55 rue de Babylone, Paris as featured in Yves Saint Laurent at Home (Assouline).
Photo: Marianne Haas

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From Fendi’s collaboration with Tiffany & Co. to a new Assouline book that explores the exquisite spaces created by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé

David Hockney Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) Photo: Courtesy of Lightroom

1. David Hockney’s Most Famous Works Come to Life at the Lightroom in London

Recent years have seen an explosion of immersive art shows transforming some of the world’s best-loved masterpieces by the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, and Frida Kahlo into whole-body, interactive experiences. Next month, David Hockney’s most iconic works are getting the same treatment at the Lightroom in London. Titled “Bigger & Closer (not smaller and further away),” the exhibition takes viewers on a journey through 60 years of his career. Using a state-of-the-art sound system and large-scale digital walls, the exhibition features a cycle of six themed chapters accompanied by a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and commentary by Hockney himself. Highlights include how he “draws” with a camera, creates polaroid collages, and sketches the arrival of spring on his iPad. “The world is very very beautiful if you look at it, but most people don’t look very much,” his voice echoes with intensity through the space. “They scan the ground in front of them so they can walk, they don’t really look at things incredibly well, with an intensity. I do.” The installation opens February 22. —Lucy Rees

Ikoyi in London. Photo: Irina Boersma

2. Ikoyi at 180 The Strand Opens in London

Michelin-starred hot spot Ikoyi recently debuted a sleek new home in London’s St. James’s neighborhood conceived by David Thulstrup, the Danish architect and designer who crafted world-famous restaurant Noma. With a global menu influenced by the British “micro-seasonality” and the flavors of West African cuisine, the minimalist restaurant occupies a space within a reimagined Brutalist landmark called 180 The Strand, a creative hub that combines art, food, culture, and retail experiences. Sheathed in a moody mix of copper, leather, and oak, the new location—which includes a larger dining area, private room, outdoor terrace, and open kitchen—gives cofounders Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale even more room to expand their repertoire of delicious, inventive dishes. —Geoffrey Montes

Tiffany & Co. bag x Fendi in Tiffany Blue™ leather. Photo: Tiffany & Co x FENDI

3. Tiffany & Co. Reimagines the Classic Fendi Baguette Bag

Silver, gold, diamonds, and Tiffany Blue grace the classic Fendi handbag silhouettes in the new ‘Fendi at Tiffany’s’ collaboration. The first partnership Fendi has made outside of Italy, its partnership with Tiffany & Co. brings a glamorous new spin to the Baguette Bag, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Sporting a white gold, diamond-encrusted buckle that incorporates both the T and the F emblems, the bag is the perfect pairing of the two iconic brands. One bag in the collection is crafted entirely of sterling silver engraved with lilies and roses, taking over four months for Tiffany artisans to create. —Stefanie Li

The Snow Lodge, located inside the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Photo: Courtesy of The Snow Lodge

The Snow Lodge, located inside the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Photo: Courtesy of The Snow Lodge

4. The Snow Lodge Opens Inside the St. Regis Aspen Resort

The glitterati who flock to the Montauk hotspot the Surf Lodge during the summer months now have a winter destination in Aspen. Working with Bluarch’s Antonio Di Oronzo, hotelier Jayma Cardoso has introduced the Snow Lodge, a sexy après-ski lounge inside the chic St. Regis Aspen Resort that’s punctuated with distinguished artworks by Alex Katz, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Jim Dine, and more, sourced in collaboration with Gagosian, Opera Gallery, and local firm Casterline|Goodman Gallery. Inside the Blue Room, guests can settle into velvet TOV furnishings and enjoy caviar and Nicolas Feuillatte champagne or order heartier Tuscan-inspired meals like a dry-aged bistecca or spinach-dough lasagna in the sumptuous supper club. Just like its East Coast counterpart, the Snow Lodge will host a series a concert series which this season will include performances by Diplo and Bob Moses. —Jill Sieracki

Villa Oasis, Marrakech, Morocco. The fireplace in the living room is decorated with necklaces of coral, amber and jade from the southern Sahara. Photo: Marianne Haas

Assouline's recent title Photo: Courtesy of Assouline

5. New Book Steps Inside Exquisite Spaces By Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé

Responsible for crafting some of the most remarkable interiors and gardens across the globe, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé have cemented their titles as two of the most esteemed tastemakers in the design world. Now, readers are given the opportunity to step inside these spaces themselves, courtesy of Assouline‘s recent title Yves Saint Laurent at Home. Featuring words by esteemed designer and close collaborator Jacques Grange, as well as photography by Marianne Haas, the book’s 240 pages are filled with the couple’s most enchanting spaces. Among the highlights include the Villa Oasis in Marrakech, Morocco; Château Gabriel in Deauville, France; 55 rue de Babylone in Paris. — Shelby Black

Cover: 55 rue de Babylone, Paris as featured in Yves Saint Laurent at Home (Assouline).
Photo: Marianne Haas


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