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On the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, where a forest of wild palover trees meets towering granite boulders, the Joshua Tree Recreation Center welcomes the first boutique hotel in Yucca Valley, a city known for its eclectic offering of refurbished motels and private rental homes. . The 14 suites now known as bungalows were designed and built in 1960 by architect Harold Zook as on-campus teacher housing. Set in the northwest corner of the more than 130-acre desert, the bungalows still have their original woodwork on the outside, while the interiors appear to be sun-bleached earthy jute and seagrass rugs, cane-backed wicker chairs, and intricate carpentry fittings. feeling of bare sand. The premises were remodeled by the Homestead Modern hotel company and restored in collaboration with design consultant Brad Dunning; in homage to the work of Swiss architect Albert Frey, the rooms are adorned with yellow encelia fabrics, a hue Frey popularized in his modernist buildings in nearby Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels and smooth concrete floors combine with expansive patios and views of the surrounding area. During their stay, guests can cook on the communal grill or dine at the retreat center’s vegetarian cafe. Rooms from $250,

On the occasion of his 60th birthday this spring, Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen got a chance to look back. He has dived into his archives both professionally—in his three decades of career he was known for his desaturated, soft-to-the-senses aesthetic, originally born as a rejection of brash 80s excess—and personally, through analysis of his own living rooms for an ongoing collaboration that launches this month with fashion giant Zara’s line of homewares. “I wanted to redefine my wardrobe with furniture,” he says of the 19 items, including furniture, lamps, rugs and small decorative items. Quality materials such as solid French oak, polished stone from Galicia, Spain (where Zara is headquartered), and pure cotton and linen were paramount, but as a self-proclaimed “democrat at heart and soul”, Van Duysen was drawn to company spirit of accessible fashion for all; products have been designed with the scale and style of a city apartment or country house in mind. “My pieces of furniture can find a place in any living room for any person anywhere in the world,” he says. From $299 starting June 30

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As a child, April Gargiulo’s home did not have artificial flavors so that they would not interfere with catching the aroma of wine. (The family now owns Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley.) “I have a relationship with smells, but in the natural world,” she says. However, when she launched her eco-friendly Vintner’s Daughter skincare line in 2013, the facial oil gained a loyal following both for its lush botanical scent and for its 22 nourishing plant formula. Launching this week is the brand’s first limited edition perfume oil, Understory, which is a blend of forest floor flora with notes of coniferous evergreens, bay and moss mixed with hints of jasmine, violet leaves and soft petals. The bouquet is designed to be unobtrusive. “Understory is not an announcement to others,” says Gargiulo, “but rather a celebratory moment with yourself and nature.” The slim roller applicator comes with a handy vegan leather pouch so you can reach the magical forest with just one touch. $245

When Nick Poe began making plans for Time, his new 25-seat restaurant in Manhattan’s Chinatown, he wanted the design to be unexpected. “There’s almost a formula for what a sushi restaurant should look like: maple wood, wabi-sabi,” says the architectural designer and co-owner, known for creating spacious spaces like the Sky Ting yoga studios and the Lee Private Dining Room. Instead, he turned his attention to the Parisian travels of Japanese surrealist artists such as Iwata Nakayama and Kansuke Yamamoto during the 1920s; The result features the trademarks of French bistros and Tokyo sushi bars, from chairs upholstered in antique Persian rugs to shiny custom mirrors with the kanji for “sashimi” and “alcoholic beverages.” Chef Yukio Fukaya, most recently of Midtown’s Nare Restaurant, prepares seasonal omakase for eight diners seated at an oak bar topped with gleaming stainless steel. Beside him, two other chefs prepare a spicy sesame-cucumber salad and chutoro with sun-dried egg yolks and fragrant nori rice for the crowded downtown crowd. When the sun goes down brown paper lamps inverted on the original tin ceiling illuminate a hand-painted mural of architectural model that wraps around the walls, drawing the eye to the street, where matcha martinis and tuna rolls are served from a side window overlooking the Manhattan Bridge. 105 Canal Street,

The outline of one of Holly Bowden’s tastefully muted projects often begins with a single theatrical production. For example, a recently completed flat in Notting Hill, west London, was entirely inspired by an 18th-century pale pink mottled marble fireplace made in Belgium. “I call myself a minimalist-maximalist because I love an empty space with such a special object,” says the 38-year-old interior designer, who has decorated the homes of the FKA Twigs singer and the store of British luxury brand Tanner Krolle. . But after spending 20 years accumulating memorabilia that could be useful to clients, friends or herself (she is renovating her family’s home in Finsbury Park, north London), she has run out of space; hence the opening of The Gallery, a meeting-only store next door to her Shoreditch studio. Design classics are on offer, such as the 1970s steel and leather chaise longue by Vittorio Introini for Saporiti and the eye-catching wavy De Sede DS600 sofa, as well as more obscure treasures, including a ceramic walrus acquired in Mexico City. Then there’s the sturdy Ebb bedside table, Bowden’s first venture into home design and a collaboration with her partner Byron Pritchard, a furniture designer who handcrafts the walnut tables from his studio in the nearby Broadway Market. What won’t you find? Anything famous on Instagram. As Bowden says, “I always wanted it to be a subtle sentence – a piece that says, ‘If you know, you know.’ Email address [email protected] to book an hour.

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