In Barcelona, a new hotel and hub for creative types
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A hotel in the creative district of Barcelona
Barcelona’s bohemian side can be found in its neighborhood of El Poblenou, where old factories and mills are now used as artists’ studios and design showrooms. would open his first Spanish property here. Guests enter the 10-story space via a named lobby with fluted leather sofas and lounge chairs that frame an all-day bar hand-painted with an abstract mural in avocado and orange tones by Catalan artist Maria Marvila. The 240 rooms feature hand-woven Indian tapestries inspired by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill’s geometric work suspended above dusty teal headboards, jewel-toned artwork curated by Barcelona-based John Brown Projects, and soothing terra-cotta floors laid over natural jute rugs. Visitors and locals alike can savor the property’s dining options, which bring a taste of the Americas back to Spain: Detroit-style pizzas are served at the downstairs restaurant, Four Corners, and at the hotel’s restaurant. hotel. Rooftop Mexican bar and poolside restaurant, Tope, pulled pork tacos and tequila-based cocktails offer stunning views of the city’s most iconic structure, the Sagrada Familia. Rooms starting at $195, thehoxton.com/poblenou.
When the Tokyo painter Kikuo Saito died in 2016 at the age of 76, after 50 years in the United States, he left behind a career of wallflowers with the great names of abstract expressionism. As an assistant he had mixed paint for Helen Frankenthaler and Larry Poons, but interest in Saito’s lush gestural abstractions did not surface until the late 1980s, only to be overwhelmed by two setbacks : the death of his first wife, the dancer Eva Maier, in 1997 and, 10 years later, the scandalous end of his gallery, Salander-O’Reilly. Through it all, Saito never stopped working, and a retrospective at San Francisco’s Altman Siegel Gallery is part of a larger reconsideration of how artists of Asian descent have been cut off from history. of post-war abstraction. The survey shows Saito’s genius for color choices – for the hint of marigold that holds ‘Ouray’ (1979) or the cerulean sheen of wise shadows in ‘Blue Loop’ (2007) – as well as his efforts to design avant-garde decorations. theatrical productions on duty. “I think he would say he was comfortable in the margins, and that’s where his strength was,” says Maier’s cousin, novelist Joshua Cohen. “I think he would also say he was there from the start.” “Ouray” is on view through June 25 at Altman Siegel in San Francisco, altmansiegel.com.
A piercing studio by Pamela Love
Piercing your ears might seem like a simple thing to do, but jewelry designer Pamela Love – who has 15 ear piercings (“I had to take a moment to check it out,” she says. “Honestly, I had lost count!”) – recommends going somewhere where you can consult a qualified professional who will study the shape of your ear (or elsewhere) to make thoughtful suggestions on how best to adorn yourself. “There’s a huge difference in the process,” Love says. Opening this week is Love’s first-ever studio and boutique in New York; her namesake jewelry line – inspired by astrology, folklore and tarot, among other influences – launched in 2007. She worked with Brooklyn-based architect Uli Wagner to create a light and airy space, with lots of plants, woven textiles and natural wood. Love’s staff uses single-use hollow needles for better precision and versatility, and its jewelry offerings – from crescent studs to pomegranate cuddles – are all made with recycled 14-karat gold and gemstones from ethical origin. “It was extremely important to me,” Love says. “Piercing isn’t painless, but everything about the experience should be as luxurious and comfortable as possible.” The piercing is free with a purchase, starting at $150; 145 North 6th Street, Brooklyn; pamelalove.com.
Seasonless, sustainably produced clothing
A surprisingly cold spring in the northeast meant sweaters remained in rotation even as warm-weather garments came into play. It’s an aesthetic designers are embracing with sustainability in mind. “An off-season style to have and keep” is the slogan of London-based label Sl’eau, launched last year by designer Vanessa Jones and using zero-waste practices for its pleated blouses and swingy iridescent trousers. . New York designer Bryn Taylor also launched her Ouisa line last year, in response to pieces customers were always clamoring for: “They’re asking for items that offer ease, longevity and versatility,” says Taylor, whose biannual presentations of six fundamental pieces Clothing, like a crisp button-down tee and a classic tee, can be worn any time of the year. Malibu, Calif.-based brand Bleusalt also offers streamlined capsule collections; its founder, Lyndie Benson, makes blazers, unisex shawls and the rest of her evergreen line primarily in Tencel, a fabric derived from sustainably sourced raw wood materials. Then there’s Caes, the Amsterdam brand created by designer Helen de Kluiver in 2019 in response to her concerns about the environmental impact of fast fashion. Her fundamental clothes – ankle-length dresses, an A-line black skirt, a traditional trench coat – have subtle but special touches, like stitching details and gathered pleats, and are rendered in organic cottons, recycled polyesters and vegan leather. “I created Caes from the belief that less is more,” says de Kluiver, “but that the coins we invest in should reflect our ideals.
Before working in the fashion industry – shooting oversaturated images for Dior’s Fall 2021 season and capturing ballerinas dressed in Carolina Herrera for the brand’s Fall 2020 impressionist campaign – Moscow-born, Munich-based photographer Elizaveta Porodina embarked on a career as a clinical psychologist. This time spent studying and treating mental illness, including two years in a state-run mental institution, allowed her to learn “in depth about human behavior”, she says, and her understanding of melancholy and resilience can be felt from the eerie photographs compiled in her first monograph, “Un/Masked,” and in the concurrent exhibition “okна” at Fotografiska in Stockholm. A quick glance at a portrait, first published in The Perfect Magazine, shows makeup artist Cécile Paravina’s glamorous face powdered in dazzling white; upon closer inspection, we notice that the model’s teeth have been erased in the same bright scarlet as her lips, leaving the look in her eyes suddenly unnerving. Such twisting of familiar forms of beauty into the uncanny is a trademark of Porodina, whose references include surrealist artist Max Ernst’s collages, as well as bright colors and “sinister messages,” as she calls them. call, giallo italian horror movies. . “I like to call myself a student of the dark side,” she says. About $50, hatjecantz.de. “окна” is on view until June 12 at Fotografiska Stockholm, fotografiska.com.
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