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Kyoto via Paris
Sandra Jollet, born in Lyon, had long been fascinated by the holistic philosophies associated with shiatsu massage, having been exposed to them at a very young age by her father, an acupuncturist and shiatsu therapist. But it was only after visiting Japan that she decided she would one day open a ryokanstyle spa all its own in France, a vision that has come to fruition with Maison Suisen, located in the heart of the popular Marais district of Paris. From the moment customers walk through the door, Maison Suisen embodies the concept of omotenashi, or the art of hospitality, asking each visitor to choose from an assortment of organic teas purchased in Japan which they infuse and serve after processing. In addition to other services, clients can choose between traditional shiatsu, on tatami and futon, or a more contemporary configuration with massage table and aromatic oil. From $130, suisen.fr.
As an art student at the University of Brighton and later at the Royal Drawing School in London, artist Somaya Critchlow, now 28, noticed a dearth of depictions of black women in art western. “I felt isolated, so I thought I would confront myself,” she says of her decision to draw her own body. “As soon as I started drawing myself naked, I started having fun.” These self-portraits quickly evolved into a larger celebration of black femininity, featured in her first monograph, “Somaya Critchlow: Paintings.” Referencing disparate influences – Renaissance and Rococo portraiture, the surrealism of Leonor Fini and David Lynch, and the unapologetic carnality of pop stars like Cardi B and Nicki Minaj – Critchlow portrays curvaceous women, often in varying states of undressing, inhabiting an ambiguous zone between sexualized objects and playfully independent subject. $40, artbook.com.
Pieces with a sense of place
Handcrafted objects by international artisans are the raison d’être of En Place, a new digital interior design store imagined by Alexis Kanter, creative consultant and former market editor at Vanity Fair. From a playful raffia and clay table lamp by Spanish ceramicist Marta Bonilla to a graphic black and white chair upholstered in handwoven natural wool by Guatemalan store Meso Goods, the curated selection is presented against a chic editorial canvas. background that includes creator stories and city guides, adding context and storytelling to each piece. “I wanted to create a marketplace where you could shop online, but also in an experiential way that wasn’t traditional bricks-and-mortar,” says Kanter. Later this year, En Place will also collaborate with a handful of hotels (including Hotel le Sud in Antibes, France, and Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon), allowing customers to shop with the click of a button. “I like to think of it as a reimagining of the hotel gift shop,” she says, “making it transparent to bring home something meaningful that really tells the story of a place.” From $24, in-place.co.
Fragrance inspired by Korean culture
A few years ago, while shopping at a beauty supply store in Seoul, couple Su min Park and Wonny Lee realized that although the shelves were full of Korean products, the section des parfums offered only familiar Western brands. That’s how Park, photographer and artistic director, and Lee, marketing manager, who live in New York, decided to launch Elorea, a modern perfume brand inspired by Korea’s rich history and culture. “We were at a time in our lives where we wanted to get closer to our roots and our culture,” says Lee. A portmanteau of “elements” and “Korea”, Elorea launches with four distinctive scents named after the four trigrams adorning the South Korean flag: Sky, Earth, Water and Fire. After extensive research, the couple sourced ingredients from various parts of South Korea, such as citrus fruits from Jeju, which they blended with camellia and nutmeg for the warm notes of amber and leather in Fire. From $170, elorea.com.
Like many of us, Brooklyn-based artist Elliott Puckette has spent the pandemic taking comfort in what she can control while making peace with what she can’t. Her ninth solo exhibition with the Kasmin Gallery in New York, which will also publish her first major monograph later this year, features her characteristic, precise yet expansive line paintings alongside her first foray into sculpture, a medium she had long wanted to explore. The first attempts with plaster of Paris, wire, paper and clay were not successful. “It was an absolute disaster,” says Puckette. “Then I realized it wasn’t something I could do myself; I needed to put it back. Cast in bronze by Workshop Art Fabrication in Kingston, NY, the two sculptures in the exhibit, “Random Walk” and “Pivot”, represent a natural evolution of Puckette’s career-long commitment to the line in manifesting it in three-dimensional space. What once meandered within the bounds of the web has now been released. “Elliott Puckette” is exhibited at the Kasmin Gallery from January 13 to February 26, kasmingallery.com.
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