From the Bon Appetit L.A. City Guide
Opened in 2007 by power trio Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich, this spot is still-hot. This place is something of a cult. For the full experience, sit at the mozzarella bar at the center of the room, order from a long menu of small dishes starring imported Italian cheeses , try one of their many expertly crafted pasta dishes, then sip from the expansive amaro list after dessert. And if you don’t want to commit, try the equally addictive Pizzeria Mozza next door, or the group’s “meat speakeasy,” Chi Spacca.
From the Bon Appetit L.A. City Guide
Need something new to take for lunch? Onigiri can be made ahead and is filling.
SERVINGS: MAKES 6
Recipe by Bryan Moon
Photograph by Alex Lau
Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain for a truly innovative lip product. A lightweight texture that immediately melts onto lips. The stain delivers intense glossy colour for an extremely long lasting new kind of shine.
August is a good time to repot house plants.
University of Illinois Extension horticulturist, Jim Schmidt, discusses when you should repot houseplants and how it should be done. Watch his YouTube video - it covers all you need to know.
Need more tips on growing plants? Head over to The Sill.
Photo: The Sill
What are the elements that make a country house so welcoming? Head over to Architectural Digest to see Amanda Brooks home for all the elements. How can we made our urban homes this perfect? Include these tips:
Cozy seating, muted colors, books and potted plants.
Make a garden with whatever space you have, be it a window box or a backyard garden. Let things be natural.
All photos: Oberto Gili
According to a recent study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, book readers live an average of about two years longer than those who don’t read at all. I knew it all along.
Watercolor: Curated Envy
Photo: House & Garden UK
The Industrial Revolution gave us many new materials and technologies, from the elevator to the concept of a curtain wall construction. Not the least of these was the introduction of sheets of glass set in metal frames.
Introduced on a large scale at the Crystal Palace, which housed the Great Exhibition in 1851, sheets of plate glass held in place by a metal framework quickly found their way into architectural design. Then, with lighter and stronger steel replacing cast iron, windows manufactured by the likes of Henry Hope & Sons found their way into residences. By the 1930s, architects like Frank Lloyd Wright popularized steel-framed windows.
However, starting in the 1960s these windows became less and less popular. Contributing to their demise was the lack of thermal efficiency of the original windows. Made of a single sheet of glass and a thin steel frame, these windows were great conductors of cold from outside to inside.
But that's all changed. With better materials, designs and finishes, these windows are undergoing a resurgence.
A hallmark of these glazing systems is the minimal amount of framing material needed for structural integrity. Wood frames for glass doors must be considerably larger, adding a lot of visual weight to the door. Steel frames can be very light and thin due to the strength of the material.
The thinness of these steel frames allows them to become mere two-dimensional grids, almost painterly in effect. The view out becomes flattened, not unlike some modern paintings, such as those of Mondrian.
The BKF chair is a modern update of the Paragon chair which was first made for use as campaign furniture in the 1870s. A later version of the design was known as the Tripolina chair, a portable chair introduced in the early 20th century. Jorge Ferrari Hardoy along with Antonio Bonet and Juan Kurchan developed the BKF in 1938 for an apartment building they designed in Buenos Aires. On July 24, 1940, the chair was shown at the 3rd Salon de Artistas Decoradores exhibition where it was discovered by the Museum of Modern Art. At the request of MoMA design director Edgar Kaufmann Jr., Hardoy sent 3 pre-production chairs to New York. One is in the MoMA collection and one is at the Frank Lloyd Wright house Fallingwater (built for the Kaufmann family), but no one knows where the third chair went. Naming the BKF as one of the "best efforts of modern chair design," Kaufmann accurately predicted that it would become extremely popular in the US. Likewise, Hans Knoll recognized its commercial potential and added it to the Knoll line in 1947.
Perfect for the fire pit at the Parker Hotel, Palm Springs.
Best sandal for summer in loads of colors, but the neutrals are the best!
The first avarca sandal originated in Menorca, a small island in the Spanish Mediterranean, and were made from recycled tires to keep the feet of farmers and villagers cool. Since 1945 Avarcas Pons has specialized in artisan Menorcan sandals for three generations. They last forever.