A Zara Home collaboration with Vincent Van Duysen

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On the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, where a wild cloverleaf forest meets towering granite boulders, Joshua Tree Retreat Center is home to the first boutique property in Yucca Valley, a town known for its eclectic offering of renovated motels and private house rentals. . The 14 suites, now known as the Bungalows, were designed and built in 1960 by architect Harold Zook to house site teachers on campus. Located in the northwest corner of the center’s more than 130 acres of desert, the bungalows still feature their original wooden exteriors, while the interiors appear bleached in the sun, with earthy carpets of jute and seagrass, woven rattan chairs and intricate joinery to evoke a feeling of bare sand. The spaces were redesigned by hospitality company Homestead Modern and restored in collaboration with consulting designer Brad Dunning; in a nod to the work of Swiss architect Albert Frey, rooms are accented with yellow textiles the color of Encelia flowers, a hue popularized by Frey in his modernist structures in nearby Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels and sleek concrete floors blend with expansive outdoor patios and the views beyond. During a stay, you can cook on the communal grills on site or dine at the retreat center’s vegetarian cafe. Rooms starting at $250, retirement.homesteadmodern.com.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday this spring, Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen had the opportunity to look back. He delved into his archives both professionally – over the three decades of his career he has been known for a desaturated, soft-to-the-sense aesthetic, originally born as a rejection of the brash excess of the 80s. — and personal, via an analysis of its own living rooms, for an ongoing collaboration that debuts this month with fashion giant Zara’s homeware line. “I wanted to revisit my furniture ‘wardrobe’,” he says of the 19 products, which include furniture, lamps, rugs and small decorative items. Quality materials, such as solid French oak, sanded stone from Galicia, Spain (where Zara is headquartered), and pure cottons and linens were paramount, but as a “democrat in heart and A self-proclaimed ‘soul’, Van Duysen was drawn to the company’s philosophy of affordable fashion for everyone; the pieces have been designed to work with the scale and style of a city apartment or country home. “My furniture can find a place in any type of living room for any type of person anywhere in the world,” he says. Starting at $299, starting June 30, zarahome.com.

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Growing up, April Gargiulo’s home was notably devoid of artificial fragrances, lest they interfere with understanding a wine’s aroma. (Her family now owns Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.) “I have a relationship with fragrance, but in the natural world,” she says. When she launched her sustainable skincare line Vintner’s Daughter in 2013, a face oil won a devoted following as much for its lush botanical scent as for its formula, crafted from 22 nutritious botanicals. The brand’s first limited-edition fragrance oil, Understory, arrives this week and references the blend of flora along the forest floor, with notes of evergreen conifers, laurel and moss mixed with hints of of jasmine, violet leaf and soft petals. The bouquet is designed to be discreet. “Understory is not an announcement to others,” says Gargiulo, “but rather a moment of celebration with oneself and nature.” The slim roll-on applicator comes with a portable vegan leather pouch, so transport to a magical forest is never just a moment away. $245, vintnersdaughter.com.

When Nick Poe began sketching plans for Time, his new 25-seat restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown, he wanted the design to be unexpected. “There’s almost a formula for what a sushi restaurant looks like: maple wood, wabi-sabi,” says the architectural designer and co-owner, known for creating airy spaces like Sky Ting’s yoga studios and gym. Lee’s private dining room. Instead, he turned to the Parisian travels of Japanese surrealist artists like Iwata Nakayama and Kansuke Yamamoto in the 1920s; the result features the trademarks of French bistros and Tokyo sushi bars, from chairs covered in vintage Persian rugs to gleaming custom mirrors bearing the kanji for “sashimi” and “alcoholic beverages.” Chef Yukio Fukaya, most recently in Nare in Midtown, prepares seasonal omakase for eight diners seated in an oak bar topped with gleaming stainless steel. Next to him, two additional chefs prepare a spicy sesame cucumber salad and a chutoro with soy-dried egg yolks and fragrant nori rice for the packed downtown crowd. At sunset, brown paper inverted lamps on the original tin ceiling illuminate the hand-painted mural of an architectural model that wraps around the walls, drawing the eye to the street, where matcha martinis and tuna hand rolls are distributed from a side window overlooking the Manhattan Bridge. 105 Canal Street, timeoncanal.com.

The outline of one of Hollie Bowden’s low-key projects often begins with a single play. A recently completed apartment in Notting Hill, west London, was inspired entirely by, for example, an 18th-century marbled pale pink marble fireplace from Belgium. “I called myself a minimal maximalist because I love bare space with such a special object,” says the 38-year-old interior designer, who has decorated homes for singer FKA Twigs and a store for the British luxury brand Tanner Krolle. . But after 20 years of accumulating the kind of memorable one-off pieces that might suit clients, friends or herself (she’s renovating her family’s home in Finsbury Park, north London), she lacked ‘space ; hence the opening of the Gallery, an appointment shop right next to his studio in Shoreditch. On offer are design classics, such as a 1970s steel and leather lounge chair by Vittorio Introini for Saporiti and a beautifully weathered De Sede DS600 wave sofa, as well as more obscure treasures, including a ceramic walrus acquired in Mexico City. Then there’s the sturdy “Ebb” bedside table – Bowden’s first venture into homeware design and a collaboration with his partner, Byron Pritchard, a furniture designer who handcrafts the tables from walnut in his nearby Broadway Market studio. What won’t you find? Everything famous on Instagram. As Bowden says, “I always wanted this to be a subtle offering – a piece that says, ‘If you know, you know’.” E-mail [email protected] make an appointment for one hour.

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