Il Buco Vita’s new Los Angeles outpost.
Photo: Il Buco Vita

The Artful Life: 5 Things Galerie Editors Love This Week

From Il Buco Vita’s first Los Angeles store to an experiential tequila-tasting space in San Miguel de Allende designed by Meyer Davis

The warm palette option features interiors curated by B&B Italia. Photo: Waldorf Astoria Furnished Residences by B&B Italia

1. Waldorf Astoria Residences New York Partners with B&B Italia

An American icon is getting a dose of European glamour thanks to an exciting partnership between the Waldorf Astoria and B&B Italia. The legendary New York hotel—currently in the midst of a massive renovation and residential conversion—will now give buyers the opportunity to purchase turnkey apartments expertly curated by the luxury furniture group. The two options available, Chiaro and Scuro, provide the units (which start at $1.8 million and range from studios to four-bedrooms) with either a cool or warm color palette that encompass everything from furnishings and wall coverings to linens and tableware. In advance of the grand reopening at the end of 2024, interested parties can visit the can visit the residential gallery onsite at the Waldorf Astoria at 305 Park Avenue in Manhattan to get a taste of what’s in store. —Geoffrey Montes

Obsidian Bar at Casa Dragones's tasting residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Photo: Douglas Friedman

One of four bedroom suites at the newly renovated Casa Dragones tasting residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Photo: Douglas Friedman

2. Meyer Davis Reimagines a Tequila Brand’s San Miguel de Allende Tasting Space

Located in a former 17th-century stable, Casa Dragones’s bespoke tasting residence in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico reopens after a year long renovation helmed by design studio Meyer Davis and local architect Marco Martinez Valle. Punctuated with sophisticated artisan designs, the restored location features the newly added Obsidian Bar, a jewel-box like space enveloped in tiles crafted from locally sourced pieces of the eponymous rock. “Throughout the restoration, we were inspired by the obsidian boulders culled from the town of Tequila’s agave fields in Mexico, which led to the use of the stone in the barrel vault, playing off of its unique irregularities and reflective surface,” says Will Meyer, co-founder of Meyer Davis. “The use of this beautiful, raw material speaks to the way that Casa Dragones celebrates the qualities of agave, so we created designs to highlight materiality and local products.” Also incorporated into the property are four layered bedroom suites conjured by designer Raul Cabra and curator Ana Elena Mallet, who selected a variety of craftsman-made pieces including a site-specific light fixture by Héctor Esrawe, textile works by Caralarga, and furnishings by Galerie Creative Mind Fernando Laposse. —Jill Sieracki

Il Buco Vita’s new Los Angeles outpost. Photo: Il Buco Vita

3. Il Buco Vita Opens First Los Angeles Outpost with a Dreamy Array of Italian Homeware and Ceramics

Known for its exceptional collection of artisanal housewares, ceramics, and antiques, celebrated homeware store Il Buco Vita, which operates spaces in New York City and Amagansett, has now opened its first Los Angeles outpost. Like the New York locations, everything has been sourced in central and southern Italy by il Buco restaurant founder Donna Lennard and her creative partners Antonello and Lorenzo Radi. Expect to see a vibrant assortment of rustic, romantic, yet modern pieces that celebrate traditional Italian craftsmanship, such as the splattered green and cream of the Montegranaro style, as well as serving platters crafted with a rare black clay from Umbria. —Lucy Rees

Emanuel Hahn, Jultagi, (2023). Photo: Courtesy of the artist and New Wave

Emanuel Hahn, Rose of Sharon, (2023). Photo: Courtesy of the artist and New Wave

4. New Wave Art Wknd Returns to Palm Beach for Fifth Edition

Kicking off Miami Art Week, New Wave Art Wknd returns to sunny Palm Beach on December 1 for an art-filled weekend of festivities. Celebrating this year’s theme, “The Freedom of Expression,” an exciting lineup of programs including panel discussions, gallery visits, private collection tours, and more will be held across South Florida’s beaches. Among the highlights are a private collection tour hosted by Lisa and Richard Perry as well as a discussion with the organization’s current artist-in-residence Emanuel Hahn, a Los Angeles–based Korean-American photographer and director whose works tackles themes of cultural identity and immigration. For a full lineup of events, head to New Wave’s website. —Shelby Black

Keisha Scarville

Keisha Scarville, from lick of tongue, rub of finger, on soft wound (MACK, 2023). Photo: Courtesy of the artist and MACK

5. Photographer Keisha Scarville Launches Debut Monograph with Mack

Brooklyn-based photographer Keisha Scarville’s debut monograph explores the artist’s identity through her Caribbean and American lineage. Layered imagery of both Scarville’s striking black-and-white photographs (often of her own body and entrancing textiles) and archival imagery mixed with book passages and personal texts show a complex historical narrative of the Black diaspora. A visual feast of pattern and texture, lick of tongue, rub of finger, on soft wound, published by Mack, embodies a true artist’s book with its lush perfect-bound pages and a poem by Harmony Holiday hidden under the book cover flap. —Stefanie Li

Cover: Il Buco Vita’s new Los Angeles outpost.
Photo: Il Buco Vita


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