The Manchester Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky.
Photo: Matt Kisiday

The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From Kelly Wearstler’s debut collection of tableware for Serax to a chic new hotel in the Bourbon capital of the world

Dune tableware by Kelly Wearstler for Serax. Photo: The Ingalls

Zuma tableware by Kelly Wearstler for Serax. Photo: The Ingalls

1. Kelly Wearstler Debuts First Collection of Tableware with Serax

The phrase “quiet luxury” has been on everyone’s lips this year, and perhaps no new collection encapsulates that ethos better than design extraordinaire Kelly Wearstler’s debut array of tableware, out now from Serax. The two distinct styles embrace a warm, natural palette and approachable materials to dynamic effect: Zuma draws influence from modern geometry, introducing porcelain plates and serving pieces with an exaggerated grid pattern rendered with hand-painted qualities. The complementary glassware has a similarly structured shape but with a wash of ombre hues. Meanwhile, Dune takes a more earthy expression, with ridged ceramic pieces, available in both matte and high-gloss finishes, and stone servingware that nods to classical pottery. Additional wooden elements, minimalistic cutlery, and willowy glassware round out this grouping from a visionary talent whose unique creations elevate the way we decorate, design and now, entertain. —Jill Sieracki

Gone (2022) by Carolyn Salas Photo: Courtesy of the Hole

2. NADA House Presents Its Fifth Edition

Transforming New York City’s Governors Island into an art destination, the New Art Dealer Alliance opens its fifth edition of NADA House this Friday. The inspiring public exhibition program will take place in a new location, a 19th-century former military residence in Nolan Park. Twenty-six galleries and art spaces from the United States and Canada, including The Hole, Oolong Gallery, and Arsenal Contemporary Art, will exhibit emerging artists ranging all mediums. Hop on the ferry, explore the historic island, and discover new trending talents before NADA House closes on October 1. — Stefanie Li

The Met x Ladurée limited-edition box set. Photo: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

3. Ladurée Launches Limited-Edition Box Set with The Met

One of the most recognizable brands when it comes to satisfying one’s sweet tooth, French bakery Ladurée has launched a limited-edition box set that brings an artistic flair to its legendary macarons. Made in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the bakery drew inspiration from Vincent van Gogh’s 1890 work Roses found in The Met’s collection, which is one of four Spring bouquet still lifes made by the artist before his departing the asylum in Saint-Rémy. Featuring a collection of cream-colored roses atop a dreamy green backdrop, the inside holds a selection of six pistachio, almond, and rose-flavored macarons. Find it at any Ladurée location as well as The Met Store. —Shelby Black

Dished served at l'abeille à côté. Photo: Liz Clayman

4. New TriBeCa Restaurant Melds the Flavors of France and Japan

The winning team behind TriBeCa foodie meccas l’abeille and Sushi Ichimura have done it again with the opening of l’abeille à côté. This little sister to the Michelin-starred original offers a more casual take on Mitsunobu Nagae’s inventive French-Japanese cuisine. The 20-seat newcomer may be slightly less buttoned-up than the original, but its interiors are just as elegant and feature plenty of velvet and brass as well as a gleaming open kitchen. The menu includes classic dishes everyone loves but always with a playful twist. There’s the Iberico jamon serrano with grilled eggplant ice cream, Wagyu teriyaki burger, and soufflé cheesecake with homemade jam. The early frontrunner for must-order dish is certainly Kyung’s Fried Chicken, an ode to l’abeille’s sous chef Kyung Lee, and it’s hard to imagine a dish more beautifully charming than the sea bass in a crispy taiyaki shell. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

David Webb, Chrysanthemum Brooch, 1966. Floral and carved coral, emerald beads, diamonds, and gold Photo: © Ilan Rubin

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Chrysanthemums and Horse Fly, c. 1833-34. Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art. Bequest of Richard P. Gale (74.1.210)

5. Rizzoli Releases Book Celebrating David Webb’s Dedication to Artistry

Art has always been of a key source of inspiration for the legendary American jeweler David Webb, whose brand has been creating striking wearable masterpieces for more than seven decades. That rich influence now comes together in a stunning new book published by Rizzoli. Written by Ruth Peltason, the handsome tome features more than 120 new images, with some of Webb’s standout creations paired with work by artists, architects, and couturiers in a vibrant visual dialogue. Highlights include David Webb’s enameled and diamond Mondrian Bracelet, which was a tribute to Piet Mondrian’s iconic painting Broadway Boogie Woogie. Another is a Chrysanthemum Brooch from 1966, crafted with floral and carved coral, emerald beads, and diamonds paired with Katsushika Hokusai’s Chrysanthemums and Horse Fly woodblock print from c.1833-34. —Lucy Rees

The Manchester Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo: Matt Kisiday

6. Designer Jenny Bukovec Crafts Sleek and Soulful Hotel in the Heart of Bourbon Country

After 18 months of construction, the first high-end hotel in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon country has opened its doors, fittingly located on a site of the first registered Bourbon distillery in Lexington, a city famed for its horse farms and thoroughbred racetracks. Dubbed the Manchester, the 125-key property is housed in a new seven-story brick structure meant to assimilate with its Distillery District neighbors. Borrowing from the region’s cultural touchstones, designer Jenny Bukovec imbued the interiors with rich hues, sleek patterns, and luscious textiles, especially evident in the main restaurant, Granddam, which pays homage to horse stables with walnut wainscoting, evocative artworks, and an earthy palette. For a little Art Deco glam, stop by the rooftop to check out The Lost Palm, a tropical-inspired bar and lounge that takes retro design cues from 1960s South Florida. —Geoffrey Montes

Cover: The Manchester Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky.
Photo: Matt Kisiday


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