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New Abstract Paintings From Walter Price
When Walter Price was growing up in Macon, Ga., he would sometimes wake before sunrise to join his mother on the porch and watch the day begin. It was a habit that the self-described early bird reinforced during the four years he spent in the Navy, before attending art school on the G.I. Bill and later moving to New York. Today, the 31-year-old’s ultra-disciplined art-making ritual involves rising before 5 a.m. to stretch, exercise and draw. Price’s first show opens this week at Greene Naftali and features paintings and drawings of images that, like your first thought of the day, hover between dream and waking observation. In his modestly sized acrylic paintings, abstracted landscapes and domestic scenes are overlaid with sketchy graphite lines, floating shapes, pasted-in photographs and inscrutable phrases. In one work from 2019, “It has to rain before you can see where all the leaks are at,” lightly sketched human figures pass between cars, holding umbrellas aloft; the sky is a bruised chartreuse, rain clouds daubed on in a thick, gluey gray. In another canvas from 2018, a crimson sun in a fuchsia sky burns down on a red convertible and field of bright blue palm trees. It all stems from the artist’s obsession with color and line. As he said in 2018, “I tend to try to take all the basic fundamental elements of art and create a very funky painting.” “Pearl Lines” is on view at Greene Naftali from Sept. 11 through Oct. 31, 2020, at 508 West 26th Street. Reservations are recommended, greenenaftaligallery.com.
The Latest Sweet Obsession in Paris? Babka.
As soon as I can safely make it to Paris, I plan to divide my caloric intake between my sister-in-law’s kitchen and Babka Zana, a recently reopened bakery in the Pigalle neighborhood, in the city’s Ninth Arrondissement. Its proprietors — the husband-wife duo Emmanuel Murat, a film producer, and Sarah Amouyal, a fashion stylist and artistic director — had long dreamed of doing a culinary project together. “We cook a lot and travel when we can to discover new flavors,” says Amouyal. The pair fell in love with babka — the dense, braided cake popular in the Jewish community of 19th-century Poland — on trips to Tel Aviv and New York City, and decided to create their own space dedicated to the sweet treat. Amouyal and Murat perfected their brioche recipe alongside the celebrated French pastry chef Benoît Castel and then developed four different kinds — chocolate hazelnut, pistachio orange, halvah lemon and cinnamon — for Babka Zana’s opening in January. The shop also offers rugelach, another Jewish-Polish pastry, sandwiches on homemade challah bread and bourekas, which are Israeli cheese-filled puffs. Amouyal and Murat closed the bakery temporarily in the spring because of the pandemic but are now back in business, with a babka ice-cream sandwich added to the offerings — perfect for late summer. 65 Rue Condorcet, Paris, babkazana.com.
Expertly Designed Three-Legged Chairs
“I’ve always had an obsession with chairs that have only three legs,” mused Wilbert Das, the Dutch-born designer, former creative director of Diesel and co-founder of Uxua Casa hotel and spa in Trancoso, Brazil. Das lives with and often commissions pieces of this style for homes he designs for clients such as Anderson Cooper and Richard Gere (who Das is working with on a resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) — so it’s no surprise that his new collection of home furnishings features two three-legged designs. The Poltrona-U armchair and Cadeira-U dining chair are both curvaceous pieces inspired by midcentury designs and handmade by local artisans from reclaimed tropical hardwoods including brauna and muiracatiara. “It is now illegal to cut down these trees, but we buy a lot of old beams that I normally use to build new houses with an old soul,” he explained. These, like many other pieces in the collection — a sofa upholstered in vintage Italian linen, aortic-looking ceramic lamps and vases shaped like pendants — were originally made for the Uxua Casa hotel but developed into a commercial collection after guests repeatedly requested to buy them. uxuadas.com.
Luxury Catskill Cottages for a Cozy Getaway
Being housebound for months seems to have driven many of us toward the same escapist pastimes: baking crisp loaves of sourdough, staring at jigsaw puzzles for hours on end and, at least while the weather is warm, camping — the last of which, if you’re anything like me, is immediately ruled out by the bugs, humidity and your own utter lack of wilderness skills. The solution lies in the Catskills, where a new collection of cottages offers guests a slightly more luxurious way to experience the great outdoors. Eastwind, a hotel set in the hills of Windham, N.Y., has offered several two-person A-frame cabins from the luxury camping developer Lushna since it opened in 2018, but its four-person cabin suites are a recent addition. Each minimalist, wood-lined cottage is available year-round — insulated for the cooler months, air-conditioned for the summer — and comes with a patio, fire pit, lofted queen bed, pullout couch and a private bathroom inside. For those of us who are desperate for a change of scenery but still have to work, each suite also offers a writer’s nook, complete with a desk, electric outlets and a floor-to-ceiling window. Starting at $429 per night, eastwindny.com.
Partow’s Elegant and Minimalist Clothing
Nellie Partow launched her eponymous brand in 2011, offering luxurious handmade knits and elevated tailoring for a no-nonsense type of working woman. A graduate of Parsons School of Design — with stints working at Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and John Varvatos — Partow’s clothes embody a complex understanding of luxury that conveys both strength and maturity (it helps that she’s also a competitive boxer). Her latest campaign — photographed by a frequent T contributor, Craig McDean, and styled by Camilla Nickerson — is a celebration of the women who wear (and have modeled) her clothes: artists such as Shirin Neshat and Laurie Simmons; models such as Alek Wek and Sasha Pivovarova. “These women aren’t striving for this perfection,” explained Partow. “They are marching to their own beat, and there’s a real sense of individuality and tenacity to who they are.” The clothes are all part of her latest, 56-piece collection, which debuts this month at New York Fashion Week. Of note: a rust-colored cotton trench, artfully embellished with brushed leather. In a year when we have been forced to reconsider our relationship to fashion, Partow offers a hard-earned elegance and a minimalist sensibility worthy of our attention. partow.us.