Lyon-born Sandra Jollet has long been fascinated by the holistic philosophies related to shiatsu massage, having been exposed to them as a child by her father, an acupuncturist and shiatsu therapist. But it wasn’t until she visited Japan that she decided she would one day open one ryokanher own style spa in France, a vision now a reality with Maison Suisen, located in the heart of Paris’ famous Marais district. From the moment a guest walks in the door, Maison Suisen embodies the concept omotenashi, or the art of hospitality, asks each visitor to choose from organic teas sourced from Japan for them to brew and serve after their treatment. In addition to other offerings, guests can choose between traditional shiatsu, on tatami and futon, or a more modern design with massage tables and aromatherapy. From $130, suisen.fr.
As an art student at the University of Brighton and later the Royal School of Drawing in London, 28-year-old artist Somaya Critchlow noticed the scarcity of depictions of black women in Western art. “I felt isolated, so I thought I would confront myself,” she says of her decision to paint her own body. “As soon as I started drawing myself nude, I started to enjoy myself.” These self-portraits quickly evolved into a broader celebration of Black femininity, one featured in her first monograph, “Somaya Critchlow: The Paintings.” Referring to various influences – Renaissance and rococo portraits, the surrealism of Leonor Fini and David Lynch and the unrepentant flesh of pop stars like Cardi B and Nicki Minaj – Critchlow describes curvaceous women, often undressed in various states, living in an indistinct zone between sexual objects and cheerful independent subjects. $40, artbook.com.
Pieces have a sense of place
Items handcrafted by international artisans are the raison d’être of En Place, a new digital boutique for home decor that is the brainchild of Alexis Kanter, a creative consultant and former market editor at Vanity Fair. From Spanish creator Marta Bonilla’s funky raffia and clay table lamp to Guatemala-based boutique Meso Goods’ graphic black and white chair upholstered in natural wool, curated selections are presented against a plush editorial backdrop that includes producer stories and city guides, adding context and story to each piece. “I wanted to create a marketplace where you can shop online, but also in an experiential way, not the traditional brick and mortar,” says Kanter. Later this year, En Place will also partner with a number of hotels (including the Hôtel le Sud in Antibes, France, and Lisbon’s Santa Clara 1728), allowing guests to shop for their items at the touch of a button. “I like to think of it as a re-imagining of the hotel gift shop,” she says, “making it seamless to bring home something meaningful that really tells the story.” story of a place”. From $24, en-place.co.
Perfume Inspired by Korean Culture
While shopping at a beauty shop in Seoul a few years ago, couple Su min Park and Wonny Lee realized that even though the shelves were filled with Korean products, the perfume section was filled with branded labels. familiar Western brand. And so Park, a photographer and art director, and Lee, a marketing director, living in New York City, decided to found Elorea, a modern fragrance brand inspired by history and culture. rich culture of Korea. “We were at a point where we wanted to get closer to our roots and culture,” says Lee. A combination of “element” and “Korea”, Elorea launches with four distinctive scents named after the four trigrams that adorn the Korean flag: Heaven, Earth, Water and Fire. After extensive research, the couple sourced ingredients from various regions of Korea, such as citrus from Jeju, which they mixed with camellia and nutmeg to create the warm aroma of amber. and leather in Fire. From $170, elorea.com.
Like many of us, Brooklyn-based artist Elliott Puckette has gone through the pandemic to take solace in what she can control while making peace with what she cannot. Her ninth solo exhibition with the Kasmin Gallery in New York, which will also publish her first major monograph later this year, showcases the expansive yet precise line paintings characteristic of her. her with her first foray into sculpture, a medium she had long wanted to explore. Initial efforts with plaster of Paris, wire, paper and clay failed to overcome focus. “It was an absolute disaster,” Puckette said. “Then I realized that it was not something I could do alone; I need to hand it over. Cast in bronze by the Art Workshop in Kingston, NY, the two sculptures in the exhibition, “Random Walk” and “Pivot”, represent the natural progression of a lifelong commitment to a career. Puckette’s approach to the line by presenting it in three-dimensional space.What once meandered within the confines of the canvas is now freely broken. “Elliott Puckette” to be viewed at the Kasmin Gallery from January 13 to February 26, kasmingallery.com.
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