A Zara Home in collaboration with Vincent Van Duysen

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On the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, where a forest of wild palm trees meets towering granite boulders, Joshua Tree Retreat Center welcomes Yucca Valley’s first boutique accommodation, a town known for its eclectic offering of renovated motels and private home rentals. The fourteen suites, now known as the bungalows, were designed and built in 1960 by architect Harold Zuck as housing for the site’s on-campus teachers. Nestled in the northwest corner of the center’s 130-plus desert, the huts still feature original wood exteriors, while interiors look bleached by the sun, with earthy jute and kelp rugs, woven reed benches and intricate millwork to evoke. Feeling of bare sand. Hospitality firm Homestead Modern redeveloped and restored the spaces in collaboration with consulting designer Brad Dunning; As a nod to the work of Swiss architect Albert Frey, the rooms are decorated with Insilia yellow textiles, a color that Frey popularized in his modern structures in nearby Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels and elegant concrete floors blend with expansive outdoor patios and views beyond. During the stay, guests can cook on the on-site public grills or dine at the vegetarian café in the retreat center. rooms from 250 dollars, retreat.homesteadmodern.com.

For his 60th birthday this spring, Belgian architect and designer Vincent van Duysen was given a chance to look back. He’s delved into his professional archives—over the three decades of his career, he’s known for an insatiable, soft-to-the-sensory aesthetic originally born as a rejection of the daring excesses of the ’80s—and personal, via analysis of his living rooms, for an ongoing collaboration that begins this month with a line Housewares for fashion giant Zara. “I wanted to revisit ‘my wardrobe’ of furniture pieces,” he says of the nineteen products, which include furniture, lamps, rugs, and smaller decorative items. Quality materials, such as solid French oak, sandstone from Galicia, Spain (where Zara is headquartered), cotton fabrics and pure linens were of paramount importance, but as a “democrat in heart and soul”, van Duysen was drawn to the company’s ethos of In affordable fashion for everyone; The pieces are designed to work in the scale and style of a city apartment or country house. “My pieces of 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 home was remarkably free of synthetic fragrances, lest they interfere with the assimilation of the scent of wine. (Her family now owns Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.) “I have a relationship with smell but in the natural world,” she says. When she launched her sustainable skincare line Vintner’s Daughter in 2013, though, the face oil gained as many followers for its lush botanical scent as its formula, made with 22 nourishing botanicals. The brand’s first limited-edition essential oil, Understory, arrives this week and notes a blend of botanicals along the forest floor, with notes of coniferous evergreen, bay and moss mixed with hints of jasmine, violet leaves and soft petals. The package is designed to be unobtrusive. “Understory is not about a revelation to others, but rather a celebratory moment with self and nature,” Gargiulo says. The slim roller ball applicator comes with a wearable bag made of vegan leather, so transporting to a magical forest will never be so easy. $245, vintnersdaughter.com.


When Nick Boe started making plans for Time, his new 25-seat restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown, he wanted the design to be unexpected. “There’s almost a formula for how a sushi restaurant looks: maple wood, wabi-sabi,” says the architectural designer and co-owner known for creating airy spaces such as Sky Ting yoga studios and Lee’s Private Dining Room. Instead, he looked at the Parisian travels of Japanese surrealist artists such as Iwata Nakayama and Kansuke Yamamoto in the 1920s. The result showcases the brands of small French restaurants and Tokyo sushi bars alike, from chairs re-upholstered with antique Persian rugs to glossy custom mirrors bearing kanji for “sashimi” and “liquor.” Chef Yukio Fakaya, most recently in Nare in Midtown, makes seasonal omakase for eight seated in an oak bar crowned with shiny stainless steel. Next to him, two extra chefs bring a spicy cucumber-sesame salad and chotoro with soy-salted egg yolks and fragrant nori rice to the busy downtown crowd. With sunset, brown paper Inverted lamps on the original tin ceiling illuminate the hand-painted mural of an architectural model that wraps around the walls, and draws eyes toward the street, where matcha martini and handmade tuna rolls are dispensed from a side window overlooking the Manhattan Bridge. 105 Canal Street, timeoncanal.com.

The blueprint for a flirty Holly Bowden project often begins with a single theatrical piece. A newly completed apartment in Notting Hill in West London is entirely inspired, for example, by an 18th century pale pink marble fireplace that originates from Belgium. Says the 38-year-old interior designer, who has decorated homes for singer FKA Twigs and shop for luxury British brand Tanner Krolle. But after 20 years she’s spent collecting the kinds of unique, memorable things that might just be a thing for clients, friends, or herself (she’s renovating her family’s home in Finsbury Park in North London), she’s running out of space; Hence the opening of the gallery, a date-only shop next to her studio in Shoreditch. On display there are design classics, such as the ’70s steel and leather chaise longue by Vittorio Entroini for Saporiti and the inviting De Sede DS600 curvy sofa, along with even more mysterious treasures, including a Mexico City porcelain walrus. Then there’s the solid “Ebb” bedside table — Bowden’s first homeware design project and collaboration with her partner, Byron Pritchard, a furniture designer who handcrafts tables from walnut in his studio on nearby Broadway Market. What will you not find? Anything Instagram is famous for. As Bowden said, “I’ve always wanted it to be a subtle show—a piece that says, ‘If you know, you know. ” E-mail [email protected] To make an appointment for an hour.


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