Eau de toilette Gucci Pour Homme II, 50 ml 49€, 100 ml 65€
The soft, muted blue of Gucci's new men's fragrance, the bottle topped by a hand-finished golden cube, the cobalt box, usher us into the elemental purity of the sun and the sea. But the woody, spicy scent, with notes of violet leaves, black tea, cinammon and olive tree, invigorated by notes of bergamot and chilli and anchored to earth by the tobacco leaves, the musk and myrrh, rather takes us to an immemorial forest where, between the red-barked trunks, we would glimpse the characters from Paul Sérusier's spiritual Incantation.
Golden Stones bracelet, textured yellow gold, price on request
H. Stern, 3, rue de Castiglione Paris 1°, +33 1 42 60 22 77
Taking its inspiration from the shingles water has polished over time, the Golden Stones collection by Brazilian jeweller H. Stern borrows their rounded, organic shapes. Wearing these jewels is like adorning oneself with a necklace or a bracelet of pebbles carefully picked on a riverbed. But a river in which the Sun itself would have bathed.
1- The Cupid Vendor, Castellammare di Stabia, Villa Arianna, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
2- Medea, Castellammare di Stabia, Villa Arianna, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Exhibition From the Ashes of Vesuvius, In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite, 8 July to 7 October 2007, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Exhibition page on http://dallasmuseumofart.org
When the Vesuvius froze Pompeii under a deluge of burning dust on August 24th, 79 A.D., the eruption also engulfed the glamorous villas of Stabiae, a seaside resort where the Neapolitan elite converged in the summer. The travelling exhibition From the Ashes of Vesuvius is spending the season at the Dallas Museum of Art. It gathers 72 objects found on the site, which tell the story of four of these palaces. Among them is the Villa Carmiano, where nine prestigious guests could recline comfortably at dinner in the triclinium, a three-couch room reconstructed for the exhibition. The perfect decor for a last supper.
Set of three candle holders, khaki and gold lacquered wood, Anha
h 6, 13, and 22 cm, 88€
The brilliant team of designers, stylists and graphic designers at Anha is editing a new collection of lacquered wood objects for the fall/winter: vases, tea and jewel boxes... Each piece is patiently crafted, lacquered and painted by hand, such as these elegant candle holders radiating an almost mystical serenity.
Borgia vase, Les Héritiers, crockery, made exclusively in France
Upon order: other colors, golden base and handles
Dim.: h 90 cm, 970 € plain, 1.200 € with silver or golden base and handles
Information: +33 4 78 37 17 03
In a classical palace, a secret panel in the rock slides open. It leads unto a ceremonial chamber where, come the equinox, the Mysteries will be celebrated. Vigilance must be observed, lest Lucrezia pours a poison of her devising into a vase filled to the brim with honey-flavored wine.
Fenouil Sauvage candle, Diptyque, 36€
Diptyque, 34, bd Saint-Germain Paris 5°, +33 1 43 26 77 44
Diptyque sends an invitation for an olfactory stroll on a sun-drenched Greek footpath, along a field of elegant Umbelliferae. Next to the ruins of a small temple grow plants of dill and tarragon, and a patch of aniseed. An aromatic fennel candle, green and fresh, to be lighted in the summer, in the middle of the day.
1- Soul Surrender salt and oil body scrub, Lau Erb, 290 g., 25€
After a day spent in the tumultuous waters of the Aegean Sea, or lying on the soft pebbles of a Cycladic beach, lulled by the tender Zephyr, it's good to go home to a small whitewashed house paved with dark schist. For purification and relaxation, there's the scrub by Thai brand Lau Erb, containing sea salt, mint, rice and jasmine. And to refresh the skin, Korres' yoghurt cooling gel, the modern adaptation of an old Greek remedy to fight off sunstrokes.
1- Steel cylinder decorated with floral motifs, h 6 m x d 6 m
2- Roman sculptures from the museum's collection on a background of spray-painted wooden panels, each side 1 meter
Exhibition Erik A. Frandsen - The Real. Unnaturalism, 27 April to 5 August 07
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Dantes Plads 7, Copenhague, +45 33 41 81 41
Danish artist Erik Frandsen created for Copenhagen's Glyptotek this very contemporary staging of the museum's collection of ancient art. Colored paving and a monumental steel piece enlighten the hieratic statues with their bold tones, shapes, and motifs. Under the same impulse, Frandsen had a set of mosaics crafted in Pietrasanta as they were crafted two thousand years ago; but he borrowed their subjects from Marvel or Disney. The conversation works just fine.