Candles That Are More Like Ephemeral Sculptures

In the 2010s, when houses started to double as backdrops for social media posts, the branded candle, or proof thereof, grew to become ubiquitous. Maybe it was a Le Labo Santal 26 burning serenely alongside a neat stack of style books. Maybe it was an already-spent Diptyque selection, the empty…

For a New Generation of Woodworkers, Form Follows Function

“IF A CHAIR or a building is not functional, if it appears to be only art, it is ridiculous,” wrote the American artist and furnishings maker Donald Judd in his 1993 essay “It’s Hard to Find a Good Lamp.” In the piece, he derides most commercially accessible furnishings — too…

Fall Fashion With a Sense of Adventure

Balenciaga coat, $10,855, (212) 328-1671; Terrence Zhou bodysuit; and Hood by Air boots.Credit…Photograph by Pieter Hugo. Styled by Carlos NazarioLoewe coat, value on request, loewe.com; Terrence Zhou bodysuit; and Hood by Air boots.Credit…Photograph by Pieter Hugo. Styled by Carlos NazarioMarc Jacobs gown, $14,000, prime and gloves, value on request, bergdorfgoodman.com.Credit…Photograph…

An Architect Who’s Known for Aesthetic Purity and Counts Kanye West as a Client

THE MONOLITHIC VILLA within the foothills of the Atlas Mountains an hour south of Marrakesh, Morocco, designed by Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of the Paris-based architectural agency Studio KO as a French shopper’s vacation home, embodies up to date Brutalism tinged by the Bauhaus. Shorn of decoration and minimally…

Architecture and Design That Makes the Case for Discomfort

There are some issues all of us, regardless of our aesthetic leanings, can agree on: A constructing is supposed to guard us from the worst climate. A constructing mustn’t collapse upon its inhabitants. But past that? Well, that may be a matter of opinion. For instance: Should a constructing —…

At Coach, an Eclectic Paean to New York Cool

Last Thursday afternoon, Stuart Vevers switched on his laptop computer digital camera to settle for an Accessories Council Hall of Fame Award for the Rogue, a boxy leather-based purse he debuted in 2016, a pair years into his tenure as inventive director of Coach. “In the last year and half,…

In an Ancient Greek Port, a New Cultural Hub

On an exceptionally sizzling July night, a crowd was mingling and consuming wine at an artwork opening on Polidefkous Street. An unassuming thoroughfare lined with low-slung ship-repair and steel workshops in Piraeus, the economic port metropolis on Athens’s southeast facet, it’s not a place the place galleries have traditionally arrange…

The Consolations of Incense

IN ANCIENT CHINA, time was measured in spirals of smoke, from incense burning by means of the evening. So time had a scent, of heat, candy sandalwood, cooling camphor, cypress with its evergreen kiss — and below all of it, a char on the air, a reminiscence of one thing…

An Incense for Every Occasion

The American acid-rock band the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s 1967 music “Incense and Peppermints” inevitably recollects the pervasiveness of scents like patchouli throughout the hippie period. “Occasions, persuasions clutter your mind / Incense and peppermints, the color of time,” the lead singer croons. But lyrics like these — co-written by John…