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A minimalist break in Mexico City
As Roberta Maceda, the Owner and designer In 2018, home and womenswear label Octavia bought a run-down building with her mother in the leafy Condesa district of Mexico City and commissioned architect Pablo Pérez Palacios to transform it into her dream bed. The result is the seven-room Octavia Casa: a modern three-story hideaway whose facade is lined with gold teak panels and steel planters overflowing with native flowering plants like Monstera Deliciosa and Jasmine. The downstairs lobby – a minimalist space with stone floors and textured walls coated with chukum, a traditional Mayan stucco – has an airy seating area with bamboo stools centered around a concrete table by interior design firm Habitación 116. In the adjacent courtyard, in the shade of a guava tree, guests can enjoy a breakfast of ciabatta bread with honey and homemade hibiscus-ginger jam. Each room, some of which have reading nooks and oversized rattan chairs, has Octavia bedding and bathrobes, and off-white for a subtle decorative accent Vases from the Encrudo ceramic studio filled with dried magnolia leaves. But perhaps the most spectacular space of all is the rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy a glass of natural wine as they watch the sun set over the city’s vividly painted houses. Rooms start at $ 145, octaviacasa.mx.
When it comes to great creative partnerships, there is perhaps no better example than Josef and Anni Albers, two artists who met at the Bauhaus School in Germany in 1922. The couple later emigrated to the United States to teach at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, and ended up in New Haven, Connecticut, where Josef was chairman of the design department at Yale University. The two were teachers, colleagues, and friends of a number of prominent 20th century artists, including Ruth Asawa, Buckminster Fuller, Ray Johnson, and Robert Rauschenberg. Now a new monograph, published by Phaidon and written by Nicholas Fox Weber, who heads the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and who met the couple in 1971 at the age of 23, masterfully captures the many sides of the Alberses, including their rigor as an artist (Josef as a painter and designer; Anni as a textile artist and graphic artist), her deep commitment to education and the way their work was interrelated and still very independent. The book weaves works of art throughout Biographies of both artists and portraits of the people around them (the architect Philip Johnson, the painter Jacob Lawrence) as well as vivid anecdotes about the couple’s working relationship. When Josef designed a fruit bowl with ebony balls, a pane of glass and a chrome-plated rim in 1924, Anni commented: “Oh, but think about what happens to blueberries.” (The bowl was more suitable for larger fruits such as apples, oranges or bananas.) And for those of us who can’t afford one Artwork by Albers, the book also serves as a beautiful object. “Anni & Josef Albers: Equal and Unequal”, $ 150, phaidon.com.
Osma, the portable coffee machine
As an avid coffee drinker who has been more interested in the personal brewing experience lately (from pouring over to French press), I was intrigued by Osma, a new portable machine that makes a perfect cup of coffee (or tea) in less than two minutes. The device, which uses biodegradable peels, was conceived by Joey Roth, whose first foray into product design culminated in 2007 with the Sorapot, an adorable, modernist teapot made specifically for loose leaf Infusions. For its more He recently teamed up with college friend Dan Yue and co-founder of Brava Home (maker of a countertop stove that uses visible and infrared light) to design a brewing vessel that emphasizes efficiency and minimalism: “I. . I didn’t want to develop another device that would take up a lot of real estate on someone else’s countertop, ”says Roth. The sleek and compact Osma is hand-assembled in the San Francisco Bay Area and weighs about a pound and a half. And it’s really easy to use: just insert a pod, pour 6 ounces of water into the top container, set the strength you want with the Osma app, press a button and watch a deliciously aromatic cup Coffee or tea is made. (However, the brand currently offers a blend of California’s Chromatic coffee Unstuffed pods are available for those who prefer to use their own.) “Our system extracts coffee that is slightly stronger than a traditionally brewed cup, but gentler and smoother than drawn espresso,” notes Roth. In addition, the Osma can also be used as a phone charger to keep you ready for whatever else the day has in store. $ 185, drinkosma.com.
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The Triumphant Quilts by Rosie Lee Tompkins
Rosie Lee Tompkins’ quilts are layered, textured masterpieces that sing with life. These skilfully designed textiles are made of lively fabrics (velvet, faux fur, cotton and synthetics), which she often cuts from used clothing. They are considered high art. To mark a retrospective of the artist’s work at the Berkeley Art Museum’s Pacific Film Archive (which will be closed due to the pandemic but will offer a virtual tour before it physically reopens this spring and will extend the exhibition to July 18). The Anthony Meier Fine Arts gallery in San Francisco is by appointment Sightseeing of seven of Tompkins’ never-before-seen quilts. Curated by Lawrence Rinder, former director and chief curator of BAMPFA, the exhibition offers a rare glimpse into works that differ from most others in the artist’s oeuvre: Tompkins, who lived and worked in Richmond, California and in 2006 Died at the age of 70. Hundreds of quilting tops were made – the pieces of fabric sewn together that serve as a design layer – but other women were typically hired to complete the actual quilting (sewing the top, straps, and inner batting) together. However, Anthony Meier’s pieces were all stitched by Tompkins himself. Vibrant and colorful, they include patterns that range from a black and white houndstooth to Christmas flowers and flowers a Budweiser print, and in some cases they are embroidered with Bible verses moving awkwardly across their top and back, an artist’s signature. The result is a remarkable dance of text and material – and worth a certificate. “Rosie Lee Tompkins” runs through February 19, 2021 at Anthony Meier Fine Arts. To schedule a viewing, visit anthonymeierfinearts.com.
Known for their colorful attitude Los Angeles-based textile designer Heather Taylor has classically patterned tablecloths, runners, and other decorative items debuted her very first bedroom collection last month – and it turns out she’s getting closer to making a bed just like she puts A table, layered patterns and textures create a sense of playfulness, comfort and warmth. The new line consists of three core elements: a duvet Covers, shams and a robe, all made from 100 percent cotton and available in five of Taylor’s most popular colors – sunflower, bluebell, black and sage ginghams and her goldenrod plaid. The bed linen hand-woven by artisans in Chiapas, Mexico is said to be blended and matched with that of Taylor popular pillows that have been an integral part of the brand since its inception in 2013 (they launched a ruffled version last fall). “These pieces should evoke the feeling of joy that comes with putting a vase of garden roses on the bedside table,” she says. “There’s no reason your bedroom doesn’t feel like a dreamy suite.” From $ 86, heathertaylorhome.com.
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