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A small pastry shop opens in Paris
Parisian restaurants are still closed, but bakeries and pastry shops have done good business and have given up convenience every sourdough bread and butter croissant. Perfect timing for the opening of Tapisserie, a new pastry shop in the 11th arrondissement by Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat, the owners of the Michelin-starred neo-bistro Septime, who have expanded their reach with the in recent years The seafood bistro Clamato, the wine bar Septime La Cave and the relaxed 10-room guest house D’Une Île. The idea of opening a pastry shop, however, only came after the duo had started their own families. “Since we both had children, sweets have taken on a new meaning in our lives,” says Grébaut. He admitted that customers were asking for Clamato’s signature dessert, a delicious maple syrup cake topped with fresh whipped cream. Her part of a shop is overseen by the pastry chefs Nesreen Mroueh and Fanny Payre, who are also Produce Kouignoù-Amann, Pain aux Raisins and other French classics as well as more daily Favorites from the group’s facilities, from rustic pies to staple items like smoked caramelized walnuts, jams, and even cider. The pear cake and vanilla grass cream puffs are reminiscent of tea time on D’Une Île, while a Tarte aux Fleurs, popular in September, hits the market in spring. Driving anything is a commitment to ethical consumption. “In France, cooking and bread-making has seen a revolution, but there is still aesthetic appeal in the pastry, which means that artificial colors and additives are widely used,” says Grébaut. But you won’t find any of that here: “We believe there is plenty of room for a more sustainable option.” 65 rue de Charonne, Paris, tapisserie-patisserie.fr.
For the past 20 years, self-taught Japanese artist Shinichi Sawada has created creepy ceramic animals that cause grimaces, glare and gape. The unglazed works, which are reminiscent of both Jomon ceramics and anime, first attracted international attention at the 2013 Venice Biennale. and this week They make their long-awaited US debut with an exhibition in Venus Over Manhattan organized in collaboration with the Jennifer Lauren Gallery. For many of the 30 untitled pieces that make up the show – all made of Shigaraki clay, known for its robustness and reddish orange color – The artist stacked one beguiling face on top of another and created totems out of dark eyes and protruding claws. To make his Sawada travels three days a week to Nakayoshi Fukushikai, a social institution in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, that supports people with disabilities. (Sawada is autistic and mostly non-verbal.) In the middle of the mountains and surrounded by forest, the center This includes an ad hoc studio with two handcrafted wood-burning stoves that are only lit twice a year. This adds to the rarity of Sawada’s sculptures, although he works in a demanding manner. Masaharu Iketani, his ceramics mediator, comments: “He does three to four hours of creative activity in the afternoon without taking breaks.” The result is an imaginative bestiary that transports the viewer to another realm and offers a welcome change from our current one. “Shinichi Sawada” will be on view through March 20 at Venus Over Manhattan, 120 East 65th Street, New York City, venusovermanhattan.com.
Unusual housewares from Europe and beyond
While Nora Khereddine worked as a lifestyle editor for various German magazines for the past ten years, she dreamed of living among the objects she admired in her writing. “I’ve always had the fantasy of a small business with an office in the background,” she says. When she came across an ad for a small room on the first floor that was available for rent in Munich, her hometown, last June, she decided on a whim to rent it. A month later – driven by the desire to support independent manufacturers during the pandemic – she had filled the interior with housewares from all over Europe and united through her vision of no-frills beauty: white ceramic vases with crisp, angular silhouettes from the 80s – old Swiss Ceramics company Linck; Windsor chairs with comb backs and simple three-legged stools that were handcrafted from walnut by the woodworker Fabian Fischer in Freiburg; wavy elephant grass baskets, designed by the Swiss manufacturer Kathrin Eckhardt and hand-woven in Ghana. The finished space looks like an enviable well-furnished apartment, but without being overly precious or predictable. There are also birthday candles made from Lithuanian beeswax with wicks in pink and bright orange, as well as vintage Berber blankets made from cotton and wool rainbow colored checks. Khereddine, who is experienced in floral design, also sells floral arrangements through the store. And just like she always hoped there would be a smaller back room where she would like to hold workshops and gatherings if safety allows. Westermühlstrasse 21, 80469, Munich. The store currently offers roadside pickups and virtual appointments via FaceTime and WhatsApp, norakhereddine.com.
Hand embroidered cushions from Lebanon
Among the residents of the Lebanese refugee camps Rashidieh, Shatila and Bourj Al Barajneh are the artisans behind Kissweh, an embroidery studio that draws on traditional motifs from Palestinian folk art to create exquisitely handcrafted pin cushions. Kissweh, founded in 2017 by Claudia Martinez Mansell, who lives in Los Angeles and is also a member of the United Nations Humanitarian Operations, takes its name from the Arabic word for trousseau – the collection of textiles, clothing, jewelry and other items that have been solemnly prepared by a bride’s family in anticipation of her Wedding. However, the company focused solely on pillows to create something timeless that could be enjoyed by everyone. The pillows come in a variety of sizes and colors – from traditional Palestinian reds and blues to less anticipated hues like lilac and sage. To make them, one of 30 craftswomen, who are between 18 and 70 years old and in many cases members of the same family, works with high-quality linen and cotton threads, first of all to create embroidery with motifs such as classic geometry, patterns and spiritual references such as the star of Bethlehem and the moon of Ramallah; Other recurring symbols are cypresses, feathers, and damask roses. Every embroidery takes time Two to three weeks to create them. The completely unique designs are then taken to a sewing center in Beirut, where one of three other women on the Kissweh team sews them together and matches the patterns with colorful linen backs and zippers. As Martinez Mansell says, the pillows are “a reminder and a discovery of the rich history and craftsmanship” of the Middle East. Part of the proceeds will go to Beit Atfal Assumoud, a non-profit organization that supports refugees. From $ 320, kissweh.com.
When Ireland-born New York fashion designer Maria McManus decided on three Years ago she knew that creating a line of truly sustainable clothing would not be easy. But she was in fashion for many years (including her time At Edun, Rag & Bone and Ralph Lauren) showed her that clothing is still needed that is as luxurious as it is environmentally conscious. Earlier this month, she launched the first collection from her eponymous brand, which consists of 31 pieces and lush cashmere knitwear (with slits in the sleeves so the sweaters can be easily thrown over the shoulders) and perfectly-looking oversize shirts (with a Box pleat) includes detail on the back yoke for a cocoon-like silhouette) and vintage-inspired outerwear. The clothes are reminiscent of the row or the elegant aesthetic of the worker from Celine’s Phoebe Philo era and are immediately desirable. And while McManus wanted to think big by choosing fabrics that were recycled, organic, biodegradable, or responsibly sourced, she also paid attention to the smallest details – from the buttons made from Corozo nuts (much more ecological) Alternative to plastic, horn or resin) to the clear-looking Ottoman engraving on a shirt Cuff. “None of this is so new or revolutionary,” McManus conceded in her designs, “but the concept of doing something less bad for the world.” is. “It’s also a radical way of thinking about shopping for yourself these days. Mariamcmanus.com.
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