Knife from the Bean flatware collection at Roman and Williams Guild.
Photo: Roman and Williams Guild

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a new flatware collection by Roman and Williams Guild to the stunning Peter Marino-designed spa at the Peninsula London

The mosaic-wrapped pool hall The Peninsula London’s new spa. Photo: The Peninsula London

1. Peter Marino Designs Two-Story Spa at The Peninsula London

After making its grand debut in September, The Peninsula London has just added a lavish spa and wellness center designed by American architect Peter Marino to its lengthy list of high-end amenities. The restorative two-story space—located on the subterranean levels of the 190-key hotel—is centered around an 82-foot-long pool illuminated by a faux skylight that changes brightness throughout the day. Wrapped in glittering nature-inspired mosaics, the hall also boasts a series of built-in cabanas and an underwater speaker system. Among the other spaces are an ice fountain, steam room, and sauna, plus wood-paneled treatment rooms where guests can relax with traditional Ayurvedic therapies, lymphatic massages, and even gold facials. —Geoffrey Montes

Bone flatware from Roman and Williams Guild. Photo: Roman and Williams Guild

2. Roman and Williams Guild Launches Flatware Collection

Design duo Roman and Williams has repeatedly proven their infallible ability to design things that are just so. Whether it’s a dreamy estate hotel like Estelle Manor or a wing at The Met—they always strike the right balance, delivering something that feels all-at-once completely new yet utterly timeless. But of all their successes, their greatest triumph just might be in their unquestionable knack at designing and curating product for Roman and Williams Guild, their design gallery in SoHo. With the release of their Flatware Collection, the power of their aesthetic is on full display. Although inspired by an 18-century English design, the collection is created in Tsubame, Japan, where the metalworking craft has been perfected over centuries dating back to samurai swords of the Edo period. The collection includes two styles of dinner fork, dinner spoon, and knife—all made of stainless steel with a silver coating. These modern heirlooms, known as the pattern names Bean and Bone, are meant to be mixed and matched, and Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch hope to be used for generations to come. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

3. Chateau ZZ’s Opens in Miami

Major Food Group has another hit on its hands with the debut of new Miami dining destination Chateau ZZ’s. Housed in the historic Petit Douy, a former private two-floor estate in Brickell, MFG’s first Mexican restaurant features a solarium, bar, and lounge all designed in exuberant style thanks to a partnership with Ken Fulk. Awash in dappled sunlight, guests can enjoy dishes such as steak al pastor, spicy lobster fideos, and coconut tres leches paired with one of the over 1,000 tequilas and mezcal in the restaurant’s collection. Ascend the château’s grandiose staircase to enjoy the exclusive lounge and terrace reserved for members of ZZ’s Club. —Stefanie Li

Ann Demeulemeester Ono chaise and Frou sofa and ottoman on display at Garde in New York. Photo: Courtesy of Garde

4. Ann Demeulemeester Displays New Furniture Collection at Garde in New York

Since it opened in October, the New York outpost of the Los Angeles design studio Garde has garnered attention for its curated collections of artisan-made goods, including works by local talents Matthew Fisher, Bec Brittain, and Pelle. Most recently, the gallery unveiled an installation of Serax furniture by Belgian fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester, whose penchant for clean lines with edgy details carries over into her creations for the home. An evolution of her tableware designs, which debuted with Serax during Paris Design Week in 2019, the new furniture pieces feature simple, streamline frames with architectural embellishments. (The Ono chair, for instance, features an angled base that sits low to the ground and topped with plush, structured cushions.) The designs are perfect for the minimalist at heart looking for maximalist effect. —Jill Sieracki

Photo: Elizabeth Renstrom

5. Baxter Street Camera Club of NY Hosts Elizabeth Renstrom Exhibition

Running through February 3, a vibrant collection of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Elizabeth Renstrom takes over Baxter Street CCNY. For the show, titled “Yummy,” Renstrom collaborated with designer Elena Foraker and writer Coralie Kraft to craft a ’90s-era fictional teen magazine of the same title, which boasts glossy images and eye-catching headlines created by artificial intelligence. As another part of the exhibition, the multi-disciplined photographer presents a series of works where the magazine is rephotographed and placed in domestic spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms to produce themes of nostalgia and girlhood in juxtaposition with this form of media’s focus on body shape, diet culture, and physical appearance. —Shelby Black

Cover: Knife from the Bean flatware collection at Roman and Williams Guild.
Photo: Roman and Williams Guild


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