A Zara Home collaboration with Vincent Van Duysen

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On the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, where a forest of wild paloverde trees meets towering granite boulders, the Joshua Tree Retreat Center welcomes the first boutique property in Yucca Valley, a city known for its eclectic offerings. of renovated motels and private home rentals. . The 14 suites, now known as Bungalows, were designed and built in 1960 by architect Harold Zook as housing for campus faculty. Located in the northwest corner of the center’s 130-plus acres of wilderness, the bungalows still retain their original wooden exteriors, while the interiors appear sun-bleached, with earthy jute and seagrass rugs, cane-backed chairs woven and intricate woodwork to evoke a feeling of bare sand. The spaces were remodeled by hospitality company Homestead Modern and restored in collaboration with consulting designer Brad Dunning; nodding to the work of Swiss architect Albert Frey, rooms are accented with yellow textiles the color of Encelia flowers, a hue popularized by Frey in his modernist structures in nearby Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels and sleek concrete floors are matched by expansive outdoor patios and views beyond. During a stay, guests can cook at the on-site communal grills or dine at the retreat center’s vegetarian cafe. Rooms from $250, retirement.homesteadmodern.com.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday this spring, Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen had the opportunity to look back. He immersed himself in his archives both professionally (over the three decades of his career, he has been known for a desaturated, sensory-gentle aesthetic that was originally born as a rejection of the unabashed excesses of the ’80s) and personally, through a analysis of their own living rooms, for an ongoing collaboration that starts this month with fashion giant Zara’s line of home goods. “I wanted to revisit my furniture ‘closet’,” he says of the 19 products, which include furniture, lamps, rugs and smaller decorative items. Quality materials like solid French oak, sandstone from Galicia, Spain (where Zara’s headquarters are located), and pure cottons and linens were paramount, but as a self-proclaimed “democrat at heart and soul,” Van Duysen was drawn to the company’s ethos of affordable fashion for all; the pieces were designed to work with the scale and style of a city apartment or country house. “My furniture can find a place in any kind of living room for any kind of person anywhere in the world,” he says. From $299, starting June 30, zarahome.com.


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Growing up, April Gargiulo’s house was remarkably devoid of artificial fragrances, lest they interfere with understanding the scent of a wine. (Her family now owns Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.) “I have a relationship with scent but in the natural world,” she says. Yet when she launched her sustainable skincare line, Vintner’s Daughter, in 2013, a facial oil won a devoted following for both its lush, botanical scent and its formula, made from 22 nourishing plants. The brand’s first limited-edition scented oil, Understory, arrives this week and refers to the mix of flora along the forest floor, with notes of conifers, laurel and moss mixed with hints of jasmine, violet leaf and soft petals. The bouquet is designed to be discreet. “Understory is not about an advertisement for others,” says Gargiulo, “but about a moment of celebration with oneself and nature.” The slim twist-ball applicator comes with a portable bag made from vegan leather, so transportation to a magical forest is just a touch away. $245, vitnerschild.com.


When Nick Poe began making plans for Time, his new 25-seat restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown wanted the design to be unexpected. “There’s almost a formula for what a sushi restaurant should look like: maple wood, wabi-sabi,” says the architectural designer and co-owner, known for creating expansive spaces like Sky Ting yoga studios and Lee’s Private Dining Room. Instead, he looked to the Parisian travels of Japanese surrealist artists like Iwata Nakayama and Kansuke Yamamoto in the 1920s; the result features the trademarks of French bistros and Tokyo sushi bars alike, from chairs upholstered in antique Persian rugs to gleaming custom mirrors bearing the kanji for “sashimi” and “alcoholic beverages.” Chef Yukio Fukaya, most recently at Nare in Midtown, crafts seasonal omakase for eight seated at an oak bar topped with gleaming stainless steel. Alongside him, two other chefs prepare spicy cucumber-sesame salad and chutoro with cured soy egg yolks and fragrant nori rice for the downtown crowd. As the sun goes down, brown paper inverted lamps in the original tin ceiling illuminate a hand-painted fresco of an architectural model that wraps around the walls, drawing the eye to the street, where matcha martinis and tuna rolls are served from a side window with a view to the Manhattan Bridge. Canal Street 105, weatheroncanal.com.

The outline of one of Hollie Bowden’s tasteful projects often begins with a single theatrical piece. A recently completed apartment in Notting Hill, West London, was inspired entirely by, for example, an 18th century pale pink speckled marble fireplace sourced from Belgium. “I call myself a minimalist maximalist because I love bare space with an object that is so special,” says the 38-year-old interior designer, who has decorated homes for singer FKA Twigs and a store for British luxury brand Tanner Krolle. . But after spending 20 years amassing the kind of uniquely memorable things that could be perfect for clients, friends or herself (she’s renovating her family’s home in Finsbury Park in North London), she was staying put. without space; hence the opening of the Gallery, a date-only shop next door to her Shoreditch studio. Design classics like a 1970s steel and leather daybed by Vittorio Introini for Saporiti and an attractively weathered De Sede DS600 undulating sofa are on offer, along with more obscure treasures, including a ceramic walrus acquired in Mexico City. . Then there’s the solid “Ebb” nightstand, Bowden’s first foray into homeware design and a collaboration with his partner, Byron Pritchard, a furniture designer who makes the tables in walnut at his studio in nearby Broadway Market. What won’t you find? Anything famous from Instagram. As Bowden says, “I always wanted it to be a subtle offering, a piece that said, ‘If you know, you know.'” Email gallery@holliebowden.com to make a one hour appointment.


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