Sardinia’s legendary Cala di Volpe resort.
Photo: White Box Studio, Courtesy of Smeralda Holding

The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From a new travel tome spotlighting a Sardinian landmark to sculptural candles by Daniel Arsham

Erik Lindström’s new Manhattan gallery. Photo: Brittany Ambridge

Erik Lindström’s new Manhattan gallery. Photo: Brittany Ambridge

1. Erik Lindström Opens Bespoke Rug Gallery in New York

Los Angeles rug designer Erik Lindström has jumped coasts, opening a 4,000-square-foot space in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood. With the same residential-style spirit as his California flagship, this by-appointment location features curated vignettes that showcase his art-inspired floor coverings in a moody, elevated setting, utilizing rich colors and unique pieces of furniture, lighting, and decorative objets to conjure a “Studio 54-meets-Halston” vibe. Crafted in collaboration with Anna Beeber, the showroom boasts dashing examples of collectible design, including sofas by De Sede and Vladimir Kagan, Italian bamboo mirrors, Karl Springer poufs, and a Mastercraft credenza, as well as handblown sconces by Peill & Putzler and artworks by emerging talents such as Ghana-born painter Atsu Numadzi. An alcove outlined with custom millwork and topped with an exquisite Murano chandelier showcases the designer’s material library, offering an inspired workspace for planning bespoke commissions.

“Most of our clientele prefers a less conventional setting when it comes to luxury goods and a space which enhances the product with an experiential and personalized approach,” says Lindström. “I created a gallery that feels more like a luxury home than a carpet showroom. Here, the rugs are still the main event but the inclusion of vintage furniture, lighting, art, and objects compliment them like jewelry, thus enhancing the overall ambiance and the rugs within. This elevates the customer’s experience, and gives them a more immersive setting to shop from.” —Jill Sieracki

Daniel Arsham's latest candle. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Arsham Studio

2. Daniel Arsham Launches a New Eroded Candle

A series of Daniel Arsham’s largest bronze sculptures are currently nestled into the garden landscape at the U.K.’s Yorkshire Sculpture Park. One such work, Unearthed Bronze Eroded Melpomene (2021), which is inspired by a statue of Melpomene, the Greek muse of tragedy, has been turned into a candle, thanks to a new release by the artist that was announced on Instagram. Modeled after the monumental sculpture, which is part of a show on view until next March, the Eroded Melpomene Candle has a top note of whiskey, with heart notes of of cinnamon and coriander that meld into base notes of agarwood and sandalwood. Packaged in an a special Arsham Studio-designed case, the candle will be on sale this Friday from noon at —Lucy Rees

Herman Miller’s new collection with designer Gabriel Tan. Photo: Herman Miller

3. Herman Miller Teams Up with Gabriel Tan for Modular Series of Furniture

The myriad virtues of modular furniture are well known—flexibility and adaptability chief among them—but rarely are such products are as stylish as the latest releases from design brand Herman Miller, which has teamed up with Gabriel Tan to release the Luva Modular Sofa and Cyclade Tables. Both systems are the result of multiple cultural intersections masterminded by Tan, who originally hails from Singapore but is currently based in the coastal city of Porto, Portugal. Named after the Portuguese word for “glove,” Luva take its clever shape from padded boxing gloves, and its back is able to be folded into a fist or set upright depending on the mood of its user. Along with a detachable ottoman, the Luva collection can be configured into an armchair and chaise as well as a sofa or sectional. The Cyclade, meanwhile, consists of three tables that take cues from the Paleozoic mega-continent of Pangea while nodding to the fluid shapes of famed sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Use one, two, or all three to create a sophisticated landscape that can transform any space. —Geoffrey Montes

Cala di Volpe. Photo: White Box Studio, Courtesy of Smeralda Holding

Architecture by Jacques Couëlle. Photo: © Jacques Pèpion for Agence Moinard Bétaille

4. Assouline Releases Newest Travel Book, Cala di Volpe

Visit northern Sardinia through the pages of Assouline’s newest book, Cala di Volpe. A top tourist destination on Italy’s Costa Smeralda, the world-renowned luxury hotel designed by Jacques Couëlle blends the worlds of art and architecture. The sculptural building brings together the natural world and local tradition and craftsmanship and blends seamlessly with the coastal landscape. With over 150 illustrations of the magical destination and text by travel writer Nicky Swallow, this lush tome provides the ideal artful escape. —Stefanie Li

Ba53ment at 53. Photo: Courtesy of Ba53ment.

5. A Speakeasy Below 53 in Midtown Manhattan Offers Art, Wine, and Bites from Marea

As August approaches and temperature creep higher and higher, nothing sounds quite as alluring as a subterranean speakeasy—especially one with a menu of indulgent bites by Marea, which is closed for renovation for the rest of the summer. Entered through an elevator that goes down to the subcellar and past a glossy red door, Ba53ment is tucked under 53, the wildly popular midtown Manhattan Asian restaurant. Designed by ICRAVE, the jewel box lounge features accents in shades of purple and plum, as well as a mirrored silver dome hovering above a cozy wrap-around banquette and chic, little cocktail tables. In an extension of the upstairs restaurant’s art partnership with Petzel Gallery, provocative collages by Robert Heinecken adorn the space. Wondering what to order? Daring takes on classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Side Car, and Vesper are a must. It’s also very worth mentioning that the wines-by-the-glass program is extraordinarily tempting. (Corton-Charlemagne or Sassicaia, anyone?) And don’t miss the caviar sliders, selection of crudo, and heirloom tomato salad. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

Flamingo Estate & MyTheresa present "Summer Body Shop". Photo: Courtesy of Flamingo Estate

Flamingo Estate & MyTheresa present "Summer Body Shop". Photo: Courtesy of Flamingo Estate

6. Flamingo Estate & Mytheresa Take Over an Old Auto Body Shop in East Hampton

Continuing the Hamptons’ storied history of providing some of the chicest experiences on the East Coast, an exciting collaboration is coming to locals this summer in an unconventional location. Finding home in an old auto body shop on East Hampton’s Railroad Avenue, Los Angeles lifestyle company Flamingo Estate has teamed up with luxury fashion platform Mytheresa to present “Summer Body Shop.” Redesigned by Flamingo Estate’s founder Richard Christiansen, the space holds an “Inconvenience Store,” which is stocked with an expertly curated selection of non-perishable products and decadent pantry items. Further into the shop, a wide-selection of luxury brands ranging from Versace to Dolce & Gabbana will be available courtesy of Mytheresa. In addition to serving as an ethical and stylish shopping experience, the property will also hold a number of exciting events during the season such as stylist Colin King‘s signing of his first book Arranging Things (Rizzoli), taking place on July 28. —Shelby Black

Cover: Sardinia’s legendary Cala di Volpe resort.
Photo: White Box Studio, Courtesy of Smeralda Holding


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