Sunday Six

The Pleasure of Objects: The Ian & Carolina Irving Collection: I’ve been combing through the catalog for the upcoming Sotheby’s auction of objects from Ian and Carolina Irving, the collector and designer who have amassed an enviable array of exceptional treasures spanning provenances and eras.  What I particularly love about the Irvings is their penchant for mixing, which always feels extremely elegant but unpretentious. The objects of my affection in this auction are the painting, Still Life with Assorted Shells on a Table, a pair of 17th century Indo-Portuguese Mother-of-Pearl dishes from Gujarat, a Louis XVI carved and ivory painted Lit de Repos from the 18th century, and a pair of 20th century bamboo screens with pressed ferns and butterflies.  
Silk Road by Mali Marciano and Mark Borthwick:  I’ve been anticipating the release of this book by one of my favorite photographers, Mark Borthwick, and Mali Marciano.  A publishing collaboration between Le Kasha and 0fr in Paris, it’s a photographic monograph filled with ethereal images of the Silk Route from Mongolia to Egypt to Italy.  Every page feels like daydreaming.
Simone Rocha x Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture: I deeply admire Jean Paul Gaultier for his vision and joie de vivre.  He is the embodiment of Parisian fashion and his design sensibility has always been evocative of the times, paying tribute to his influences.  A few years ago while in Paris, I went to see the JPG Fashion Freak Show at the incredible Folies Bergère and it was pure theatrical splendor, celebrating 50 years of pop culture shown through the lens of Gaultier himself.  It is one of my most memorable experiences.  Since presenting his final collection in 2020, he has invited a designer to take the lead on a collection under his name, and this one helmed by Simone Rocha has by far been my favorite. To see her reference his past collections and then sprinkle in her signature romance and femininity was truly remarkable and made such a grand statement.
A Home in Patmos: I keep thinking about this house in Patmos, an ancient architectural gem that sits beneath a monastery.  It’s preserved and soulful, decorated but lived in, considered but not precious. The French mattresses with vintage Pierre Frey fabric are perfect.  
Fallen Leaves by Aki Kaurismäki: I adored this film, set in Helsinki and directed by the great Aki Kaurismäki.  It’s a love story told through loneliness and missed connections, but with optimism and tenderness.  There is a stark simplicity to it, yet it manages to convey a brutal honesty with so much emotion. 
Kneeland Co. Playlist:  The liminal space between Winter and Spring.