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Recipes from the Italian countryside
It was nostalgia for her mother’s kitchen and memories of her parents’ boisterous dinner parties that prompted British-born artist and chef Amber Guinness, who grew up on a remote 18th-century farm near Siena, Italy to start the Arniano painting school family estate with her friend, the British artist William Roper-Curzon. While Roper-Curzon teaches landscape painting to artists of all skill levels, Guinness happily provides students with fresh, flavorful versions of the dishes she first learned to cook from her mother, which she often serves al fresco in the estate’s gardens. Consolidated in Guinness’ first cookbook, A House Party in Tuscany, out this week in the US, these recipes feature hearty home cooking — like artichoke béchamel pie and spinach ricotta malfatti — that her guests are craving. your sister too. “Claudia always asks me for Mom’s recipes,” Guinness says with a laugh, “so now I can just tell her to look in the book.”
“I don’t like big floral arrangements,” proclaims artist Abbie Zabar. “I love drawing simple flowers that aren’t pompous, which you pick up at the local bodega and toss in an empty pickle jar.” Her colored pencil drawings of this type of flora, Daffodils, hyacinths and hyacinths housed in jars, cheap vases or, in one case, a broken milk jug are on display in Bodega Bouquets, an exhibition at Eerdmans Gallery in New York. Those familiar with Zabar’s work (aside from that in the culinary field — she co-founded EAT, the venerable gourmet shop and cafe, with her ex-husband Eli Zabar) might be surprised as to her past passion for flowers: everyone For a decade beginning in 1995, she drew the decidedly non-simple bouquets of flowers that greet visitors in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When asked to name a favorite image from the show, Zabar, who is also an avid gardener, disagrees. “No favourites,” she says. “Though I like the grassy looking ones.” “Bodega Bouquets” runs until May 26th.
Pear Shaped Gemstone Jewelry
New York-based jewelry brand Foundrae, founded in 2015 by husband and wife team Beth and Murat Bugdaycay, has garnered a cult following among men and women alike with its variety of vintage-inspired 18k gold chains, pendants and lockets (as well as for his colorful enamel pieces and cigar-strap-style rings). Customizable details – an initial here, an engraving there – make these objects a very personal, modern heirloom for the ages. Until now, Foundrae had avoided using larger gems, instead incorporating a small diamond or two for subtle sparkle. But starting this month, the line features pear-shaped diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, each in a polished gold setting with diamonds, alongside a new collection of lockets depicting the state of reverie. “I thought about love and how there’s no such thing as a perfect couple,” Beth says, explaining how difficult it can be to match two pear-cut stones, which is an apt metaphor for finding true love is. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, some of us – many of Foundrae’s customers shop for ourselves these days – might want to put together a diamond and sapphire in homage to one of life’s most enduring bonds.
Vibrant prints by Dries Van Noten
Since the 1980s, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has worked closely with various Indian weavers and textile artisans, and during his visits to the country he has twice witnessed the aftermath of Holi, the Hindu spring festival, when streets, walls, buildings and even pigeons are strewn with diffuse Covered in neon pigments. It was those wild color scenes – fuchsia with green, coral with light blue – and a desire to support its Indian partners after their stores were hit by the country’s Covid-19 spike last year that attracted the designer, a veteran colourist, prompted to create a new prêt-à-porter collection. Her hand-woven and hand-embroidered fabrics appear on kaftans sprinkled with summer flowers, malachite green silk trousers and a silk ikat suit in delphinium violet, all available exclusively at Mytheresa – sure to delight a glam mum.
In 2019, Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern — the married co-founders of Co, the womenswear line known for effortless separates and voluminous silhouettes — launched Galerie Co, an online platform offering vintage home accents. This month they’re adding their first original pieces: ceramic vessels created in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Victoria Morris. “Everything we sell on the site is pretty rare and unique,” says Kern. “It was exciting to find a contemporary carrying on that tradition with California ceramics.” The work was inspired by Co’s showroom in the Hollywood Hills, the remarkable Hendershot House designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra in 1962, which Morris called ” a truly controlled space surrounded by this wild nature”; The variegated green tones of a volcanic glazed vase evoke the lush foliage in Co’s backyard. As display-worthy as the pottery is, Morris insists it is made for use. “I envision her at a dinner party or a family reunion,” she says, “and hopefully it’ll be passed on to the next generation.”
Block printed table linen
After leaving the city for a quieter life on a farm in England with her family over a decade ago, author and former fashion director of Barneys New York, Amanda Cutter Brooks, couldn’t help but start a business of the same name in the world of retail return to the cotswolds. The shop stocks a selection of attractive homeware from around the world, all of which make lovely gifts: hand-blown glass mugs in shades of olive or amber, Indian cotton nightgowns and ceramic serving platters from Hungary. A sweet choice for a mum might be Cutter Brooks’ exclusive table linens from Stamperia Bertozzi, a centuries-old family business in Emilia-Romagna that crafts its wares the old-fashioned way – made to order and block-printed by hand using vegetable dyes passed down over three generations recipes. The tablecloths of tiny strawberries and twisting roses are cute, but we particularly like Bertozzi’s print of oversized peach peonies on a hatched background. The napkins look like they’re from Nonna’s closet and are perfect for a summer table.
Sporty summer shoes
The concept for Teva, the brand of performance athletic sandals with rubber bases and Velcro closures, came to Grand Canyon river guide Mark Thatcher in the early 1980’s while struggling to find footwear suitable for water activities. While outdoor types like my camping-obsessed mother have been wearing them ever since, the highly practical style has been popping up on the catwalks in recent years: the Hermès Spring/Summer 2022 version is a lightweight flatform enhanced by the signature hardware of the Luxury brand is grounded, while The Row has launched a sandal with a molded leather footbed and foam midsole as part of its Pre-Fall 2022 collection. Japanese label Suicoke has won fans for its performance sandals, particularly through its fast-selling collaborations with brands like Bape and Doublet, the most recent of which featured animal-print straps. An iteration by the New York label Loeffler Randall is particularly playful and is jazzed up with a pretty raffia bow.