Where style meets culture. #TTravelIssue is out inside the @nytimes November 11.
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#CocoChanel was 18 when she first saw a Coromandel screen in an antiques shop. Such inlaid ebony-lacquer folding panels — made during China’s Kangxi period at the end of the 17th century and later named for the trading ports along the Indian coast from which they were often sent to Europe — became a lifelong obsession. By the time she died, she’d come to own more than 30 pieces (they still line the walls of her preserved Paris apartment at 31 rue Cambon). This brooch, with birds and leaves crafted from garnets, diamonds, coral and red-orange spinels, evokes these screens, with an additional twinkling tribute to the iconic 20th-century designer: Tucked into the tableau is #Chanel’s signature flower, the camellia. Photo by @francoiscoquerel.
#RoomOfTheDay: An early Georgian style bed from the 1740s, hung with Genoese velvet, in a bedroom at #HardwickHall in Derbyshire, England. From the book "The Country House Past, Present, Future: Great Houses of the British Isles," by David Cannadine and Jeremy Musson, out now from @rizzolibooks. at Hardwick Hall and Gardens Chesterfield
#TMicronovel: The writer #CamilleAcker — whose book "Training School for Negro Girls" is out now — used the artist #NinaChanelAbney's work "Whet," 2017 as inspiration for her story "Kitchen," written exclusively for T's Instagram account: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
No price was too high to pay for the white women who laced their gel-lacquered nails through Chantal’s curls. In the thick of her hair, their fingers found respite. Fingers weary from darkening in circles for midterm voting. Fingers worn from giving shoulder rubs to husbands with questionable taste in Supreme Court justices. Fingers weak from typing #notallwhitewomen over and over. They could relieve all their burdens and Chantal could pay all her bills. She unwrapped her head scarf and their hands sought her scalp before she could even neatly fold the bright-colored silks. Anonymity made it tolerable, and then Allie came in. Junior high and high school, sleepovers and crushes. Allie’s only black friend. She always told Chantal, girlish and giggling, that she wished for her fuller lips and her browner skin. “Black is beautiful,” Allie reassured then. Now, she startled to see Chantal on the other side of her illicit transaction. “Maybe you shouldn’t even charge me.” She laughed. Allie’s fingers were only in her hair, but Chantal could feel the touch at the base of her spine, as an itch inside her ear. Her fingertips scraping the length of Chantal’s intestines clean. At home, the deposits all accounted for, her sister, Lela, sheathed her shoulders in a towel. Lela placed a stool in front of the sink. “Sit down,” Lela said. She undid the fabric covering Chantal’s hair. “Lay back.” Chantal’s eyes closed before her shoulders touched the metal edge of the sink. The spray of water hit the crown of her head. “Is that too hot?”
Her sister’s fingers mapped paths in her hair that Chantal had forgotten existed. She opened her eyes to remember them all.
© Nina Chanel Abney. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
#RoomOfTheDay: Villa Carminati, in Italy's Parco del Ticino near Lago Maggiore, is considered the architect #RomeoMoretti's most significant project. Designed and built in the late 1930s, the two-story home is centered around a small internal courtyard. Here, #Molteni's (@moltenidada) 'Miss' chair, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1986, sits in front of a custom bookshelf from #TheArtofLiving catalogue.
Glass melts above 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point it resembles sun-bright lava with a taffylike pull — and often necessitates that its handlers work with a partner, lest one of them get scorched. Fourteen years ago, at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Baku Takahashi (@baku_glass) and Tomoko Wada (@tomoko__wada) paired up in an introductory #glassblowing class; they’re still working together today, driven by a shared belief, as Wada explains, “that glass itself, with its transparency and color, is alluring, so we treat it with importance.” Now 32 and married, they’re considered two of the most exciting glass artists in Japan. Click the link in our bio to see work from their collaborative project @toumei_fuku (“transparency” in English), plus more. #TProcess
Pick up a copy of T’s Travel issue on newsstands inside the @nytimes today! #TTravelIssue is dedicated to a series of five fairy tales written exclusively for us — the kinds of stories that will inspire your own adventures, if not of the body, then at least of the mind. In this issue, original fiction by: #MichaelCunningham on Montreal, #SarahHall on Turkey, Akwaeke Emezi (@azemezi) on Curaçao, #PeterRock on Montana, #LaurenGroff, #AndrewHolleran, #KarenRussell and seven more on Florida. Escape to lands far away at the link in our bio. Photograph by @Alessandra_Sanguinetti.
Aqueous abstraction meets barefoot modernism in the #Brooklyn home of the couple behind @Eskayel. Shanan Campanaro, a California-bred artist and graphic designer, and her husband Nick Chacona's furniture reflects a keen eye and a start-up budget: The metal-edged #MiloBaughman dining table is nicked and scarred, and a vintage Cassina sofa arrived with knife cuts piercing its aged brown leather. But throughout, #Eskayel’s tranquil patterns smooth the rough edges. Here, #Thonet chairs upholstered in the brand’s Solar pattern. Click the link in our bio to see more from #TTravelIssue, on newsstands tomorrow, November 11, inside the @nytimes. Written by @chloemalle, photo by @blaineduh. at Williamsburg, Brooklyn
#RoomOfTheDay: In the Roman-inspired master bathroom of this #TelAviv apartment designed by #StudioPeregalli, an Empire chandelier hangs above a grand, Carrara marble bathtub. The walls and geometrically patterned floor are clad in a variety of stone known as "ruin marble," whose veining was used in the 17th-century to depict landscapes. From the book "Grand Tour: The Worldly Projects of Studio Peregalli," out now from @rizzolibooks. at Tel Aviv, Israel
Motherless twins. A magical manatee. In a fairy tale about #Florida written exclusively for T, two sisters embark on a fantastic road trip through America’s weirdest state’s swamps and theme parks. Read the full tale, written by a group of acclaimed writers — all from or living in Florida — at the link in our bio. Directed by Tony Floyd (@studioavafilms) and Minos Papas (@cyprianfilms). #TTravelIssue
In " #Florida: Alma and Esperanza’s Tragic Quest: A Story in 10 Parts,” a fairy tale written exclusively for T, motherless twin sisters search for salvation and a group of mermaids disguised as magical manatees. Here, an excerpt from the tale: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The girls’ mother had abandoned them before their first birthday. Their father, and ostensible guardian, had been AWOL for some time now. But the twins had flourished in a pocket of neglect, as so many wild things do in Florida. They’d grown in lock step, uncannily synced to one another: They’d gotten their periods on the same day, made identical mistakes on their math tests.
How could it be a gift, to grow apart?
Together they broke the surface, gulping air.
“Espe,” Alma sputtered. “Please, don’t leave me.”
“I won’t. I’m not about to let some Jurassic bug in a Claire’s tiara separate us — ”
With a sublime gentleness, the mother of all manatees surfaced beside them. She rolled onto one side, swamping the dock with water. Delicately, Alma ran a hand along her back. She felt a line of deep scars — a maze of old pain. Boat propellers had cut them into the mother’s flesh.
Scars are always maps.
Under her palms, Alma discovered an archipelago she recognized: Key Largo. Islamorada. Vaca Key. Big Pine Key. Key West. The islands jumped into her mind. And then, just above the creature’s tail, Alma touched a scar she could not name.
A vision shot through her like a signal flare. She saw a cavernous space, midnight blue and impossibly vast.
Read the full fairy tale from #TTravelIssue — on newsstands inside the @nytimes this Sunday, November 11 — at the link in our bio. Written by Laura van den Berg (@lauramvandenberg), Diana Abu-Jaber (@dabujaber), Sarah Gerard (@mothtomouth), Jeff VanderMeer (@jeff_vandermeer123), Lindsay Hunter (@lindsaydevon), Karen Russell, Jaquira Díaz (@jaquirad), Alissa Nutting (@bakoponutts), Andrew Holleran and Lauren Groff. Photographed by @robstephoto.
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#RoomOfTheDay: Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli of #StudioPeregalli drew inspiration from Portuguese and Spanish architecture for this home in #Gibraltar. The master bedroom, pictured here, features a panel of 18th-century Portuguese tiles, or #azulejos, portraying a landscape with fountains. A 17th-century walnut bed, a Dutch wardrobe and a Spanish chest in red lacquer anchor the space. From the book "Grand Tour: The Worldly Projects of Studio Peregalli," out now from @rizzolibooks. at Gibraltar
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