The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

Ralph’s Milan at Salone 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

Ralph’s Milan at Salone 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

1. Ralph Lauren opens the doors of the brand’s Milanese Palazzo during Salone del Mobile

The iconic American lifestyle brand was right at home in Milan this week. To coincide with the venerable design fair, Ralph Lauren transformed the palazzo that has served as its headquarters in Italia since 1999 into Ralph’s Milan. The fully immersive experience allows visitors to view the house collection in the lavishly scaled spaces of the residence, which was designed in 1941 by the notable architect Mino Fiocchi. The 12,000-square-foot rectory also proves to be the perfect setting for the launch of the new Palazzo Collection, which includes classic mahogany furniture that has been extensively executed. Additionally, there is a courtyard outfitted with layers of the brand’s signature patterns and a pop-up restaurant open for lunch and afternoon apertivo. While the menu is filled with American classics like shrimp cocktail and lobster roll, the Aperol Spritz seems to be the drink of the week, creating the perfect marriage of cultures. The space is open by appointment and by invitation until 11 June. —Jacqueline Terrebonne

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

Rolling Stone Vanity from Cara Woodhouse’s collaboration with ABC Stone. Photo: Courtesy of ABC Stone

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

Soft Rock Chair from the collaboration of Cara Woodhouse with ABC Stone.

2. ABC Stone presents a sculptural new collection with designer Cara Woodhouse

There is no denying that stone can bring transformative power to any room. In a newly launched collaboration, designer Cara Woodhouse is transforming marble into unique pieces for the home. The Classic Rock capsule collection featuring ABC Stone includes the Soft Rock Chair, Rock Out Sofa and Stool, Rolling Stone Vanity, Beat Side Table, Rock & Roll Tub and Solid Sound Washbasin, plus the Brass on Marble Mixed Materials Styx sink. Choose from Grand Antique, Calacatta Viola, Arabescato Corchia, Pink Onyx and Silver Travertine shapes, while the seating options include plush cushions, creating a dreamy duet. —Jill Sieracki

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

Career Brothers Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Career Frères

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

Waterlily Brothers Quarry. Photo: Courtesy of Career Frères

3. Career Frères introduces candles made in collaboration with the French National Museum of Natural History

With a history dating back to 1884, Carrière Frères makes candles that perfectly capture the scents of nature, inspired by the heritage of the master makers and the botanical sciences of the 19th century. This month, the brand took that mission one step further with an exciting launch in partnership with the French National Museum of Natural History. Three limited-edition candles were created in tribute to the museum and its Jardin des Plantes. Each scent is informed by one of the botanical parchments (a special parchment used by botanists) in the museum’s world-class collection. Absinthe has an aromatic green scent with notes of galbanum and petitgrain mixed with absinthe, basil and mint; Acacia, which can be described as floral dust, starts with a green coolness that gives way to multiple golden floral tones; and finally Nenuphar, which has an aquatic fruitiness thanks to the top note of the giant water lily. The display cases are works of art themselves, with beautiful colored illustrations collected from archival botanical records. —Lucy Rees

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

The Secret Garden pattern from the new Aquazzura Casa collection. Photo: Thanks to Aquazzura

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

The Jaipur styles from the new Aquazzura Casa collection. Photo: Thanks to Aquazzura

4. Aquazzura launches fashion-inspired tableware

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Aquazzura is known for their forward-thinking collections presented in dreamy boutiques around the world. Now founder and creative director Edgardo Osario translates the brand’s aptitude for embroidery, graphic patterns and bold use of color in Aquazzura Casa, a debut series of tableware that draws inspiration from fanciful destinations. Collectors will discover Jaipur’s cobalt blue, dusty rose and wine palette; cheerful lemons and cherries from Capri; and refreshing Japanese cherry blossoms on dishes and linens. Rounding out the offer are jewel-colored Murano glass accessories and a unique selection of cooking ranges created in collaboration with Officine Gullo.-Jill Sieracki

The Artful Life: 5 Things Gallery Editors Love This Week

FreelingWaters Collection III Photo: Thanks to Cultural Advice

5. Dutch Design Duo FreelingWaters unveils a range of psychedelic furniture at the Future Perfect

Designers Job Wouters and Gijs Frieling, the talents behind FreelingWaters, recently launched a folk art-inspired project titled “Collection III”, which is now on display until June 17 at The Future Perfect in New York. They first gained wide recognition for their collaborations with Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten and art curator Ine Gevers have since opened their own studio in Amsterdam. The new selection of cabinets is painted in psychedelic shades of orange, green, blue and yellow, mixed to create a marble pattern that envelops both the inside and the outside of each piece. While the designs may evoke the feel of Haight Ashbury’s iconic Flower Power, the inspiration actually came from commonly used colors and decorations from the 18th and 19th centuries. For the finishing touch, the backs of the furniture are provided with an extra artistic moment, including a unique display of materials used and hand-painted letters. —Shelby Black

Cover: Ralph’s Milan at Salone 2022.

Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Home

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