T Magazine’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide
Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. This week, we’ve turned it into a Mother’s Day gift guide, with recommendations for what we covet for ourselves and consider for our mother figures. register here to find us in your mailbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at [email protected].
Recipes from the Italian countryside
It was nostalgia for her mother’s kitchen and memories of her parents’ rowdy dinner parties that drove British-born entertainer and chef Amber Guinness, who grew up in a remote 18th-century farmhouse near Siena, Italy, to create the school of painting of Arniano the family property with his friend, the British artist William Roper-Curzon. As Roper-Curzon teaches landscape painting to artists of all skill levels, Guinness happily feeds students with fresh, flavorful versions of dishes she first learned to cook from her mother, which she often serves outdoors in the estate’s gardens. These recipes are collected in Guinness’ first cookbook, ‘A House Party in Tuscany’, released this week in the US, and include the hearty comfort food – like artichoke béchamel pie, and spinach and ricotta malfatti – that his guests are clamoring for. His sister too. “Claudia always asks me for mom’s recipes,” Guinness laughs, “so now I can just tell her to look in the book.”
“I don’t like big flower arrangements,” proclaims artist Abbie Zabar. “I love drawing simple flowers that aren’t pompous, which you pick up at the local bodega and throw in an empty pickle jar.” His colored pencil drawings of this style of flora, daffodils, hyacinths and chrysanthemums housed in jars, cheap vases or, in one case, a chipped creamer, are featured in “Bodega Bouquets”, an exhibition at the Eerdmans Gallery in New York. Those familiar with Zabar’s work (other than that in the culinary sphere – she co-founded EAT, the venerable foodie boutique and café, with her ex-husband, Eli Zabar) may be surprised at the pivotal point of her former floral obsession: Every Week for a decade from 1995, she sketched the decidedly not simple bouquets that greet visitors in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When Zabar, who is also an avid gardener, is asked to name a favorite image from the show, she objects. “No favorites,” she said. “Although I like the ones that look like weeds.” “Bodega Bouquets” is on view until May 26.
Pear Shaped Gemstone Jewelry
New York-based fine jewelry brand Foundrae, which was launched by wife and husband duo Beth and Murat Bugdaycay in 2015, has developed a cult following among men and women for its variety of 18-karat gold-inspired chains. vintage. , pendants and medallions (as well as for its colored enamel pieces and cigar-style rings). Customizable details – an initial here, an engraving there – make these items an intensely personal and modern heirloom to treasure forever. Until now, Foundrae had avoided using larger gemstones, instead incorporating a small diamond or two for a subtle sparkle. But starting this month, alongside a new collection of medallions representing the state of daydreaming, the line offers pear-shaped diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires, each in a burnished gold diamond setting. . “I was thinking about love and the fact that there is no such thing as a perfect pair,” says Beth, explaining how difficult it can be to match two pear-cut stones, difficulty being an apt metaphor for quest for true love. As Mother’s Day approaches, perhaps some of us – many Foundrae customers are buying for themselves these days – would like to put together a diamond and a sapphire as a tribute to one of the links the most enduring of life.
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Vivid Prints by Dries Van Noten
Since the 1980s, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has worked closely with various Indian weavers and textile artisans, and twice during his visits to the country witnessed the aftermath of Holi, the Hindu spring festival, in during which streets, walls, buildings and even pigeons are dotted with diffused neon pigments. It’s these tumultuous color scenes – fuchsia tinged with green, coral crossed with light blue – and a desire to support its Indian partners after their businesses were hit by the country’s Covid-19 spike last year that led the designer, an expert colorist, to create a new ready-to-wear collection. Their hand-woven and hand-embroidered fabrics appear on kaftans sprinkled with summer flowers, malachite green silk trousers and a delphinium purple ikat silk suit, available exclusively on Mytheresa and are sure to delight a glam-hungry mum.
In 2019, Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern — the married co-founders of Co, the womenswear line known for its effortless separates and voluminous silhouettes — introduced Galerie Co, an online platform featuring vintage accents for the home. This month, they’re adding their first original pieces: ceramic vessels created in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Victoria Morris. “Everything we sell on the site is pretty rare and one-of-a-kind,” says Kern. “It was exciting to find a contemporary who continues this tradition with Californian pottery.” The works were inspired by Co’s showroom in the Hollywood Hills, the remarkable Hendershot House, designed in 1962 by modernist architect Richard Neutra, which Morris describes as “a really controlled space surrounded by this wilderness”; the variegated green tones found on a volcanic glazed vase recall the lush foliage of Co’s backyard. As worthy of display as the ceramics are, Morris insists they are made to be used. “I imagine them at a dinner party or a family reunion,” she says, “and hopefully they’ll be passed on to the next generation.”
Block printed table linen
After decamping from the city more than a decade ago for a quieter life with her family on a farm in England, writer and former fashion director at Barneys New York Amanda Cutter Brooks couldn’t help herself. prevent him from returning to the world of retail with an eponymous boutique in the Cotswolds. The store offers a range of homewares from around the world, all of which make great gifts: mouth-blown glass tumblers in shades of olive or amber, Indian cotton nightgowns and ceramic serving dishes from Hungary. A good choice for a mother might be Cutter Brooks’ exclusive table linens from Stamperia Bertozzi, a century-old family business in Emilia-Romagna that produces its wares the old-fashioned way – made to order and hand-printed with vegetable dyes. from recipes handed down for three generations. Tablecloths with tiny strawberries and curvy roses are sweet, but we especially love Bertozzi’s oversized peach peony print on a crosshatch background. The napkins look like something from nonna’s cabinet and are perfect for a summer table.
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Sporty summer shoes
The concept for Teva, the brand of functional sports sandals with a rubber base and Velcro straps, came to Grand Canyon river guide Mark Thatcher in the early 1980s as he struggled to find suitable footwear for the activities nautical. While outdoor enthusiasts like my camping-obsessed mother have worn them ever since, the highly practical style has appeared on the catwalks in recent years: Hermès’ Spring/Summer 2022 version is a lightweight platform founded on the luxury brand‘s hardware, while the Row sent a sandal with a molded leather footbed and foam midsole as part of its Pre-Fall 2022 collection. Japanese brand Suicoke has won fans for its performance sandals, especially successful collaborations with brands like Bape and Doublet, the most recent of which featured animal print straps. Particularly playful, an iteration of the New York label Loeffler Randall, which is dressed in a pretty raffia bow.