within the landscape around Charleston, her hometown, which she didn’t fully appreciate until spending a couple of years in London while studying fashion at Central Saint Martins — sure enough, her canvases often draw from the region’s waterways and barrier islands, or from flora just like the night-blooming cereus which have been in South Carolina for generations. She’s considering, too, about how other artists have communicated movement and rhythm of their work, as in Charlotte Rudolph’s Nineteen Twenties-era photographs of dancers, or Brice Marden’s layered lines. Just once a painting is digitally scanned does she turn her focus to how, as an abstract print, it would “sit on the body and embrace the body,” she says. “I need you to feel painted within the pieces.” While the brand, which she began in 2018, has found success in its swim and swim-adjacent offerings (with customers like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa), the designer desires to expand her ready-to-wear categories and is working on a set of accessories: an effort, she says, to assume the Louisa Ballou woman not only on a tropical vacation but at lunch in Paris or dinner in Recent York. louisaballou.com.

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