A collaboration between Zara Home and Vincent Van Duysen – 71Bait

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On the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, where a forest of wild paloverde trees meets towering granite cliffs, the Joshua Tree Retreat Center welcomes the first boutique hotel in Yucca Valley, a city known for its eclectic offering of renovated motels and rentals is known. The 14 suites, now known as Bungalows, were designed and built in 1960 by architect Harold Zook as on-campus accommodation for the site’s teachers. Located in the northwest corner of the center’s more than 130-acre desert, the bungalows still feature their original wooden facade, while interiors appear sun-bleached, with earthy jute and seagrass carpets, woven cane-back chairs, and intricate millwork to give a bare-sand feel. 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 fabrics the color of Encelia flowers, a hue popularized by Frey in his Modernist buildings in nearby Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels and sleek concrete floors merge with expansive outdoor terraces and the view beyond. During a stay, guests can cook on the property’s communal grills or dine at the retreat center’s vegetarian cafe. Rooms from $250, retreat.homesteadmodern.com.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday this spring, the Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen was able to look back. He delved into his archives, both professionally — throughout his three decades of career he was known for a desaturated, mellow aesthetic originally born as a rejection of the brazen excess of the ’80s — and personally, via an analysis of his own living rooms, for an ongoing collaboration that begins this month with fashion giant Zara’s homeware line. “I wanted to review my ‘closet’ of furniture,” he says of the 19 products, including furniture, lamps, rugs and smaller decorative items. Quality materials such as solid French oak, cut stone from Galicia, Spain (where Zara’s headquarters are located) and pure cotton and linen were paramount, but as a self-proclaimed “democrat with heart and soul”, Van Duysen was drawn to it company ethos 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 pieces of furniture find a place in every living room for every type of person, anywhere in the world,” he says. Starting at $299, starting June 30th zarahome.com.

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Growing up, April Gargiulo’s home was particularly free of artificial fragrances so they wouldn’t interfere with capturing a wine’s aroma. (Her family now owns Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.) “I have a relationship with scents, but in the natural world,” she says. However, when she launched her sustainable skincare line, Vintner’s Daughter, in 2013, a facial oil gained a loyal following for both its rich botanical scent and its formula, which is made with 22 nourishing plants. The brand’s first limited-edition perfume oil, Understory, is released this week and references the flora along the forest floor, with notes of evergreen conifers, laurel and moss mixed with hints of jasmine, violet leaves and soft flower petals. The bouquet is unobtrusive. “Understory isn’t about an announcement to others,” Gargiulo says, “it’s about a moment of celebration with yourself and with nature.” magical woodland is always just a short dab away. $245 winzertochter.com.

When Nick Poe began making plans for Time, his new 25-seat restaurant Manhattan’s Chinatown, he wanted the design to be unexpected. “There’s almost a formula for what a sushi restaurant should look like: maple wood, wabi-sabi,” says the architectural designer and co-owner, known for creating airy spaces like Sky Ting Yoga Studios and Lee’s Private Dining Room. Instead, he considered the Parisian travels of Japanese Surrealist artists such as Iwata Nakayama and Kansuke Yamamoto in the 1920s; The result showcases hallmarks of French bistros and Tokyo sushi bars alike, from chairs reupholstered in antique Persian rugs to gleaming mirrors bearing the kanji for “sashimi” and “alcoholic beverages.” Chef Yukio Fukaya, most recently at Midtown’s Nare, crafts seasonal omakase for eight guests seated at an oak bar topped with gleaming stainless steel. Alongside him, two other chefs prepare spicy sesame-cucumber salad and chutoro with soy-cured egg yolk and fragrant nori rice for the packed downtown crowd. As the sun goes down, brown paper Lamps inverted on the original tin ceiling illuminate the hand-painted fresco of an architectural model that wraps around the walls and draws the eye onto the street, where matcha martinis and tuna hand buns are served out of a side window overlooking the Manhattan Bridge will. 105 Kanalstrasse, timeoncanal.com.

The plan for one of Hollie Bowden’s tastefully subdued projects often begins with a single play. A recently completed apartment in Notting Hill, west London, for example, was entirely inspired by an 18th-century pale pink marble fireplace, imported from Belgium. “I’ve labeled myself a minimal-maximalist because I love the bare space with such a special object,” says the 38-year-old interior designer, who has furnished apartments for singer FKA Twigs and a shop for British luxury brand Tanner Krolle. But after spending 20 years accumulating the kind of memorable one-offs that could be just right for clients, friends or herself (she’s renovating her family’s home in Finsbury Park, north London), she ran out of space; hence the opening of The Gallery, an appointment-only shop adjacent to her studio in Shoreditch. On offer are design classics, like a 1970s steel-and-leather daybed by Vittorio Introini for Saporiti and a handsomely weathered De Sede DS600 rocking sofa, alongside more obscure treasures, including a ceramic walrus purchased in Mexico City. Then there’s the solid ‘Ebb’ bedside table – Bowden’s first foray into homeware design and a collaboration with her partner Byron Pritchard, a furniture designer who handcrafted the tables in walnut at his studio in nearby Broadway Market. What won’t you find? Anything famous on Instagram. As Bowden puts it, “I’ve always wanted it to be a subtle offering — a piece that says, ‘If you know, you know.'” E-mail galerie@holliebowden.com make an appointment for an hour.

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