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August 28, 2014
By Jason Chen | Home + Design

New Fabrics by Lisa Fine
Lisa Fine Textiles

Born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, the New York- and Paris-based Lisa Fine often looks to India for inspiration for her hand-printed linens. Her latest creation, available in coral rose and blue, depicts Mughal flowers, a leitmotif commonly seen in block print and embroidery throughout much of South Asia—but it’s no standard interpretation. “The Mughal theme is so familiar that I wanted to do something less literal,” says Fine. “I consider it more an abstraction of the idea.” Fine paints her version of the design on the fabric using watercolor, then distresses it to produce her signature timeworn, almost vintage effect. “That’s the greatest compliment,” she says, “when someone can appreciate the beauty of something new made to look not so new.” From $95 a yard; lisafinetextiles.com.

August 28, 2014
By Jason Chen | Home + Design

Patricia Urquiola's Milan Design Week Debut
Photo courtesy of Kartell

Stargazing at Salone: The big-name debuts that lit up the 2014 Milan design fair.

Nearly 40 years after Kartell introduced its In Tavola tableware collection, the Italian brand has revived the series, which includes Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola’s Jellies assortment of transparent and colorful glasses, plates and bowls with repeating contours. Prices upon request; kartell.com.

August 28, 2014
By Jason Chen | Home + Design

Philippe Starck's Milan Design Week Debut
Photo courtesy of Emeco

Stargazing at Salone: The big-name debuts that lit up the 2014 Milan design fair.

A follow-up to Philippe Starck’s now-legendary Broom chair from 2012—noted for being made of reclaimed polypropylene from discarded industrial materials—the new Broom stool offers the same sustainable highlights at bar-stool and counter heights, with a lower seat back. $350; emeco.net.

August 28, 2014
By Jason Chen | Home + Design

Tom Dixon's Milan Design Week Debut
Tom Dixon/Gold Mirror Balls

Stargazing at Salone: The big-name debuts that lit up the 2014 Milan design fair.

Industrial designer Tom Dixon continues to expand his collection of lighting, accessories and furniture with a gilded version of his iconic mirror ball lamp. The polycarbonate orbs are metallized internally to create a disco-inspired effect. From $475; tomdixon.net.

August 28, 2014
By Jason Chen | Food, Home + Design

How Thomas Keller Scrambles Eggs
Photo courtesy of Serge Bloch

Thomas Keller first collaborated with All-Clad more than a decade ago, and now the brand is launching the new All-Clad TK collection together with the chef, who opened The French Laundry in Yountville, California, 20 years ago. The 15-piece collection features flared edges for drip-free pouring, universal lids (which sit flush against the rim of the cookware, so only three are needed across the entire collection) and a wider base for faster heating at lower temperatures. “We really wanted to make cookware more practical for the home cook,” says Keller. “There are fewer pieces because each item is multifunctional—it all makes much more sense.” One of the chef’s favorite recipes is scrambled eggs made in the two-quart saucier, which features a uniquely curved shape that allows him to whisk the eggs without having anything stick to the corners. A four-piece set begins at $800; williams-sonoma.com.


OEUFS BROUILLÉS (Scrambled Eggs) 

Serves Two

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 farm-fresh eggs
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp crème fraîche, such as Kendall Farms brand
  • Kosher salt, to taste 

DIRECTIONS
Break eggs into a mixing bowl and beat until homogeneous. (You can also use a blender.) Strain eggs through a sieve into All-Clad TK 2-quart saucier. Add butter and place pan over a medium-low flame. Continually whisk over heat until mixture begins to thicken and form fine curds that are still very creamy and not completely set. Whisk in crème fraîche and cook for a few seconds longer. Season to taste with salt. (Add freshly ground pepper or fresh herbs such as chives or dill, if desired). Spoon eggs onto warm plates and serve right away.

NOTE
I prefer to eat my eggs soft and somewhat creamy with small curds, but if you prefer your eggs with larger curds or more well done than I do, whisk less and cook more. Thomas Keller

April 04, 2014
By Sasha Levine | Home + Design

Salone de Mobile
Photo © Aki Furudate

Starting next week, the 53rd edition of the Salone del Mobile (April 8–13; cosmit.it)—the Frieze Art Fair of home furnishings—will take place in Milan, this year displaying the exceptional kitchen and bathroom wares of 2,400 exhibitors from 260 countries. The five-day affair is split into three categories—Classic, Modern, Design—and features a mix of high-profile first-timers (Hästens, Kvadrat, Tom Dixon) and returning favorites (Treca, Wittmann, Flötotto). Here are five things to catch when you’re there.

  • Celebrate the opening of “Seminato,” an exhibition dedicated to the beauty of the floors we walk on (and often ignore), presented by Pin–Up magazine at POMO Galerie (April 6 to May 2; Via Giuseppe Sirtori, 6; 39-02/3652-3236; galerie.thepomo.com). Afterward, drop by gallery/restaurant Il Crepaccio (Via Lazzaro Palazzi, 19) for antipasti and “Design Divas” (April 7–8), an installation of portraits of Milan’s foremost design gallerists.
  • At "SupperScene," a one-off theatrical dining event at design boutique Spazio Pontaccio, Michelin-starred chef Matias Perdomo will serve dinner to 50 guests on limited-edition tableware by Federico Pepe, Lee Broom and Alessandro Zambelli. The dinner will be staged in the store’s display windows, and the setting will be recreated and on view through April 13. April 8 (8:30 P.M.); Via Pontaccio, 18; 39-02/805-7025; spaziopontaccio.com.
  • “Where Architects Live” showcases the homes of Zaha Hadid, Massimiliano ad Doriana Fuksas (pictured) and Daniel Libeskind (among others) via video, exhibiting how the world’s leading design minds live. April 8–13 (9:30 A.M.–6:30 P.M.); Milan Fairgrounds, Rho, Pavilion 9.
  • Italian designer Martino Gamper showcases “In a State of Repair,” an exhibit that celebrates the transformation of objects that break and undergo restoration. April 8–13 (9:30 A.M.–9 P.M.); Piazza del Duomo, 3.
  • Set in the former bakeries of the XXIV Maggio military barracks, re-opened for the first time to coincide with Salone, “Urban Stories” showcases installations by internationally renowned designers including Emmanuel Babled, GamFratesi and Alvin Huang. April 8–13 (noon–10 P.M.); Via Vincenzo Monti, 16.
March 05, 2014
By Jason Chen | Books, Home + Design

Jacques Garcia: Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille
Photo © James T. Murray

In 1992 the French designer purchased Château du Champ de Bataille in Normandy. After 20 years of meticulous sourcing and renovation, his masterpiece is complete.

Champ de Bataille—restored, furnished and decorated—weaves together all the threads of Jacques Garcia’s life and work. The narrative ostensibly starts in 1992, with the Paris-based architect and interior designer’s acquisition of the derelict estate. But in fact the story goes back much further, to Garcia’s first visit to the château as an awestruck 12-year-old with his father.

Over the course of two decades—including periods when Garcia, 66, came close to giving up entirely—the project slowly but surely took shape, eventually pushing beyond the boundaries of the Normandy estate to encompass Italy and India. In the follies and temples that dot his gardens, Garcia has reconstructed history; in his library and cabinet of curiosities, he has given expression to an encyclopedic ambition; in his Mogul palace and gardens, the riches of the world are on display.

Champ de Bataille is the culmination of a personal journey and life story; it is also the most subtle and eloquent of self-portraits.

Adapted from former Louvre director Henri Loyrette’s introduction in Jacques Garcia: Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille (Rizzoli), which comes out March 4.

January 14, 2014
By Sasha Levine | Home + Design

On the Auction Block: An Iconic Interior Designer’s Collection
Christie’s Images Limited 2014

On January 22, Christie’s London will auction off items from the personal collection of the late iconic interior designer and tastemaker Michael Inchbald. With roughly 250 lots culled straight from the multi-award-winning designer’s celebrated Stanley House—the headquarters of his business and considered one of the grandest private homes in London—the sale offers an eclectic mix.

Highlights include significant antiquities (like a Roman torso of Hercules from the first and second centuries A.D.), clocks, furniture, Old Master paintings, sculpture and Chinese porcelain—some of which are returning to the market for the first time in 60 years. Styles range from medieval to Renaissance to Rococo to modern.

As both a traditionalist and an innovator, Inchbald (who died in early 2013) is remembered as a “man who appreciated both the aesthetic beauty of works of art and the best ways to display them,” says Amelia Walker, Christie’s associate director and specialist of private collections and country house sales. “He was a man of taste and collected remarkable examples of works of art across several fields.”

Well known for combining the old with the new, Inchbald and his visionary talents were tapped for projects like the Berkeley and the Savoy hotels and the first-class saloon on the QE2, as well as the private residences of British aristocrats. Now, thanks to the sale, you can get the same treatment straight from the designer’s home to yours. Auction items are on view January 16–21; 8 King St.; 44-20/7839-9060; christies.com.

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