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A historic hotel in Northern California receives an update
Thatcher Hotel, an 18-room Victorian building in Hopland, California, was, at the end of the 19th century, perhaps best known as the establishment where men brought their lovers. But these days, you are more likely to find visitors of the week who download their Subarus to register one or two nights on the way to the Mendocino coast. Making the trip to Hopland is worth staying at Thatcher, which recently emerged from extensive renovation. The rooms range from studios with bunk beds to spacious suites with living rooms, and the decoration is a pastiche of designs inspired by pioneers: at the entrance, Urban Electric accessories hang over the original oak bar; the library shelves, partly curated by Berkeley’s beloved store, Moe’s Books, are full of volumes related to Northern California; Bay Area furniture designer Alexis Moran equipped the lobby with corners to meet oat milk lattes (in Heath Ceramics cups). When summer arrives, the backyard will be equally attractive with a new bocce court and three cabins available by reservation. thatcherhotel.com.
Oversized sunglasses of a pillar of glasses
I never feel more glamorous than when I have a pair of big sunglasses on my nose. Evoking that sophisticated feeling is the core of the namesake brand of glasses founded by Linda Farrow, who pioneered the concept of sunglasses as a fashion statement. The spring 2020 collection of the British brand also marks its 50th anniversary, for which the creative director, Simon Jablon, son of Farrow, paid tribute to the London of the 1970s. “I love that kind of creative energy of disco party,” he told me. To channel that spirit, Jablon designed 37 new picture styles, such as the Amber, an enlarged version of Linda Farrow’s characteristic square silhouette, and the Dunaway, an exaggerated cat’s eye, all underlined by the maxim that bigger is better . And for the first time, the brand introduced silk scarves with psychedelic prints and thick acetate chains that can be used in circular loops on the temples of the sunglasses. Because what is more glamorous than customizing your accessories? From $ 550, lindafarrow.com.
The Italian director Luca Guadagnino is known for creating lush environments in which films such as “Call Me by Your Name” (2017) are developed. Lately, he has also started designing interiors off the screen. His latest project, the SoHo flagship for Gabriele Moratti’s ethical ethics fashion brand, Redemption, began with a photograph: a 1971 image of Dominique Tarlé of the Rolling Stones resting in the Villa Nellcôte lounge on the Coast Blue. The resulting store, which opened in Wooster Street in October, is “like a French department of Haussmann, where you can breathe some rock ‘n’ roll,” Moratti told me. Guadagnino commissioned Irish artisans to create a floor with chevron design in reclaimed wood from Trentino, Italy, and crowned the entrance with a huge Venini chandelier from the 1950s. Clothes are suspended from subtle shelves and stored in built-in cabinets; Hidden doors give way to changing rooms. Moratti expects the guests to meet, spend time and even make art to create a living room, which has a rich boiserie created by Venetian carpenters. “It’s not just where you’re going to buy something,” he said. redemption.com.
A way to stay warm during the winter months
I have about a dozen spicy sauces in my refrigerator, some to complement the oysters, others for homemade macaroni and cheese, but the truth is that most of them are somewhat massive brands. I have discovered that big names tend to make better and more consistent products than handmade ones. But recently I fell in love with something more specific: the Red Clay hot sauce, created and bottled last year by chef Geoff Rhyne of Charleston, South Carolina. While I tend to prefer condiments that contain a lot of acid and intense heat, the mild ones Red Clay Original Hot Sauce is, instead, an exercise in subtlety, more a whisper of spices than a scream, highlighting the fruit of the Fresno peppers used to make it, as well as the fermented and slightly funky character of the vinegar base and the Bourbon barrels in which it ages. As we enter the colder months, this bottle has become more an ingredient in my kitchen than a direct accompaniment, something I can’t wait to add to chili, curry and other soups and stews throughout the winter. $ 10 redclayhotsauce.com.
The artist Erró, 87, a resident of Paris, born Guomundur Guomundsson in Iceland, is not as popular in the United States as in other places, but the Perrotin gallery in New York has been constantly building his reputation here. The majority associated with the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Erró is known for its intricate collages of found images, coming from commercial advertising and comics, which become wild bursts of consumerist criticism. His work has been compared to the paintings of James Rosenquist, another pop artist who was attracted to the iconography of advertising, as well as the disturbing landscapes of Hieronymus Bosch’s hell. Over the next month, Perrotin will present a retrospective of Erró’s pieces from the 1950s to the present, including a frankly grotesque collage drawn from the generally mundane world of medical diagrams. On the whole (and like much of Erró’s best work), it seems like a kind of mental short circuit, an overload of hollow images that, in isolation, has little value. “Erró” will be on display until February 15, 2020, in Perrotin, 130 Orchard Street, New York, perrotin.com.
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