Design
16 Conversation Starters for Dinner with Friends and Decorators
What people talk about when they talk about design.
Comments

It's all about Filipino design.

Ito Kish bench, itokish.com

Everyone knows what's happening in the Philippines right now. Great design! (What were you thinking about?) For those who haven't made the trek to Manila, here are three artisans to watch. Furniture designer Ito Kish launched his eponymous collection in 2012. The ­Ba­sil­isa bench (above) highlights Philippine form, featuring five unique rattan weaves from various regions around the archipelago. T'nalak is an indigenous woven textile made from abaca fibers that is handcrafted by the women of the T'boli tribe in the southern Philippines using a centuries-old technique. The traditional colorway is red, black, and cream, though Holland & Sherry offers the weave in poppier shades. ­Jewelmer, founded by a French pearl farmer and a Philippine businessman in 1979, is the world's largest producer of the golden South Sea pearl (also known as the Philippine pearl). While its sought-after pieces mix high jewelry techniques with Filipino artistry, the company's work on protecting and conserving Philippine coastal communities is what puts it a cut above. —Alicia Colby Sy

You don’t have an escape haven?

Silicon Valley survivalist Peter Thiel chose New Zealand (where he has citizenship) for his doomsday backup plan. And one former Facebook exec reportedly bought five acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest in case of global chaos. If that seems extreme, there's always apocalypse insurance. (Yes, it's a thing.)

What are your thoughts on gold?

The Oval Office. President Trump's first executive order: replace the curtains.

Melted into currency by the Greeks, worn around the neck by the Egyptians, leafed throughout the French court, and now draped once again from the ceiling of America's "golden oval." Can't we have '80s market numbers without the decade's gilt?

I went to school early because of the lazy river.

The country-clubification of college campuses continues. At universities like LSU, Clemson, University of Alabama, Mizzou, and Texas Tech, cooling off between class means floating down the school's lazy river. At SMU students de-stress at the tanning pool, where the water is shallow enough to barely hit the bottom of a chaise longue. At least we know what those endowments are being used for.

It's the new "New Look."

Christian Dior, a man who intuitively understood the sartorial desires of women, also knew how to decorate a home (see his villa on the coast of Normandy). So too did the designers at the maison's flagship in Paris, where the housewares floor achieved cult status. Now the line is available in London, and it includes pieces like these marquetry boxes, which pay homage to Dior's famous Granville gardens.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Can I use your powder room?

Not everyone can boast a leopard-papered guest bath hung with portraits by Helmut Newton. Then again, not everyone is hostess Lynn Wyatt. The lesson, however, is clear: Of all the rooms in the house, this is where a wild imagination rules. -Cyrill Matter

Have you seen my latest Eggleston Acquisition?


Andra Eggleston with son, Louis

Last year a cache of never-before-seen works by the Memphis-born living-legend photographer William Eggleston turned up in a most unexpected place: on fabric. Electra Eggleston, the Nashville textile company founded by Andra Eggleston, William's daughter, has salvaged, scaled, and printed his pen, marker, and watercolor sketches—some done in his little black book, others on hotel stationery—directly onto Belgian linen.

"I've always felt more connected to his drawings than his photographs," says Andra, an actress who recently moved back to her home state. "When you look at one of them you just have this profound feeling of want. I wanted to give that to people in a much more accessible way." The project has also reconnected father and daughter, so much so that a second collection, out this month, features original work they created together. "I've always felt the stakes with my father's legacy are very high in terms of what he has created for himself," she says. "As long as I stay connected to the story, it works." —Jamie Rosen

We still do read.

Barack Obama may be our most influential book critic, his favorites, including these, having secured spots on the best-seller lists. So it's fitting that his presidential library will draw the public into cultural pursuits, a vision he thought was best articulated by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, creators of Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation, who will build the $500 million center on Chicago's South Side.

I'm getting really into frugal science.


Here's a 20-cent solution to a global health problem: the Paperfuge. Invented by Stanford professor Manu Prakash with paper, string, and plastic (no electricity required), it spins at speeds high enough to separate plasma from blood, a crucial step in diagnosing such diseases as malaria. Can an investment from Elon Musk be far behind?

Did you buy Bob Stern’s latest?

220 Central Park South. (Read more about the next great Manhattan address here.)

Who’s shining your crystal these days?

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Baccarat Memoire service set, baccarat.com

At Manhattan's Baccarat Hotel, which handles $100,000 worth of crystal a day, the task of cleaning falls to four "glass attendants." If you're more into DIY, follow the maker's instructions: Fine crystal can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but it requires high-alkaline detergent, 138° water for washing, and 183° for rinsing. Afterward, wipe with a pure cotton cloth, then hold up to the light to ensure that there are no spots. And repeat.

Oh, we've already sailed the Encore.


The Encore, Seabourn's newest and largest ship, has been imbued by designer Adam Tihany with all the fineries of a billionaire's megaboat: "We always viewed Encore as an evolution rather than a revolution. The curving lines, intricate connections, and yacht-inspired details work themselves into the identity of the ship. For an audience that stays onboard for weeks at a time, these whispered elements are an invitation to explore and connect with their environment." Better book fast—her maiden voyage sold out in two days.

Sorry, your clam chair just depreciated in value.

2013: $20,000

2017: $10,000

I want an art collection like Pam Joyner’s. Now.

Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art chronicles her collection of African works. ($55), amazon.com

And with that, we've completed the Aman world tour.


“How many have you been to?” asked a flexible couple from Germany after a particularly grueling yoga session around the Olympic-size infinity pool at Amanbagh in the Aravalli Hills, near Jaipur. They were referring to the number of Aman resorts I had visited, in the same way people used to humblebrag about the number of stamps on their passports. Things are evolving in Amanworld, however. Since opening the T&C reader favorite Amanpuri on a once desolate stretch of Phuket, Thailand in 1988, the resort had added 30 properties in 20 countries. The rooms at the newest location, Amanyangyun, in Shanghai, are actually Ming and Qing Dynasty houses rescued from abandoned villages on the Yangtze that were moved 400 miles upstream and recreated on the spot. Aman Le Mélézin, in Courchevel, France, has been remodeled. Two Spa Houses, a new concept for the brand have opened at Amanoi, in Vietnam. And 2015 brought us the Aman Tokyo, the brand’s first city hotel (New York is rumored to be next), whose soaring rice-papered lobby and 34th-floor basalt-lined pool may be more Instagrammed than Mount Fuji. The best-loved (and much-copied) conceits, like locally made gifts presented each night at turndown, those famous infinity pools, and the indigenous tropical modern architecture created by Kerry Hill and Ed Tuttle, remain. And now, at seven of the sites, including ones in Greece and the Dominican Republic, you can call Aman home. That wouldn’t be a big deal apart from the fact that owning land in some of Aman’s more far-flung locales, like a private island in the Philippines, Is virtually impossible otherwise. Meanwhile, as I work on securing funds for a second home, I look forward to the 12th installment of my Aman saga. –Whitney Robinson

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Comments
About The Author
The Town&Country Editors
View Other Articles From The Town&Country Editors
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Listen to music by the late National Artist for Music Jose Montserrat Maceda, born 100 years ago.
 
Share
The 'miracle broth' and other truths that make this skin care brand a cult favorite.
 
Share
Producer and writer Ria Limjap talks about the process of adapting the book into a movie, while author F.H. Batacan cites the importance of its message in times like these.
 
Share
The director and producer is reportedly engaged to Paltrow.
 
Share
You never want to be that person who is known for always saying yes to a loan, a favor, and other impossible-to-do or inconvenient-for-you requests.
 
Share
From the backdrop to the Queen's brooch, here are all the ways Her Majesty paid tribute to Prince Philip.
 
Share
Watch fireworks from a rooftop in Bangkok, participate in medieval Icelandic traditions, or dance to Sting live in the Bahamas.
 
Share
Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, founder of Ballet Manila, will choreograph the premiere of Snow White.
 
Share
Here are a few updated recipes that you can sip all day.
 
Share
Can’t decide where to go for the holidays? Let this be your guide.
Load More Articles
INSTAGRAM
CONNECT WITH US