John Derian unveiled a new 100-piece array of trays, paperweights, vessels, and other beautiful objets to celebrate The Met’s new flora-forward show.
Photo: Courtesy of John Derian

The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From John Derian’s decoupage collection inspired by The Met Costume Institute’s latest exhibition to We Are Ona’s New York City pop-up

Photo: Courtesy of John Derian

Photo: Courtesy of John Derian

1. John Derian Launches Collection to Commemorate The Met Costume Institute’s Latest Exhibition

While all the stars turned out in their most creative couture for The Met Costume Institute’s Met Gala, it’s not just the fashion designers who were looking to reinterpret the new exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.” Decoupage artist John Derian, who has had a longstanding collection of decorative pieces made in collaboration with The Met, unveiled a new 100-piece array of trays, paperweights, vessels, and other beautiful objets to celebrate the flora-forward show. Derian’s decoupage designs—which draw from works included in the Drawings & Prints, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Islamic Art collections at The Met, feature butterflies and blooms in moody, antique-style illustrations, capturing the botanicals in romantic, atmospheric scenes certain to stay lush season after season. —Jill Sieracki

We are Ona New York pop-up designed by Marc Leschelier. Photo: Meghan Marin

Dishes served at We are Ona New York by chef Dalad Kambhu. Photo: Meghan Marin

2. We Are Ona Returns to New York City with Downtown Pop-Up 

Known for bringing the most creative culinary experiences around the world just in time for some of the hottest art fairs, We Are Ona returns to New York City for its latest pop-up. Founded by fine-dining expert Luca Pronzato in 2019, the anticipated feast always brings together an acclaimed chef to helm the meals and inventive talent to craft the design. This year, timed with TEFAF and Independent Art Fair, diners will sample sumptuous bites courtesy of chef Dalad Kambhu, who brings a contemporary take on Thai cuisine as seen in her Berlin-based restaurant, Kin Dee. For the location at downtown art hub WSA, We Are Ona tapped brutalist architect and French sculptor Marc Leschelier to craft a minimalist yet impactful atmosphere that includes a striking dining table and seating. Running through May 12, the pop-up is available for both a six course lunch as well as eight course dinner. Book a table here. —Shelby Black

Buccellati is presenting a show-stopping Venice exhibition that tells the rich 100-year history of the brand. Photo: courtesy of Buccellati

3. Buccellati Celebrates Craftsmanship and Storytelling with Dazzling Venice Presentation

On the island of Giudecca in Venice, storied Italian jewelry house Buccellati presents a show-stopping exhibition that tells the rich 100-year history of the brand. Titled ‘The Prince of Goldsmiths, Rediscovering the Classics,” the show opened during the vernissage week of the Venice Biennale at Oficine 800, a sprawling event space next to the Fortuny atelier. Inside, an immerse experience awaits. The show kicks off with a room dedicated to the delicate butterfly’s wings, which symbolize metamorphosis, with four brooches crafted by different Buccellati generations. There are also special sections devoted to elegant accessories such as miniature boxes, smoking accessories, and handbags as well as stunning nature-inspired silver masterpieces in the style of Arte Sottile. The final room celebrates the full creative prowess of the jewelry, where artful creations and techniques including tulle, lace, engraving and enchainment are presented in a cutting-edge display of columns, creating the illusion of the jewels floating in space. —Lucy Rees

An installation view of “Eastern Standard,” an art exhibition from Armature Projects and Fort Street Studio. Photo: Armature Projects

4. Armature Projects Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month with an Art Show at Fort Street Studio

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Armature Projects and Fort Street Studio have collaborated on an art exhibition, entitled “Eastern Standard,” at the rugmaker’s gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Curated by Armature Projects’s founder, William Li, the exhibition brings together a diverse array of talents working across multiple mediums, including sculpture, photography, painting, and ceramics. Interior designer Aamir Khandwala created immersive environments in the space to highlight everything from Liu Kincheole highly patterned and colorful abstractions to Hon Chen’s serene embroidered paintings. A portion of the proceeds from sales at the exhibition will go toward supporting the AAPI Design Alliance. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

The mural by Matthew Benedict at 111 West 57th Street. Photo: Christian Harder

The space by Studio Sofield now features Matthew Benedict’s new mural. Photo: Christian Harder

5. Artist Matthew Benedict Creates Bespoke Mural at 111 West 57th Street

The dream team of Studio Sofield and SHoP Architects conjured one of the most striking recent additions to the Manhattan skyline with 111 West 57th, which soars more than 1,400 feet and is imbued with a contemporary, Gilded Age–style glamour. Brimming with bespoke art and design pieces, including gilded elevator doors by Nancy Lorenz, the residential building has just unveiled a sweeping mural by American artist Matthew Benedict, who has a work in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Titled The Giants, the mural sheathes the reception rooms and bar, featuring enormous golden figures in repose set against a dramatic backdrop of wilderness and sky, inspired by the Adirondacks. Benedict also integrated references to music into the mural, nodding to 111 West 57th’s history as part of the Steinway building, where famous composers and pianists rehearsed. —Geoffrey Montes

“Couturier Visionnaire,” on view now through November 3 at the Christian Dior Museum. Photo: RAPHAEL DAUTIGNY

6. Christian Dior Museum Unveils New Fashion Showcase

Two years ago Christian Dior’s childhood home in Granville, France, was turned into The Christian Dior Museum, a space dedicated to spotlighting his extraordinary creations, with an archive of over 1,000 pieces as well as precious artifacts from his various successors. Its latest exhibition, “Couturier Visionnaire,” on view now through November 3, traces Dior’s artistic journey through the places that inspired him most—starting here at the storybook Villa Les Rhumbs and then spotlighting Paris, where Dior conceived his famed New Look Collection. The show then moves on to showcase looks and ephemera from several cruise collections later in his career, inspired by Los Angeles, Mexico, and Greece. —G.M

Cover: John Derian unveiled a new 100-piece array of trays, paperweights, vessels, and other beautiful objets to celebrate The Met’s new flora-forward show.
Photo: Courtesy of John Derian


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