2021年12月1日 星期三

The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part I

Kitschy ornaments, handwoven throws, a pine-scented essential oil — and more.

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. For this week and the next, we've turned it into a holiday gift guide, with recommendations from T staffers on what we're coveting for ourselves this season, as well as the gifts we're thinking of giving our friends and loved ones. Sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. You can always reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.

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SCENT OF THE SEASON

An Essential Oil Made From Your Christmas Tree

Left: an essential oil made from a Christmas tree by Flamingo Estate, $350. Email trees@flamingoestate.com to schedule a pickup.Courtesy of Flamingo Estate

For 11 months of the year, I pretend I don't like Christmas, but when I smell fresh pine needles for the first time each December — wafting from a stand selling wreaths on a New York street corner, maybe, or from a garland on a friend's mantelpiece — the illusion is quickly shattered. Few scents are as lush and woodsy, or as evocative of cold nights warmed by candles and wine. This year, Flamingo Estate, the Los Angeles-based food and wellness company, is offering a new service through which it will pick up your Christmas tree from your door (if you live in either New York or L.A.) in late December and steam distill its branches to create an aromatic essential oil that will then be mailed back to you in an elegant glass bottle — meaning that your home can smell like a pine forest through the end of winter and beyond. Any waste left over from the process will be used as compost for the brand's garden in Highland Park.

SWEET TREATS

Arty Chocolate and Japanese-Inspired Candies

From left: Casa Bosques's holiday bundle, $60, casabosques.co; a chocolate bar from La Nef, from $8, lanefchocolate.com; crystal candies from Balbosté, about $34, shop.balboste.com.From left: Courtesy of Casa Bosques; Courtesy of La Nef; Courtesy of Balbosté

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What better way to sweeten the holiday season than with actual sweets? For the artistically inclined chocolate lovers in your life, try a bar from the small-batch confectionary La Nef Chocolate. Each one is crafted in Bath, Maine, and wrapped in packaging that features the work of a local artist. I'm partial to the dark chocolate with nonpareils, and art by the painter Caroline Boylston. (A portion of the proceeds from this bar go to Spindleworks, a nonprofit arts center for adults with disabilities.) Also worth a taste and look are the ginger, bay leaf and chamomile flower bars that are part of Casa Bosques's Makers Series ($20 each) — they were a collaboration between the Mexico City-based chocolatier and the chef and artist DeVonn Francis, and all proceeds from them support Black trans people via the Okra Project — or the brand's three seasonal bars, which include a crisp, spicy Speculoos cookie covered in rich dark chocolate and in packaging printed with photography taken by Casa Bosques founder Rafael Prieto on his travels. For a different kind of treat entirely, consider a box of Balbosté's crystals, inspired by the Japanese gemlike candy kohakutou — or its white-chocolate-topped matcha fortune cookies (complete with personalized messages within), so delicate they can only be purchased in-person, at the Balbosté store in Paris.

HIGH CULTURE

Glass Pipes in Fun Hues and Fruity Forms

Flower by Edie Parker Glass Fruit Pipes, from $95, edieparkerflower.com.Courtesy of Edie Parker

In 2019, Brett Heyman, the designer behind the fashion accessory brand Edie Parker, best known for its acrylic clutches with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, launched Flower by Edie Parker, which offers lighters, rolling trays and other cannabis-related ephemera, all in vibrant hues like aquamarine, periwinkle and bubble gum pink. These borosilicate glass pipes from the line — modeled after grapes, a banana, an orange and, my favorite, a cherry — double as cutesy home objects that can be on display even while parents are visiting. With Flower, Heyman aims to further destigmatize the use of cannabis and support criminal reform efforts, so if you're looking to give back this season, consider purchasing one of these fun Flower T-shirts or totes, 15 percent of proceeds from which will, depending on the item, be donated either to the Last Prisoner Project, Feeding America, the National Center for Transgender Equality or the Women's Prison Association.

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DAINTY DECORATIONS

Kitschy Ornaments and Handcrafted Garlands

John Derian Ornaments, from $9, johnderian.com, and Toast Ginkgo Dip Dyed Paper Garland, $26, us.toa.st.Clockwise from top left: Wikitoria/Moraski Ornaments (2); Wikitoria Ornaments; Impuls Ornaments (2); Courtesy of TOAST

After years of minimalist studio living, I am now the lucky tenant of an apartment with a sitting room — one with dark-wood paneling and leaded glass windows offering sometimes-snowy views — that all but demands some holiday decorations. After much scrolling, I've landed on these paper garlands with dip-dyed petals shaped like ginkgo leaves, which are handmade by artisans in Delhi and available from the British brand Toast — and on a few kitschy, antique-style ornaments from John Derian. New for this year are a range of mushrooms and various New York City-centric options, including an especially lustrous Statue of Liberty. They're sure to be crowd-pleasers so, having made the rare effort, I may just have to throw a party.

URBAN FARMING

DIY Mushrooms

Mushrooms grown from Smallhold's grow kits, from $34, and "Mushrooms in the Middle: A Smallhold Cookbook," $30, smallhold.com.Phyllis Ma (mushrooms); Laura Murray (book cover)

By Caroline Newton

Mushrooms may be an it-food among health-conscious types right now, but a delivery of funghi will still make for a delightfully unexpected holiday gift. The New York-based company Smallhold is on a mission to decrease the distance its mushrooms have to travel to reach their customers, and has installed miniature organic mushroom farms in the Standard, East Village hotel, the Lower Eastside Girls Club and various other locations across the city. It also offers grow kits that allow the recipient to grow mushrooms in their own kitchen. Each one comes with a starter block of either blue oyster or lion's mane mushrooms that, if tended to correctly (all an amateur cultivator will need is water, a rubber-band and a knife), can yield up to two pounds of fresh mushrooms over the course of two or three flushes, or crops. Given all that bounty, you might consider pairing a kit with the brand's new cookbook, "Mushrooms in the Middle," which upgrades the food from side dish to main event.

ON THE COUCH

Four Sumptuous Throws

From left: Attersee Herringbone Wrap, $595, shopattersee.com; Ezcaray Matisse throw, $325, goodeeworld.com; Blacksaw Icon Reversible throw, $398, blacksaw.co; Jonathan Saunders Nani Blanket, $650, matchesfashion.com.From left: Courtesy of Attersee; Courtesy of Goodee World; Courtesy of Blacksaw; Courtesy of Saunders

At my childhood home, cozying up on the couch for a seasonal movie has become as much a holiday tradition as decorating the tree — we're a "Christmas Story" family — and essential to the viewing experience is the perfect throw: Ezcaray, a textile house based in Spain, hand-weaves its brightly hued Matisse throws from a blend of fibers, including mohair and wool. Jonathan Saunders, the fashion-turned-furniture designer, offers a cheerful striped blanket (named after his design assistant, Nani) with contrasting colored panels. For a more neutral option, there's Blacksaw's reversible black-and-white Icon throw, which is made from baby alpaca and was designed in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based artist John Zabawa, or the Herringbone wrap from Attersee, which has a smart leather trim and looks just as chic tossed on a chair as it does worn over the shoulders.

LUCKY CHARMS

Letter Pendants Made of Diamonds, Quartz and Gold

Foundrae's Sealed Gemstone Initial Pendants, $1,950 each, foundrae.com.Courtesy of Foundrae

The striking gold medallions from the New York-based jewelry brand Foundrae, which are often cast with astrological or mythological symbols, all have a slightly supernatural feel, as if they might be vessels inhabited by powerful but benign spirits. The line's sealed initial charms, though, are especially otherworldly, and one would make a perfect gift if you're looking to really treat a loved one this month. Composed of a diamond-inlaid gold letter set within two crystalline planes of quartz sealed within a gold casing, each piece brings to mind an ancient creature preserved in amber, or perhaps a part of a long-lost missive frozen in ice.

TABLE TRIMMINGS

An Ice Bucket to Keep the Punch Cold, and Glasses to Serve It In

From left: Carolina Irving & Daughters' Mini Ice Bucket, $65, ci-daughters.com; Sirius Glassworks' Iridescent Nassau Cup, $60 each, mociun.com.From left: Courtesy of Carolina Irving & Daughters, Courtesy of Mociun.

By Samantha Andriano

For me, the inability to have people over for much of the past two years because of the pandemic has now inspired a renewed interest in entertaining in my apartment, which has meant refreshing my tableware — and all the better if the pieces themselves reflect interpersonal bonds. This mini ice bucket from Carolina Irving & Daughters — founded by the textile designer and her two daughters, Olympia and Ariadne — was inspired by medieval pottery and crafted in Portugal. And the iridescent Nassau cups from Sirius Glassworks in Ontario mark the first-ever collaboration between the glassblower Peter Gudrunas, who founded the brand in the 1970s, and his daughter, the artist and filmmaker Iris Fraser-Gudrunas. They're the kind of special, handmade pieces that your guests will want to own, too, and you'd be a hero to oblige them.

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2021年11月24日 星期三

The T List: Five things we recommend this week

A Juergen Teller monograph, mezcal with a mission — and more.

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. Each week, we share things we're eating, wearing, listening to or coveting now. Sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.

EAT THIS

Shopping the Sicilian Way

Left: the interior of Tenuta market. Right: the shop's exterior on West Main Street in North Canaan, Conn.Eric Petschek
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By Kari Molvar

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After a stint soaking up Sicilian cuisine and visiting flour mills, citrus groves and cheese makers at the Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School southeast of Palermo, Ian Edwards, a former director of public relations at Alexander Wang, opened Tenuta, an Italian food market in North Canaan, Conn., with his partner, Travis Powell. The shop is organized not by food type but by family estate — tenuta in Italian — with Polaroids illustrating the makers and their process, which Edwards sees as a way to "emotionally connect patrons to the producers." Some of the singular products on offer: red-onion mostarda; La Nicchia capers, enriched by the island of Pantelleria's volcanic soil; stone-milled, bronze-cut Filippo Drago busiate pasta, the coarse texture of which "creates the perfect surface for sauces," says Edwards. tenuta.market.

WEAR THIS

Homage in Wood and Silver

Celine's Nevelson Project necklace.Hedi Slimane

Last year, Hedi Slimane, the creative director of Celine, introduced the Celine Artist Jewelry Program, a series of collaborations with the estates of some of his favorite 20th-century artists. The first installment was a necklace of compressed vermeil in the style of the French sculptor César; for the second, which launches this month, Slimane has chosen the pioneering American artist Louise Nevelson, known for her monumental works of mostly found objects often painted black, as well as her own personal style that incorporated self-made jewelry (which Slimane likens to "miniature sculptures"). Each necklace, from a limited edition of 50, is made of oakwood and either sterling silver or vermeil and features a pendant in Nevelson's elegantly abstract sculptural manner, housed in a black box engraved with the artist's signature. From $4,500, celine.com.

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READ THIS

A Legendary Fashion Photographer Retrospects

Kate Moss photographed by Juergen Teller for an Index magazine supplement, London, 1998.© Juergen Teller, all rights reserved

By Alison Hugill

T Contributor

For the past 25 years — ever since he shot a nude Kristen McMenamy with the word "Versace" scrawled across her chest and enclosed in a red lipstick heart in 1996 — Juergen Teller has been one of the most provocative, influential and in-demand fashion and celebrity photographers. But his pictures also often resonate beyond their commercial origins, and so a book-length monograph of his oeuvre is as welcome as it is overdue. "Donkey Man and Other Stories" is a collection of his voluminous magazine commissions; portraits of family members, fauna and landscapes; and brief reminiscences both by and of Teller. Iconic photos of Kurt Cobain, Charlotte Rampling, Kate Moss, et al., sit side by side with almost human-seeming frogs (a recurring motif) and invariably phallic still lifes. Regardless of subject matter, jarring juxtapositions are the rule: snails and peaches; nude models prancing in the Louvre; a callipygian Kim Kardashian in stockings and heels scaling a sandpit. $150, rizzoli.com.

DRINK THIS

Restoring Mezcal's Mystique

Agua Mágica mezcal with a limited-edition gift box by the artist Miguel Cárdenas.David Baum

By Michaela Trimble

T Contributor

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Rafael Shin, the founder of the premium mezcal Agua Mágica, is determined to save tequila's smokier cousin from its own popularity. Now that mezcal has assumed pride of place in many a common cocktail, the demand for the cheap stuff has spiked, leading to a race to the bottom as producers seek to fill the void. Shin, South Korean by birth but raised in Mexico, has gone wholly in the other direction, working solely with local mezcaleros in the Oaxacan town of San Juan del Río, whose soil, altitude and abundance of fresh river water have long lent it a certain mystique among mezcal makers. "The mission of our company is to redirect the growth of mezcal and preserve the local communities," he says. The result, Agua Mágica, offers sweet and earthy notes of subtle smoke, banana and almond, and is intended to be savored neat or on the rocks. From $70, aguamagica.com.

COVET THIS

Cabinets of Curiosities

From left: Jessica McCormack's It's a Trip Heirloom Jewelry Box, Sky High Ring Box and Be More Pacific Heirloom Watch & Jewelry Box.Courtesy of Jessica McCormack

By Sophie Bew

T Contributor

Fine jeweler Jessica McCormack's devotion to diamonds extends even to how they're housed. For her bespoke Luxury Heirloom Boxes, the designer, whose exquisite creations have been worn by Zoë Kravitz and Dakota Johnson, reimagines antique jewelry cases with hand marquetry and personalized silk-embroidered velvet interiors. And after a recent sold-out experimental collaboration with the Haas brothers — the artist duo renowned for their sculptures of surreal creatures — that "pushed my creative boundaries," McCormack has teamed with them again on three new fantastical boxes in an epic juxtaposition of luxury and kook: an 18th-century satinwood ring box resting on a writhing mass of bronze tentacles; a double watch box in Georgian mahogany with drawers lined with embroidered cephalopods and a cabochon-inlaid tentacle-shaped tiepin; and a full-size jewelry box in Victorian coromandel wood with a secret drawer whose stitching depicts a sort of psychedelic orgy. jessicamccormack.com.

FROM T'S INSTAGRAM

Miyazaki Returns

On one of T's Holiday covers: a film still from "Spirited Away" (2001), directed by Hayao Miyazaki.© 2001 Studio Ghibli

Animation's greatest magician, the Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki, now 80, is coming out of retirement to cast one last spell. With his films, from "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988), with its vision of gentle friendship between two children and an enormous growling forest creature whom only they can see, to the ecological epic "Princess Mononoke" (1997), whose title character, a human raised by wolves, first appears sucking blood out of a wound in her wolf mother's side, to the phantasmagorical fable "Spirited Away" (2001), in which a timid girl must learn pluck and save her foolish parents by working at a bathhouse that caters to a raucous array of gods, Miyazaki renders the wildest reaches of imagination and the maddest swirls of motion almost entirely by hand. "I believe that the tool of an animator is the pencil," he tells Ligaya Mishan in a rare interview for T's Holiday issue. His visual style, which he honed while working at the Toei Animation studio in the '60s and '70s alongside his mentor and future Studio Ghibli co-founder and collaborator Isao Takahata, is at once commanding and intimate, and above all, his films are thrilling. The forthcoming one concerns a 15-year-old boy in Tokyo, small for his age and fond of mischief, whose father has recently died. It's titled "How Do You Live?" To read the full story, visit us at tmagazine.com, and follow us on Instagram.

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