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Thai to go, plastic free
During the winter 2020 Paris lockdown, Rose Chalalai Singh, the chef and owner of popular Thai spot Rose Kitchen in the Marais, lamented the tsunami of trash that appeared on the city streets every day thanks to the increase in take-out orders. “I refuse to serve my food on plastic to anyone,” she says. She recalled her friend, artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, once suggesting that she pack take-out lunches in tiffins, the stackable metal containers frequently used by schoolchildren, farmers and office workers in Thailand and around the world. other parts of Asia. (When he was young, Tiravanija delivered them around Bangkok for his grandmother’s catering business.) Around the same time, Chalalai Singh’s catering business partner, Petra Lindbergh, saw the film from 2013 by Ritesh Batra, “The lunch boxin which tiffins feature prominently. So Chalalai Singh bought 100 of them in Thailand and then had blankets sewn for them from vintage military blankets. As of now, she’s offering the containers, which come in stacks of three, four, or five and are each filled with something different — larb gai, say, or sea bass wrapped in banana leaves — to her customers from catering, Hermès and the design agency Desselle Partenaires among them. Then his team collects them for reuse. From March, however, Rose Kitchen regulars can get in on the action, buying a tiffin at cost, dropping off the used container in the morning and picking up a fresh one at lunchtime. rosekitchenparis.com
This month, August Editions publishes “Selection: Art, Architecture and Design from Ronnie Sassoon’s Collection”, a sensory feast of a book that offers a compelling take on an aesthete’s vision for living with a radical art and revolutionary design. Inside are images of art historian, designer and collector Ronnie Sassoon’s three architecturally significant homes: Richard Neutra’s Levit House in Los Angeles; Stillman II by Marcel Breuer in Litchfield, Connecticut; and the Dean/Ceglic Loft in Soho, New York. In each of them, she has collected a significant range of works, ranging from pieces by radical Italians of the 1960s and 1970s artists and designers (in his Connecticut home, a white fiberglass Bazaar sofa by avant-garde architecture collective Superstudio winds through the TV room) to those of mid-century heavyweights such as Jean Prouvé and Carlo Scarpa. “It was really satisfying to see it all together,” Sassoon says. “I noticed a sort of evolution in my collection and a focus.” Scattered throughout the book are images of meals she has prepared (Sassoon is an avid home chef) as a reminder that these homes are also a backdrop for everyday life. $65, august-editions.com.
A magazine dedicated to Black Foodies
In 2017, Amber Mayfield launched her event agency, To stay, with the aim of collaborating with other minority-owned small businesses and bringing together a wide range of diners. Still, stories about the entertainment space felt frustrating and whitewashed, so she decided to change the landscape herself with While Entertaining, a magazine that features black foodies and includes essays and recipes, as well as reading lists and accommodation tips. Its third issue, titled “The Culture of Joy,” will be out next month and, as Mayfield writes in the editor’s letter, “is about the food that makes us dance after the first bite.” That includes Pecan Bread Pudding, the recipe for which is provided by David Benton, the pastry chef of Sugarsweet Cookie + Cake Studio in Oakland, Calif., and a sweet potato-centric supper from Therese Nelson, the chef and founder of Black Culinary History. . Flipping through, one gets the impression that Mayfield is a warm and generous host, the type to take care of guests and readers. On the back of the book is space for journaling – or planning a gathering. “I want people to share the dishes with the people they love,” Mayfield explains. The issue is currently available for pre-order in lineand will be on sale at various bookstores, including Kitchen Arts & Letters in Manhattan, Archestratus Books + Foods in Brooklyn, and Skylight Books in Los Angeles.
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An Icelandic gallery modeled on slow art
In 2017, the Marshall House, a former herring factory built on Reykjavik’s Grandi Harbour, reopened as a multipurpose art space that counts the Living Art Museum and Olafur Eliasson as tenants. As of this month, it is also home to i8 Grandi, a subsidiary of i8 Gallery, a 26-year-old mainstay just around the corner. The new space will feature works by some of the same artists as the original, but will adhere to an entirely different model: it plans to host solo exhibitions throughout the year in order to encourage artists and viewers to go far and deep. Appropriately, the first long-running exhibition focuses on ideas of space and time and, according to gallery owner Börkur Arnarson, will “breathe, grow, shrink and evolve” as the year progresses. It features works by Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade, who is interested in mathematical principles and the evolution of material objects – see “Stellar Day”, which consists of a rock that rotates 360 degrees counterclockwise in a just under 24 hours, and his sculpture of a chair made from an old bicycle. The show, the first iteration of which is titled “In Relation to the Sun”, will run until December 22 this year, www.i8.is.
Artist and jeweler Arje Griegst, who designed everything from the Conch Fountain in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens to porcelain for Royal Copenhagen to a tiara for the country’s queen, is a household name in Denmark. After his death in 2016, his son, photographer and filmmaker Noam Griegst, took over as artistic director of his father’s eponymous studio, and last fall he opened the brand’s first boutique in 30 years, in Copenhagen, “bringing together Griegst’s universe in my own way, while embodying his hallucinatory and opulent spirit”, as he puts it. This meant, in part, working with Georg Jensen to relaunch Spira, a line of rococo-handled silver flatware that Griegst began designing in the ’70s. It’s now available for the first time in nearly two decades, exclusively in the Griegst shop, and more reissues are to come. Noam plans to “reintroduce something from our archives every four or five years”, although he hints that a porcelain collection could arrive as soon as this year. griegst.com
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