Antique pine cabinets, gone psychedelic


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I always rotate my products based on my skin’s needs. In the morning I use the Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser, and at the end of the day I wash more thoroughly with something like Haoma’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I alternate between Royal Fern Phytoactive Skin Perfecting Essence or Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. I’ve been using it since I was a beauty editor – P50 was like my indoctrination. Then I use Our Self’s Daily Renewal Cream, which is full of peptides, or a moisturizer from Georgian brand Senself called Rich But Light — it’s got the perfect texture — and Epara Eye Serum. I use my Ziip tool to do several treatments once or twice a week, and before events. My face is off balance when I don’t. I always use SPF; I just finished Zitsticka’s Megashade SPF, or if I’m on the go, I’ll spray on Habit’s No. 41 Mister. In the shower, I really like the Bastide Rose Olivier natural shower gel, and the Soft Services exfoliating bar. It’s very satisfying. I just cut my hair short, so I tried styling products in a way I never had before. I love Philip B’s Weightless Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner and Charlotte Mensah’s Manketti Oil Pomade. I use Kevyn Aucoin Volume mascara and RMS Lip2Cheek in Illusive. It’s such a cool shade – it makes you look red in the winter and more tanned in the summer. Finally, I love the Hermès lipstick in Rouge Orange. There are a few scents I come back to: Copal Azur salty and incensed by Aedes de Venustas, and Macanudo by Maison d’Etto, which is more grassy, ​​and Costa Brazil just released a scent, Aroma, which is really nice.

This interview has been edited and condensed.


In the two decades since Esha Soni Seetha began designing accessories for American fashion houses, including Proenza Schouler, where she still works, the Mumbai, India-born designer has embraced a slow mindset. fashion. For one thing, she thinks luxury goods should be rare investment pieces that last forever (and never depreciate). Now she brings that philosophy to her new namesake line, Esha Soni. Seetha spent three years working with artisans in Italy and New York to develop her debut collection, inspired by the field paintings of Jules Olitski and biomorphic shapes sculpted by Jean Arp, and includes three French calfskin handbags, in suede and spelled pony, as well as a sterling silver and gold vermeil necklace that resembles a strand of river stones and was a collaboration with jeweler Christine McPartland. The Arc tote tilts to one side in a way that makes you look twice, while the Slope seems to call for a cocktail. “I called it the bracelet bag,” Seetha says of her removable bracelet handle. Clever bags will always be at the heart of her brand, but she envisions Esha Soni’s client as someone who appreciates all kinds of beauty, and she is currently finalizing a selection of containers created with ceramicist Devin Fina that will be made to order. . “In a perfect world,” says Seetha, “every collection is born and exists and never dies.” Handbags starting at $1,950, eshasoni.com.


look at this

The resurgence of Scandinavian interior design trends in recent years has seen a ubiquity of warm woods, clean lines, and understated, inoffensive furniture. The polychrome cabinets by Amsterdam-based artists Gijs Frieling and Job Wouters, six of which are the duo’s first US solo show at the Future Perfect’s West Village outpost, shatter that stereotype. Working under the anglicised name FreelingWaters, the duo sourced 18th and 19th century pine cabinets from antique shops and adorned them with striking geometric shapes in a vibrant, mind-blowing palette. Frieling, a painter of traditional Dutch folk murals, and Wouters, who is known for his psychedelic calligraphy, have collaborated on art exhibitions, books and menswear since 2008, but moved into furniture in 2020 “There’s a tradition of what I call ‘poor man’s rococo’ in Northern European decorated furniture,” says Frieling, referring to how their cabinets extend a rural Dutch tradition of embellished objects. Each of the works is painted throughout, including the interior – the interiors feature more bursts of pattern, color, and, in one case, ghostly silhouettes of vases and ornate glassware. With their gradients, their lurches and their moiré patterns, the antiques are recast as curiosities of the contemporary era. According to Wouters, “We add a very thin layer that breathes new life into those old pieces that might otherwise be thrown away.” “FreelingWaters: Collection III” is on view until June 17 thefutureperfect.com.


try that

What does clean smell like? According to Diptyque, the French perfumery known for its candles and perfumes, it could be a stroll through a Mediterranean garden. At least that’s the evocation — via notes of lavender, cedar, and fig tree — imparted by the multi-surface cleaner in their new line of six-piece cleaning products, called La Droguerie, or “the pharmacy.” Created with the perfumer Olivier Pescheux, the nose behind the perfumes of Dior and Sisley, as well as several for Diptyque, the collection also includes dish soap, leather and wood conditioner and ceramic ovals to nestle in sweater or lingerie drawers – plus refills, to reduce waste. The soap is lemony, with notes of tangerine and orange blossom, and the lotion polishes these household materials while leaving a woody scent of patchouli. As this is Diptyque, there is of course a candle in the mix; the company’s partner, the fragrance manufacturer Givaudan, has developed a technology that allows candles not only to mask rancid or unpleasant odors, but also to absorb and replace them: in this case, it is with the scent of mint, basil and crushed tomato leaves. From $15, diptyqueparis.com.

Londoners Tobias Vernon, curator of 8 Holland Street art and design studio and gallery, and Christine Van Der Hurd, founder of textile studio Vanderhurd, are also close collaborators who, for more than a decade now, have designed interiors for various clients and traveled the world with a common eye for antiques. But it wasn’t until relatively recently that they embarked on their first joint product release, which came after spending a free afternoon on a work trip to New York in 2020 to see a retrospective. Donald Judd at the Museum of Modern Art. Checkerboard is a collection of six dhurrie rugs which, with their repeating patterns of squares, were inspired by Judd’s way of transforming space with cubic shapes. As Van Der Hurd puts it, “the plazas are very classical and architectural,” reminiscent of high-profile eras and styles, from ancient Rome to mid-century modernism. Crafted by North Indian artisans using hand-spun natural hemp in warm contrasting color combinations (rust and sky, black and ochre), the rugs are aptly named after different pieces of furniture. chess and feature squares of different sizes – “the bigger the squares, the more personality,” says Van Der Hurd. While the duo love bespoke design, Vernon notes that this collection aims to be versatile and not so “It’s both urban and rustic, historic and contemporary,” he says. “And, like chess, it’s kind of serious but it’s also meant to be playful.” From $1,450, 8hollandstreet.com.


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Faye Toogood wore the same pair of brown Carhartt men’s dungarees during studio work in her 20s, two pregnancies in her 30s and gardening in her 40s. “Although they’ve lasted almost 20 years of my life and washed them hundreds of times, they look and feel exactly like they did the first day I bought them,” says the British artist and designer, whose namesake London-based studio with sister Erica is launching a collaboration with Carhartt’s streetwear label, Work in Progress, this month. For the unisex six-piece collection, the sisters took the archetypal Carhartt WIP pieces and recut them to add the sculptural volume that characterizes Toogood garments. Offered in three neutral hues, the items maintain an appreciation of longevity and utility that the brands share. A button-up coat with a corduroy collar, the result of stitching Toogood’s Photographer jacket with Carhartt WIP’s Michigan chore coat, stands out. Its deep pockets and oversized shape make it easy to move around town or on cool summer evenings. Available from June 7 on tropbien.com and carhartt-wip.comand at select Carhartt WIP stores, including 286 Lafayette Street.


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