Vessels by Christopher Russell.
Photo: Courtesy of Todd Merrill Studio

The Artful Life: 6 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From Todd Merrill’s pop-up at Bergdorf Goodman to Aquazzura’s delightful new homeware line

Aquazzura Casa. Photo: Courtesy of Aquazzura Casa.

Aquazzura Casa. Photo: Courtesy of Aquazzura Casa.

1. Aquazzura Launches New Homeware Collection 

A nod to the glamorous island of Capri, Aquazzura’s new Casa homeware line features a delightful assortment of linens, tableware, and glasses. A favorite place of the brand’s creative director Edgardo Osorio, the Italian holiday destination has been depicted through vibrant colors and summery motifs like red cherries, lemons, and peaches, capturing the essence of the quintessential Italian spirit of Dolce Far Niente. In addition to the Tutti Frutti collection, handmade Murano glass continues to be a highlight of the extensive home collection, offering everything from martini glasses to candle holders. Crafted in the traditional way by highly skilled master artisans based in Venice, each piece is a work of art. —Lucy Rees

Joy Circle wall lamp and Golia console by Draga Obradovic. Photo: Courtesy of Todd Merrill Studio

Vessels by Christopher Russell. Photo: Courtesy of Todd Merrill Studio

2. Todd Merrill Studio Installs a Pop-Up Exhibition Inside Bergdorf Goodman

Already a popular shopping destination for designer clothing and accessories, Bergdorf Goodman is quickly becoming a must-visit space for innovative design. After hosting dazzling displays with Sarabande and Silvia Furmanovich, the seventh floor has now been given over to Todd Merrill Studio, which is presenting a colorful collection of works by global talents such as Draga and Aurel, Maarten Vrolijk, Stefan Rurak, Christopher Russell, and more. Encompassing furniture, lighting, and decorative objects, the studio’s inaugural installation of “high glam” craft, offered in collaboration with Dedar, is on view through August. —Jill Sieracki

The Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art. Photo: Courtesy of NMAA

Raveena. Photo: Furmaan Ahmed

3. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art Festival Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Concluding the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art’s two week festival in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this Saturday culminates in an all-day celebration to commemorate NMAA’s 100th anniversary. One of North America’s largest and most comprehensive collections of Asian art, NMAA houses more than 45,000 objects from China, Japan, Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Islamic world — recently renovating their famed Peacock Room that houses the museum’s Chinese blue-and-white porcelain collection and now exhibiting Japanese Fluxus artist, Ay‑Ō’s, first US museum show, “Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell.” The centennial celebration will feature headline performances by K-pop star Eric Nam and breakout artist Raveena. The day will be filled with music, dancing, culinary experiences, and workshops by influencer Eva Chen, chef Petty Pandean-Elliott, and designer Bach Mai. —Stefanie Li

Chanel Beverly Hills boutique. Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Chanel Beverly Hills boutique. Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

4. Chanel Unveils Stunning Beverly Hills Flagship

A longtime fixture on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, Chanel’s Southern California flagship has recently gone through a major restoration courtesy of A-list architect Peter Marino, who recently completed New York City’s striking ten-story Tiffany & Co. boutique. A frequent collaborator with the luxury house, Marino expanded the store, which features a stark white exterior complemented by a multi-story glass atrium clad in white crystallized glass inside. The new four-story destination officially opened its doors this week and welcomed visitors with an array of slender vitrines and glass cases filled with the brand’s finest jewelry, bags, fragrances, and accessories. Walking up the atrium’s staircase, shoes and ready-to-wear collections are displayed on the second floor, while two VIP suites and dressing rooms are tucked away on the third floor. Once guests are finished shopping, a serene rooftop garden provides rest and relaxation on the top floor.

In addition to the boutique boasting furnishings from the likes of Ingrid Donat and Delos & Ubiedo, a thoughtfully curated array of artwork commissioned for the flagship fills the space. A major highlight includes French contemporary artist JeanMichel Othoniel’s 2023 sculptural work Golden Lasso, inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s iconic pearl necklaces, which spirals from the ceiling to ground floor. — Shelby Black

Pamela Rosenkranz, Old Tree (2023). A High Line Plinth commission. Photo: Timothy Schenck courtesy of the High Line, New York.

5. Pamela Rosenkranz Presents New Commission on the High Line

A dramatic new work of art has sprouted on Manhattan’s High Line courtesy of Swiss artist Pamela Rosenkranz, who won the commission in 2020 to create a treelike sculpture atop the elevated park’s “Plinth,” which has previously hosted installations by Simone Leigh and Sam Durant. Evoking the sacred Tree of Life, Rosenkranz’s 25-foot-tall piece, dubbed Old Tree, is sheathed in a shocking hot-pink hue and features a tangle of branches meant to recall the network of blood vessels that course through the human body. The eye-catching work—created using steel, spray foam, epoxy, and paint—will be on view through September 2024. —Geoffrey Montes

Diver Scallop dish served at Ma•dé. Photo: Noah Flecks

6. Esteemed Chef Cédric Vongerichten Debuts New SoHo Restaurant Ma•dé

Celebrated chef Cédric Vongerichten didn’t have to look far when crafting the eagerly-anticipated sibling to his hit SoHo restaurant, Wayan. Located right next door to the popular Indonesian spot is his newest venture, Ma•dé, a project between him and his wife, Ochi, alongside partner Ezra J. William. Here, Vongerichten (one of Galerie’s Creative Minds) has constructed a mouthwatering menu brimming with seasonal seafood and vegetable-centric dishes sourced from around the world. Highlights include deconstructed Shrimp Toast with cilantro and citrus chili as well as diver scallop with rhubarb, jalapeño, and dill. For the interiors, designer Linda Daniels helped conjure the breezy Balinese coast thanks to a playful color palette that evokes the region’s famous coral reefs. The Vongerichtens even helped source some of the decor, finding an array of treasures during their family trips to Bali. —GM

Cover: Vessels by Christopher Russell.
Photo: Courtesy of Todd Merrill Studio


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