Object & Thing’s collaboration with Brooklyn storefront Porta.
Photo: Dan Li

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From the first Bulgari Lounge in North America to Object & Thing’s shoppable collaboration with Porta in Brooklyn

“Crafting Selfhood,” at 3.1 Phillip Lim flagship. Photo: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Brings Together 13 Female AAPI Artists for New Exhibition

In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, the 3.1 Phillip Lim flagship store in Manhattan is exhibiting work by Asian American female-identifying artists and designers. Organized by Karen Wong and Lora Appleton, “Crafting Selfhood” brings together ceramics and sculptural objects by 13 artists, including terracotta vessels by Myung Jin Kim and technicolor porcelain creatures by Janny Baek. Their work is curated alongside the brand’s new ID bag, which incorporates organic forms and unique hardware inspired by Anish Kapoor’s sculptures. “Crafting Selfhood” will be on view until May 23. —Stefanie Li

Interior view of new Miami Design District restaurant Elastika, located in the neighborhood's famed Moore Building. Photo: Todd Coleman, courtesy of WoodHouse

2. Elastika Restaurant Opens in Miami’s Design District

From the outside, the landmark Moore Building looks like just another pretty Neoclassical-style address in the posh Miami Design District. Inside, however, a wondrous sight unfolds as the late architect Zaha Hadid’s famed site-specific installation Elastika, first created for the debut Design Miami/ fair in 2005, stretches across the four-level atrium. Once the punctuating feature over runway shows and private events, the artwork is now the inspiration behind the newly reimagined site’s namesake restaurant. Visitors during the most recent Design Miami/ got a peek at the still-under-construction development during a presentation by LVMH and Dacra CEO Craig Robins; this month, the first-floor dining destination is ready to welcome guests.

Here, Executive Chef Joe Anthony overseas a menu of modern-American cuisine featuring dishes like citrus-cured Kingfish crudo, grass-fed bison tartare, or miso marinated beef tenderloin, made using ingredients sourced from local farms. Hospitality firm iCrave contributed to Elastika’s interior, which is outfitted with handcrafted furniture by Brazilian maker Sossego, while Miami art adviser Monica Kalpakian curated the collection, which includes a Rob Pruitt artwork on loan from the late collector Rosa de la Cruz. The restaurant is just the first chapter in The Moore’s evolution as the location will soon include a private members club, gallery, office space, and boutique hotel. —Jill Sieracki

Object & Thing’s collaboration with Brooklyn storefront Porta. Photo: Dan Li

3. Object & Thing at Porta Offers Artisan-Crafted Treasures

Now through June 8, an array of treasures blurring the boundaries of art and design are available at Porta, the buzzy Brooklyn storefront designed by Giancarlo Valle. The new offerings are the result of a special collaboration between Porta and collectible design platform Object & Thing, which has brought beguiling works by seven artists to the Boerum Hill space, which specializes in European tableware and home accents. Stop by to see the latest ceramics by Frances Palmer, whimsical silverware by Heath Wagoner, and hand-blown glass candlesticks by Sophie Lou Jacobsen in the shape of flowers. It’s a veritable garden of delights.—Geoffrey Montes

Gena Milanesi Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari

4. Bulgari Expands South Coast Plaza Boutique with Special Artist Commission

To celebrate the Bulgari South Coast Plaza newly expanded boutique, which features a dedicated watch salon, exclusive capsule collection, and the first Bulgari Lounge in North America, California-born artist Gena Milanesi has been commissioned to create a bold new work of art. The painting, entitled Fleeting Moments, reflects the beauty and fleeting nature of a West Coast sunset, forming a central part of the boutique, while elements of its design have been incorporated into the window design in an artful collaboration with the artist. “With my Italian roots and growing up in California, this project means a great deal to me since it seamlessly blends all aspects of my individual style,” says Milanesi. “Whether it be on a canvas or a jewelry collection, these daring colors make a statement that becomes timeless.” Inside, other artful  highlights include white Travertino Navona marble in the same shape of the entrance portals from Via dei Condotti’s historic flagship store; a dazzling chandelier fashioned in the form of a Serpenti by Venini in Murano glass, as well as an eight-point star in red porphyry, which dates to the first Bulgari shop opened by Sotirio Bulgari in Rome in 1884. —Lucy Rees

Zanele Muholi, Bambatha. Photo: Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi, Zenene, Room 523, Van der Valk Hotel, Liege, Belgium, (2023). Photo: Zanele Muholi

5. Southern Guild Los Angeles Presents Sweeping Zanele Muholi Solo Show

Known for showcasing the best of established and emerging African artists, Southern Guild’s Los Angeles gallery presents a sweeping exhibition dedicated to acclaimed visual artist Zanele Muholi. Born in South Africa, the photographer is most recognizable through their black-and-white self portraits, where themes of agency and self-realization gain a whole new perspective. In the autobiographical exhibition, on view through July 11, a series of new works will be on view as part of the artist’s ongoing Somnyama Ngonyama series, which will be shown alongside their additional work in bronze sculpture. The exhibition is on view through July 13. —Shelby Black

Cover: Object & Thing’s collaboration with Brooklyn storefront Porta.
Photo: Dan Li


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