The T Record: 5 Issues We Advocate This Week
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A bohemian hotel opens in Baja, Mexico
Todos Santos on the southwestern coast of Baja California in Mexico sounds like one of those bohemian fairy tale towns: The home of local farmers and California expats who came to surf, is at the crossroads of desert, ocean and mountains. When Mexico City-based business partners Pablo Carmona and Josh Kremer decided to build a hotel there – Paradero Todos Santos, due to open in January – they were determined to create something that would exist in harmony with community and nature Beauty. After looking at over 100 different properties, they landed on almost five and a half hectares of land between two peaks, on which they – with the help of the Mexican-Swiss architecture firm Yektajo & Valdez – built a low piece of land. spun, minimalist accommodation made of beige concrete with tornillo wood accents. The 35 bedrooms have white cedar furniture and blue and green textiles woven by artisans in Oaxaca, plus indoor and outdoor rainfall showers and, in some cases, hammocks. At the edge of the property there is a crescent-shaped pool area overlooking a cactus forest. The hotel restaurant, which is partly based on ingredients from its own organic garden, offers Zarandeado fish every evening, beaten and grilled over the traditional Oaxacan stove in the kitchen and served with pinto beans and hand-pressed tortillas; or fresh shellfish (chocolate clams, kumai oysters), served over ice with homemade habanero sauce. You can also go on your own fishing expedition (Jesús Parrilla, the former CEO of the adventure travel company Explora, advises on the project) or take a food tour, yoga on paddle boards, a hike through sand dunes or, of course, a surfing lesson. Rooms from $ 550, paraderohotels.com.
Designer strawberries delivered to your home
Recently, a slim plastic bowl of Japanese strawberries, also known as omakase berries, arrived at my door. I could smell them first. They were firm and big, with tiny seeds, and every bite I took was packaged in a candle-like taste that was sweet and fruity at the same time, leaving only the slightest bit of tartness on my tongue. Oishii’s omakase berries are originally from Japan and are a novelty in America. They are now grown in vertical indoor farms in New Jersey – in cool temperatures that are said to mimic the climate of the Japanese Alps – and are not only available to chefs in the area (restaurants in Manhattan like Atomix and Sushi Ginza Onodera offer the berry on theirs Menus), but also for amateur berry lovers. They’re certainly more delicious than what I usually pick up at the supermarket around the corner, and it’s an undeniable pleasure to carefully eat near-perfect fruit (I remember Louis XIV’s great love for orange trees). For those of us looking to crouch down for a long, isolated winter, these berries may be just what you need to brighten not only your taste buds but your day as well. Available for delivery in select New York regions for $ 50; oishiiberry.com.
Artist records for the benefit of the homeless
When the pandemic hit, causing a wave of job losses and displacement, the Coalition for the Homeless was forced to serve around 400 more free meals a night to needy New Yorkers, according to the organization’s executive director, David Giffen. At the same time, the nonprofit was unable to hold its annual gala and art auction due to social distancing guidelines. But the crisis is generating creativity, and the coalition has found another way to raise money for its cause. This week, in collaboration with 50 contemporary artists, a series of limited edition porcelain plates are released for sale online. Contributors include Jenny Holzer, Maurizio Cattelan, Carmen Herrera, Ed Ruscha and Rashid Johnson. Johnson, who documented homeless black men in his 1999 photo series “Seeing in the Dark,” said he felt the urgency to respond to the crisis. And as Giffen says: “What better symbol is there to serve, to nourish, to help than a plate?” In fact, each sale will allow the coalition to feed exactly 75 people. $ 175 each; The Coalition for the Artist Record Project for the Homeless is on sale until December 15th. koalitionforthehomeless.org.
Three colorful men’s sweaters for autumn
For as long as I can remember, I’ve marked the beginning of autumn by looking for the perfect sweater. And while I invariably have a pretty dark blue, gray, or black V-neck, this year I was determined to break out of my comfort zone and add some color and pattern to my wardrobe. I especially noticed three brands because of their more personal knitwear. Leret Leret was founded last year by siblings Edouard and Andrea Leret who focus on a single style: a classic crew neck made of Mongolian cashmere. A few times a year they bring out limited edition capsules that decorate the garment in different colors or with different graphics. Meanwhile, Priya Ahluwalia launched her men’s fashion brand of the same name in 2018. Borrowing design elements from her Indian-Nigerian heritage, she uses vintage and dead stock clothing, as well as her signature patchwork technique, to create new color celebrations, as evidenced by her vibrant knitwear. Finally, Joost Jansen, founder of Dutch brand Survival of the Fashionest, wants to preserve traditional craftsmanship by working with European knitters to create quirky handcrafted pieces from 100 percent Irish Donegal wool that take around three weeks to make. Who says we need to keep warm?
Iconic Midcentury Design Objects, manufactured by Berluti
Kris Van Assche, creative director of the Parisian luxury brand for men’s fashion Berluti, believes that handicrafts have only become more relevant despite their current digitality, not least because they naturally require a human touch. His latest project – and the brand’s first foray into the homeware industry after a collection of restored Pierre Jeanneret furniture it brought out last year in collaboration with art dealer François Laffanour – puts the craft at the center. This new collection is intended as a selection of the essential items for the home and office and consists of reinterpreted editions of well-known pieces designed by some of Europe’s most prestigious manufacturers over the past 70 years and now embellished with Berluti’s trademark Venezia leather. These include an elegant magazine rack with a brass cast frame by the Austrian modernist Carl Auböck II and three bowls by the Italian postmodernist architect-designer couple Afra and Tobia Scarpa, as well as the silversmiths in San Lorenzo, the shapes of which you will remember from slightly crumpled leaves. Van Assche also commissioned entirely new pieces, including a set of five sculptural vases made from Cuir Bouilli (boiled leather) by London designer Simon Hasan. The skillful leatherwork that unites the pieces is colored using Berluti’s traditional (and closely guarded) patination technique, but less traditionally in a range of sparkling jewel tones, from emerald green to amethyst purple to ruby red. “The thing about the craft is that it can easily get a bit old-fashioned,” says Van Assche. “This collection is about respecting heritage and at the same time steering it in new directions.” berluti.com.