2020年5月6日 星期三

The T List: Five things we recommend this week

Iced cookies too exquisite to eat — and more.

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Iced Cookies Too Exquisite to Eat

Left: a batch of Papava cookies, made for T, based on Japanese produce. Right: a raspberry-flavored batch shaped like sakura, or cherry blossoms.Poppy Cosyns

By Katherine Cusumano

T Contributor

Poppy Cosyns has been making ambitious desserts, from swooping meringues to what she describes as “kitschy cupcakes,” since she was a teenager, but it wasn’t until her 20s, while working at a London bakery, that she learned to ice cookies. She found it to be something of an artistic endeavor, akin to creating miniature canvases out of sugar and pigment, but chafed at the predictability of the designs expected of her at work. And so, earlier this year, Cosyns launched her own bespoke iced-cookie operation, Papava (a derivative of papaver, the Latin word for “poppy”), out of her Hackney kitchen. Her elaborate, sugar-spun designs frequently reference antique manuscripts and work by Japanese artists (Cosyns has a master’s in Japanese Studies from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies): a rotund daikon radish, for example, draws on illustrations in the Seikei Zusetsu, an agricultural encyclopedia compiled between 1793 and 1804. For T, she made a batch modeled on Japanese produce (above left), including a plump persimmon and a kabocha squash — “nice, squidgy vegetables,” she says. “The chubby form is something that really appeals to me.” But it’s not only about aesthetics for Cosyns: The sweets, adapted from a classic sugar cookie recipe in variations like matcha and lemon poppy seed, have, she says, “a nice crumbly texture and a good snap.” From $55, email papava.sugarcraft@gmail.com to order.

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A Design Auction for a Good Cause

Left: the Blossoms vase by Studio Wieki Somers. Right: the Ombre Glass chair by Germans Ermics with Rossana Orlandi Gallery.Left: courtesy of Studio Wieki Somers. Right: courtesy of Rossana Orlandi Gallery

By Meredith Mendelsohn

T Contributor

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When Milan’s highly anticipated Design Week, which includes the annual Salone del Mobile fair, was canceled earlier this spring, designers around the world were especially moved to help the Italian city, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. “Milan has done so much for design, and it’s a place where you can go and get exposure, even when you are young,” Francesco Mainardi, of the Milan-based studio and creative agency Mr. Lawrence, told me. He and his partner, Annalisa Rosso, received a deluge of calls from concerned colleagues around the world and, in response, quickly pulled together Design Loves Milano, a 138-lot online auction of limited-edition and one-of-a-kind objects donated by more than 80 international designers, architects and dealers. Scheduled for May 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern time, and hosted by the Milan-based Cambi Auction House, the sale will in part benefit research efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine and antibody test at the city’s Luigi Sacco Hospital. (Donors are contributing either half or all of their proceeds, and Cambi is forgoing all of its fees.) It’s a great way to rationalize splurging on a special piece, and there are many to covet, from vintage furniture and lighting by iconic Italian modernists like Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa to finds by sought-after contemporary makers, such as this Ombre Glass chair by the Amsterdam-based Germans Ermics and these handmade fiberglass stools designed by the British sensation Faye Toogood. cambiaste.com.

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A Painter’s Glance at the Tree Tops

Nicolas Party’s “Trees” (2020).© Nicolas Party, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

On Thursday, Hauser & Wirth will open “Canopy,” an online exhibition of 11 watercolors that the New York City-based artist Nicolas Party has created during his time in self-isolation. Though Party primarily works with pastels (and uses oil on his sculptural work), he was drawn to the compactness and mobility of watercolors — given that he is currently working without a proper studio space in upstate New York. “For travelers and scientists in the 18th century, watercolor was a great medium for setting up shop anywhere,” Party explained. Known for his bright, Fauvist-like use of color, Party cast his eye upward, to the tops of trees, which he rendered in shades ranging from hot pinks and oranges to more traditional forest greens. Trees are a recurring subject for the artist, who says he is never painting any particular tree but what he describes as an “archetype of a tree.” As we anxiously wait for the worst of the pandemic to pass, the arrival of spring offers a sliver of hope in revealing nature’s power to persist — and create beauty. “It’s a very visual moment in the year right now,” said Party. “There’s a lot of movement in our heads, even as we have all slowed down and stopped, but the outside hasn’t, really.” “Canopy” goes live at 10 a.m. on May 7, 2020, hauserwirth.com.

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The First Bedding Collection From a Beloved Textile Brand

Courtesy of Block Shop Textiles

As in many New York apartments that might be described as cozy and are now functioning as offices, my bed has become my desk (and breakfast table and movie theater). The softness of my timeworn bedding is soothing, yes, but I’m due for an update. And so I was excited to learn that Block Shop Textiles — the Los Angeles-based line helmed by the sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman and known for its vibrant scarves and home goods hand-block-printed by two family-owned studios in Jaipur, India — is launching its first-ever collection of duvets, quilts and shams. The hot pink duvet cover featuring pinstripes and a simple geometric motif has especially caught my eye. “We love the image of the artist working from bed, from Edith Wharton writing while surrounded by overstuffed pillows and terriers to Matisse sketching on his walls with his brush affixed to a six-foot bamboo stick,” Hopie told me. Of course, working from home is a luxury not afforded to everyone in the midst of the pandemic — thus, Block Shop has teamed up with Suay, a local woman-owned sew shop, to produce masks for essential workers. The masks will also be available to regular customers, and 100 percent of the profits will go to a newly launched food bank for Los Angeles’s garment workers. From $75, blockshoptextiles.com.

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WFH-Worthy House Slippers

From left: house slippers from Celine by Hedi Slimane, About Arianne, Folk Fortune, Miu Miu and the Row.Courtesy of the brands. Miu Miu image courtesy of Farfetch

Growing up in a Korean household, house slippers — the cushioned, slip-on mules that I’d change into upon returning home — were mandatory. They were more functional than fashionable: My parents would get mine (and still get theirs) at the local Korean grocery store. When I moved away for college, I took the tradition with me but opted for more stylish pairs; now that I’m working from home, I wanted to find a pair of even nicer slippers to trick myself into feeling like I’ve gotten dressed. There’s the Spanish brand About Arianne, which uses local leather craftsmen and puts comfort first. I’m partial to the line’s suede wedge style, with its soft cotton lining. Meanwhile, the Canadian brand Folk Fortune, which supports local artisans all around the world, has sourced these handcrafted raffia slippers from Morocco in an upbeat lime green. In my dreams, I’d wear the so-called sock shoes from the Row, a slip-on flat made from a sheer nylon mesh, available in neutrals and a soft lavender perfect for spring; elsewhere, Celine offers a leather babouche that comes in a buttery soft calfskin in white, black and python, and Miu Miu makes a minimalist slip-on flat decorated with a string of dainty crystals.

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Eight Photographers’ Pictures From Isolation

Alec Soth’s “Untitled” (2020).Alec Soth

T asked a number of contemporary photographers, many of whom typically derive inspiration from the wider world, how they are approaching a newfound intimacy with the ordinary, and to share what they have invented within it. Some relayed almost mystical encounters with nature and the animal world: Domingo Milella discovered ancient symbols on the rugged outskirts of Bari, Italy; Richard Mosse communed with the craggy topography of the Burren landscape in Ireland; Asako Narahashi, in Japan, found solace alongside a rescued cat. Others have found ongoing projects imbued with fresh relevance. See more — and follow us on Instagram.

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