The private dining room at the Madrona in Sonoma, California.
Photo: Matthew Millman

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a beautiful new boutique hotel in Sonoma to the dazzling space that Andre Mellone crafted for jeweler Fernando Jorge

The Madrona’s dining room with an Lumifer Lighting chandelier, custom carpet drawn by artist Kelly Ventura, and photographs from Beth Moon’s Literary Chickens series. Photo: Matthew Millman

The Madrona’s front entrance with a hand-painted ceiling by Willem Racke and original art commissioned by Dolby Chadwick for the hotel. Photo: Matthew Millman

1. Designer Jay Jeffers Opens a Boutique Hotel in Sonoma County

San Francisco designer Jay Jeffers creates exuberant interiors revered for their livable luxury and frequently lends his sartorial style to popular brands like Arteriors and Access by Accurate. Now, he’s developed his first hospitality project, a boutique hotel called the Madrona in California wine country. Originally built in 1881, the 24-room estate is set on eight bucolic acres. Jeffers kept 250 pieces original to the home—including more than 30 from the “grande dame’s” first owners—then mixed in custom furnishings, artist-designed rugs, and a thoughtful curation of art, including commissions by Dolby Chadwick Gallery’s roster of talents. Having earned the previous hotel a Michelin-star 13 years in a row, chef Jesse Mallgren once again helms the property’s kitchen, serving decadent dishes from the reimagined menu that features ingredients from the on-site garden and nearby farms. “The Madrona goes beyond a traditional luxury wine country hotel, delivering memorable moments of bold design, highly-intuitive service, and an overall sense of magic around every corner,” says Jeffers.—Jill Sieracki

Autumn, Lumberville, c. mid-1920s by Fern Isabel Coppedge Photo: Courtesy of Avery Galleries

“Lotus” Table Lamp (1906) by Tiffany Studios Photo: Courtesy of Lillian Nassau

2. The Philadelphia Show Celebrates 60 Years

Celebrating its 60th year, the Philadelphia Show returns this weekend to the City of Brotherly Love after two years of being virtual, finding a new home at the Philadelphia Museum of Art‘s East Terrace. Highlighting 40 exhibitors with a focus on Americana, the antiques, fine art, jewelry, and decorative arts on view will span from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Top antique dealers such as Olde Hope, Lillian Nassau, and Jeffrey Tillou Antiques will return this year, some of which have been exhibiting at the fair since as early as 1969. Proceeds of the Philadelphia Show benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Division of Digital Resources and Content Strategy and will be open from April 29 to May 1. ⁠—Stefanie Li

3. Andre Mellone Designs New Space for Jeweler Fernando Jorge at Bergdorf Goodman 

To mark the 10th anniversary of his collection, Brazilian born, London-based jeweler Fernando Jorge has taken over a significant space in Bergdorf Goodman’s jewelry salon through the end of June. Collaborating with interior designer Andre Mellone, a fellow Brazilian, to transform the space, the design focuses on the natural elements that inspire them both. Here, visitors will find a selection of Fernando’s work created over the last ten years, including some of his most iconic jewels.—Lucy Rees

Chanel seasonal boutique in Saint-Tropez Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

4. Chanel’s Seasonal Boutique Returns to Saint-Tropez’s La Mistralée Mansion

In celebration of warmer days ahead, Chanel’s seasonal boutique has opened yet again along the French Riviera. This intimate shopping experience not only features a variety of the luxury brand’s most admired collections, which includes clothing, fragrances, and accessories, but also well thought out design inspired by the commune’s beachy atmosphere. Inside, visitors are able to walk from room to room adorned with beige and blush walls equipped with plush furniture, while outside they’ll take in poolside views on the picturesque terrace and relax on the selection of white linen deck chairs. Open until the end of September, this private oasis is the perfect opportunity to get inspired for summer. —Shelby Black

Randy Polumbo's Magna Miracula will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum through May 1. Photo: Martin Murphy

5. Randy Polumbo’s Special Installation at the Brooklyn Museum

This Friday (May 1) is the last day to view Randy Polumbo’s Magna Miracula: A Viral Ganoderma Galaxy at the Brooklyn Museum. A trippy scene featuring sparkling disco clouds and undulating silver steps, the immersive installation was created to celebrate the institution’s Brooklyn Arts Ball on April 12. (The event raised a record $2.4 million for the museum and honored Maria Grazia Chiuri, Saundra Williams-Cornwell, and W. Don Cornwell.) Numerous guests at the soiree could be seen getting their photo taken at the Insta-worthy backdrop. Polumbo’s work can also be seen right now in the U.K., at the famed Chatsworth House, in the outdoor exhibition “Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth,” which is running through October.—Geoffrey Montes

Cover: The private dining room at the Madrona in Sonoma, California.
Photo: Matthew Millman


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