Céleste at the Cheval Blanc Paris.
Photo: vincent leroux

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a winter rooftop bar experience at the Cheval Blanc Paris to Louis Vuitton’s new wardrobe trunk in collaboration with Carlos Alcaraz

Céleste at the Cheval Blanc Paris. Photo: vincent leroux

1. Cheval Blanc Paris Unveils Winter Rooftop Experience Called Céleste

After sizzling in the heat of summer, rooftop bars typically disappear by the time winter rears its head. But there’s nothing typical about Cheval Blanc Paris, which has unveiled a romantic glass-roofed lounge on its top floor that provides a cozy and discreet ambiance in the liminal space where the city meets the sky. Featuring panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower, Céleste, as it’s known, offers a menu studded with delectable creations by chef Takuya Watanabe as well as an array of rare spirits curated by the luxury hotel’s sommeliers. Stop by the 30-seat spot—enclosed partially by a whimsical glass bubble—through the end of March for a chance to dine and drink under the stars. —Geoffrey Montes

Dior and Otani Workshop collaboration. Photo: Courtesy of Dior

2. Dior Teams up with Japanese Artist Otani on Capsule Menswear Collection

Dior creative director of homme Kim Jones has teamed up with trailblazing Japanese artist Otani to create a new capsule menswear collection. The line marks Jones’s first new collaboration with a contemporary artist since 2021. Represented by Perrotin, Otani creates ceramic and bronze figures—some of them larger than life—as well as functional vessels and folklike paintings. He creates his dazzling works from a studio on the island of Awaji in a cavernous former tile works with breathtaking views of the expansive sea. Launched on January 4, the 24-piece Dior and Otani Workshop Collection includes clothing and accessories with his signature characters, including a sweaters with a small green monster known as Tanilla. —Lucy Rees

Ai Weiwei Zodiac Charms necklace art edition from Taschen. Photo: Courtesy of Taschen

Ai Weiwei Zodiac charm Dragon from Taschen Photo: Courtesy of Taschen

3. Ai Weiwei and Taschen Release Limited-Edition Zodiac Charms

Artist Ai Weiwei’s sculpture Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads has travelled the globe since making its 2010 debut at the São Paulo Biennial, appearing everywhere from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton. Now, the famed artist is continuing to build on the work, releasing a Zodiac graphic memoir as well as an unprecedented array of fine-jewelry with Taschen. Limited to just 99 examples of each of the 12 animals, the medallions are hand-cast in the purest gold available and signed by the artist, then presented on a red silk string. For the truly discerning collector, Ai has also created a necklace of all 12 symbols, limited to just 48 examples. It’s the ultimate way to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which occurs on February 10 and marks the Year of the Dragon. —Jill Sieracki

Carlos Alcaraz with Louis Vuitton Malle Vestiaire. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

4. Louis Vuitton Debuts Wardrobe Trunk Created with Tennis Star Carlos Alcaraz

With a history of 170 years of trunk-making, Louis Vuitton has outdone itself with the newly launched Malle Vestiaire trunk, made in collaboration with tennis champion Carlos Alcaraz. The bespoke wooden piece, finished with the classic LV monogram canvas and brass clasps, houses Alcaraz’s tennis memorabilia and personal Louis Vuitton accessories. A pair of LV x Nike AF1s, the shirt he wore to the Wimbledon championship in 2023, and his Babolat racket can be found inside the trunk’s quilted beige microfiber interior. Best of all, you don’t need to win a grand slam to get this handsome piece: The same Malle Vestiaire is available and made-to-order with the option to add personalized touches. —Stefanie Li

The Malin Wedgewood Houston in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Courtesy The Malin

5. The Malin Expands to Nashville with Largest Location to Date

Following a slew of successful openings in New York, design-forward coworking space The Malin has officially found a new home in the Music City. Located in the Nashville Warehouse Co. development in the Tennessee capital’s buzzy Wedgewood Houston neighborhood, the anticipated opening marks the brand’s largest space to date and boasts an array of tasteful interiors and carefully curated art collection. Designed by Ciaran McGuigan (The Malin’s CEO and creative director of Orior Furniture), the stylish outpost allows members to relax on furnishings upholstered in supple leather and soft velvet while choosing one of the 16,000-square-foot location’s nearly 50 dedicated desks, seven private offices, five meeting rooms, or two libraries. In addition to bold patterns, a collection of Schumacher wallpaper, wood and glass accents, and tile backdrops are sure to bring inspiration to your average nine to five. — Shelby Black

Cover: Céleste at the Cheval Blanc Paris.
Photo: vincent leroux


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