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Ralph's Milan at Salone 2022.
Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From an immersive Ralph Lauren experience in Milan to Aquazzura’s glamorous foray into tableware

Ralph's Milan at Salone 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph's Milan at Salone 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

1. Ralph Lauren Opens the Doors to the Brand’s Milanese Palazzo During Salone del Mobile

The iconic American lifestyle brand made itself right at home in Milan this week. To coincide with the venerable design fair, Ralph Lauren transformed the palazzo that has served as its Italia headquarters since 1999 into Ralph’s Milan. The completely immersive experience allows visitors to view its home collection within the sumptuously scaled spaces of the residence, which was conceived by notable architect Mino Fiocchi in 1941. The 12,000-square-foot manse also proves to be the perfect setting for the launch of the new Palazzo Collection, which includes classic mahogany furniture executed on a grand scale. Plus, an interior courtyard outfitted with layers of the brand’s signature patterns hosts a pop-up restaurant open for lunch and afternoon apertivo. While the menu is filled with American classics such as shrimp cocktail and lobster roll, the Aperol Spritz seems to be the drink of the week, creating the perfect marriage of cultures. The space will be open by appointment and invitation through June 11. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

Rolling Stone Vanity from Cara Woodhouse's collaboration with ABC Stone. Photo: Courtesy of ABC Stone

Soft Rock Chair from Cara Woodhouse's collaboration with ABC Stone.

2. ABC Stone Presents a Sculptural New Collection with Designer Cara Woodhouse

There’s no denying the transformative power stone can impart on any room. In a newly launched collaboration, designer Cara Woodhouse transforms marble into unique pieces for the home. The Classic Rock capsule collection with ABC Stone includes the Soft Rock chair, Rock Out bench and stool, Rolling Stone vanity, Beat side table, Rock & Roll tub, and Solid Sound sink vanity, plus the mixed materials Brass on Marble Styx sink. Choose from Grand Antique, Calacatta Viola, Arabescato Corchia, Pink Onyx, and Silver Travertine forms, while seating options include plush cushions, creating a dreamy duet. —Jill Sieracki

Carrière Frères collection. Photo: Courtesy of Carrière Frères

Carrière Frères Waterlily. Photo: Courtesy of Carrière Frères

3. Carrière Frères Introduces Candles Made in Conjunction with the French National Museum of Natural History

With a history dating back to 1884, Carrière Frères crafts candles that perfectly capture scents found in nature, inspired by the heritage of the master makers and the botanical sciences of the 19th century. This month, the brand has taken that mission one step further with an exciting launch in collaboration with the French National Museum of Natural History. Three limited-edition candles were created in homage to the museum and its Jardin des Plantes. Each scent is informed by one of the botanical vellums (a special parchment used by botanists) found in the museum’s world-class collection. Absinthe features an aromatic green fragrance with notes of galbanum and petitgrain mixed with absinthe, basil, and mint; Acacia, which could be described as a floral dust, begins with a verdant coolness giving way to multiple golden floral tones; and finally, Nenuphar, which boasts an aquatic fruitiness thanks to the giant waterlily’s top note. The glass cases are artworks themselves, featuring a beautiful colored illustrations culled from archival botanical plates. —Lucy Rees

The Secret Garden pattern from the new Aquazzura Casa collection. Photo: Courtesy of Aquazzura

The Jaipur styles from the new Aquazzura Casa collection. Photo: Courtesy of Aquazzura

4. Aquazzura Launches Fashion-Inspired Tableware

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Aquazzura is renowned for their fashion-forward collections presented in dreamy boutiques around the globe. Now, founder and creative director Edgardo Osario is translating the brand’s aptitude for embroidery, graphic patterns, and bold use of color into Aquazzura Casa, a debut array of tableware that draws inspiration from fanciful destinations. Collectors will discover the cobalt blue, dusty rose, and wine palette of Jaipur; cheery lemons and cherries of Capri; and refreshing Japanese cherry blossoms on dinnerware and linens. Rounding out the offerings are jewel-tone Murano glass accessories as well as a unique selection of cooking ranges made in collaboration with Officine Gullo.—Jill Sieracki

FreelingWaters Collection III Photo: Courtesy of Cultural Counsel

5. Dutch Design Duo FreelingWaters Unveils a Series of Psychedelic Furnishings at the Future Perfect

Designers Job Wouters and Gijs Frieling, the talents behind FreelingWaters, recently launched a folk-art inspired project titled “Collection III,” which is now on view at The Future Perfect in New York until June 17. First gaining widespread recognition for their collaborations with Belgium fashion designer Dries van Noten and art curator Ine Gevers, the pair have since opened up their own studio in Amsterdam. The new selection of cabinets are painted with psychedelic shades of orange, green, blue, and yellow, blended together to create a marbling pattern that wraps both the inside and outside of each piece. While the designs may conjure the feeling of Haight Ashbury’s iconic Flower Power, inspiration actually stemmed from commonly used colors and decorations of the 18th and 19th century. For the finishing touch, the furniture’s backsides feature an additional artful moment, including a unique display of used materials and hand-painted lettering. —Shelby Black

Cover: Ralph's Milan at Salone 2022.
Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

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