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January 18, 2022
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Crocodile brains bring a winning formula to Bar Blondeau
When French brasserie Le Crocodile opened in a former industrial space at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it appeared as chefs Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber’s fully realized vision of a modern French brasserie. Now the duo, whose neighboring bistro Chez Ma Tante is another local staple, are teaming up with restaurateur Jon Neidich to bring a slightly scaled-down formula to Bar Blondeau, an intimate French-style bar tucked one floor above.
Guests are immediately greeted by a marble-topped bar clad in gleaming sea-green tiles that anchors a gold-accented dining room, which design firm Bonetti/Kozerski has adorned with natural oak walls and sumptuous leather banquettes. burgundy and dark green velvet. Don’t be fooled by the hotel’s rooftop setting; the 70-seat watering hole offers more than flashy digs and Instagram-ready views of the Manhattan skyline. Under ambient lighting with golden accents, guests sip sommelier Rafa Garcia Febles’ international selection of natural wines and beverage director Sorine Anderson’s craft cocktails, ranging from classic martinis to frozen drinks with a twist. On the menu: small plates of seafood with French, Spanish and Portuguese influences, including squid with black olive tapenade and grilled prawns garnished with citrus fruits, green garlic and chives.
Plant-based leather continues its path to mass market viability
the mushroom leather the arms race intensifies. After making waves with a partnership with Hermès, start-up Mycelium Material MycoWorks has announced that it has raised $125 million in a Series C funding round. Founded in 2013, the company developed a proprietary material called Reishi using mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms. The hardware was already a hot commodity among celebrity investors and fashion brands – Natalie Portman, John Legend and big brands were among the headliners contributing to the $45 million raised in Series B in 2020.
MycoWorks says it will use the funding to open a new facility in Emeryville, Calif., that will produce millions of square feet of materials per year. Competitors in the field of plant-based leather have reached their own milestones in recent years. Bolt Threads has collaborated with Kering, Stella McCartney, Adidas, Lululemon and Ganni, while Ecovative has partnered with fashion groups Bestseller and PVH to incubate materials for future commercial use.
Luteca is entering Europe with a new showroom at Galerie Vivienne in Paris.
Luteca may be a relatively young furniture company, but its presence is growing rapidly. The contemporary Mexican design brand recently opened a showroom at Galerie Vivienne in Paris, marking its European debut after expanding to New York from Mexico City. Designed by French architect Aurel Delaroière, the new space nods to Luteca’s Mexican modernist roots with terracotta details and indoor trees that evoke the laid-back atmosphere and cultural heritage of his country of origin. ‘origin. “[Aure] knows the culture, the architecture and the types of materials used in Mexico, and we wanted to create a space with a lot of emotion and very welcoming, a bit like the way of life and hospitality in Latin America”, Amanda Reant, who co-founded Luteca in 2015 with her husband Sébastien, tells Wallpaper.
A new startup aims to eliminate the 75 million gallons of paint wasted each year.
Up Paint collects used paint from drop-off points across the country, processes and purifies it, then adds its own pigments to create one of 18 colors in its range. In addition to being good for the environment, the company’s products will provide consumers with great value – at $40 a gallon, it’s cheaper than many brands on the market. “Right now, there is a patchwork system for collecting unused paint that varies from state to state,” says founder Dustin Martin. “But it created an opportunity for us to recycle that paint and sell it through our brand.”
Big Tech lacks promise to solve the affordable housing crisis.
Over the past few years, Apple, Google and Meta have all pledged to create more than 40,000 affordable homes in California, a state plagued by a severe housing crisis. Recent reports show that the three tech giants have fell terribly short on their promises and only financed 1,500 completed homes. Although zoning laws and pandemic restrictions are partly to blame, critics note that the companies are trying to solve a problem they helped create and that the promises they made to solve the problem were fueled to counter negative publicity.
Eriko Kasahara designs an ornate funeral hall and an ornate cafe in Saitama, Japan.
Inspired by a conservatory surrounded by glass, Japanese designer Eriko Kasahara Flowery Cafe and Bloomy’s Funeral Home in Saitama disrupts the solemn atmosphere of traditional funeral homes. The verdant interiors are clad in warm woods, full-height glass walls and eco-friendly KEIM mineral paint, a vernacular that promotes physical and mental well-being.
Salone del Mobile organizers are postponing the show to June 7-12 due to the pandemic.
The Salone del Mobile has been postponed to June 7-12 due to security concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for early April, the fair hopes the newly announced dates will attract more attendees from around the world. “The decision to postpone the event will allow exhibitors, visitors, journalists and the entire furniture and design community to make the most of an event that promises to be rich in new products in complete safety”, said Maria Porro, president of Salone del Mobile. in a report. “As well as celebrating a major anniversary, the event will emphasize the theme of sustainability, acting as a showcase for the progress being made in this regard by creatives, designers and businesses.” Maison & Objet and the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair also recently postponed their editions this year.
Today’s attractive distractions:
Color palettes on TV shows and movies feel more gray than in past decades.
Instagram is developing a feature that allows users configure their profile grid.
After seven decades, the French dressing will no longer have a reason to exist official definition.
For three days, artists performed at the top melting icebergs on Sydney Harbour.