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A Parisian wine bar with great appetizers and tunes
Bambino, a lively restaurant on rue Saint-Sébastien in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, was inspired by jazz in Tokyo kisses Cafes, with their extensive record collections and impressive sound systems, and from Romano in Tel Aviv, which has an open kitchen and an oversized bar where you can eat without ever having to sit down. Restaurateur Fabien Lombardi wanted to create a similarly relaxed and festive atmosphere with his seventh space. “I’ve lived in Paris for over 10 years but realized I still lacked a place that I felt like I could go to full time,” he says. The result is inviting indeed, with a “la fête,” or party atmosphere, building up as each night progresses: the main countertop faces a large, mid-century wooden sound system set amidst Lombardi’s personal collection of vinyl records – mostly hip hop, soul, funk and jazz – spun on a loop behind the bar. The rest of the space is optimally set up for dining and dancing, as high tables encourage guests to fuel up on sophisticated bites paired with draft beers, cocktails or natural wine. And while the food service ends at 11:00 p.m., the dancing continues until 2:00 a.m bambinoparis.com
Resistance to the label ‘pandemic paintings’ is understandable, but London-based Glasgow artist Gabriella Boyd understands why the series of 15 works she has created over the past two years could be read as such: the narrow, Layered oil compositions depict ambiguous figures—“on either side of comfort or discomfort,” as she puts it—in domestic spaces, and who are often seen caring for one another in configurations that make them lovers, family members, or nurses and patients could. The canvases convey “a lot of compassion and warmth, but there’s also so much claustrophobia,” says Boyd, whose first solo show in the United States, Signal, opens Thursday at the Friends Indeed Gallery in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Hand-held hair dryers in several works, for example, are read as both weapons and maintenance tools. Elsewhere, swarms of red dots indicate both infection and decoration. “How can one not see germs and diseases after what we have experienced?” asks the artist. Later this year, the Grimm Gallery will bring Boyd’s work to New York, first for a group show of new British paintings this summer and then for a solo show in November. “Signal” runs until May 13th. friendsindeed.art.
Pajamas printed with memories of summer travel
Molly Goddard and Joel Jeffery, the founders of London-based pajama brand Desmond & Dempsey, needed a pick-me-up and were unable to capitalize on the ideas that usually arise during their travels due to the pandemic restrictions and sent an email to her customers in early 2021, who invite her to share their best summer memories for a new Summer Stories collection. They were enthralled by the ensuing flurry, which featured vivid descriptions of rough nights in New York City, summer festivals in Tokyo, tennis matches in Palm Springs and more. The resulting sleepwear, which debuts this month, features details from some of the submissions in print — there’s a tropical floral pattern reminiscent of tablecloths at a Mexican restaurant, and there are pool scenes reminiscent of old Palm Springs advertisements, as well as a solid sky blue modeled on the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. For the Summer Dusk pattern, reminiscent of that lazy time of day in Savannah, Georgia, print designer Ana Santos sprayed over real Spanish moss and let negative space dictate the ethereal, cloud-like motif. Each transports in its own way, although linen and cotton sets will no doubt be worn when traveling this summer as whole new memories are made. From $48, desmondanddempsey.com.
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A Charleston, SC hotel to call home for a little bit
To date, Charleston, SC’s hotel scene has largely consisted of a mix of grande dame properties and boutiques that are as quaint as you’d expect from a Southern town, with cobblestone lanes and pastel-colored facades. The Pinch, from the team behind Method Co., offers something different: 25 apartment-style units spread across three restored ones Victorian buildings in the heart of historic downtown. The entrance is tucked away down a stone alley lit with copper-colored gas lanterns, and just beyond is a lobby with wide plank floors and open doors overlooking a courtyard that feels like the solarium of an eclectic country house. The apartments are cozy too, softening Charleston’s old-fashioned charm with a dose of modern comforts: Lithographs by David Salle line the walls, as well as vintage photographs, psychedelic prints, and original paintings by the likes of Kelsey Brookes and Fausto Rossi; Each also includes a full-size kitchen with a farmhouse sink and unfinished brass fittings by English company deVOL. Those who’d rather leave the cooking to professionals can head to Quinte, an on-site oyster bar named for the billiards hall that once housed the same space, or a restaurant serving French-tinged Lowcountry cuisine soon this summer open. Not a bad place for a few days – or longer. Rooms from $595, thepinch.com.
Despite having worked in high-end accessory houses for over a decade, Los Angeles-based designer Shelley Sanders admits she found the fine jewelry space “intimidating and, quite frankly, a little too expensive.” In 2017, she and her husband, Teddy Sanders, founded Last Line, a direct-to-consumer company specializing in fun, Instagram-friendly jewelry — like meaningful heart charms and hand-carved pomegranate earrings at a more affordable price point. “Our thoughts are often, ‘Why not jazz it up?'” says Sanders, and that same disruptive sensibility has led to the pair making their second foray into the interiors category. Just in time for warm-weather entertaining, her brand’s new tabletop accents are as practical as they are playful: think embossed, candy-colored glasses, Talavera ceramic egg cups with matching butter dishes, and gold-rimmed china plates decorated with zodiac symbols – a bold one Motif borrowed from the jewelry line. And handwoven roses, magic mushrooms and smiley faces appear on embroidered linen napkins and placemats – no two are alike. “My hope is that they add a little bit of fun to everyday life,” Sanders says of the pieces, adding, “even if that means just enjoying a piece of store-bought cake.” pieces starting at $165, thisistthelast.com.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/31/t-magazine/bambino-paris-pinch-hotel-charleston.html In Paris, a wine bar inspired by Tokyo’s jazz cafes