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Since the Maker Hotel opened its doors in Hudson, N.Y., in August, it’s become a wish-list destination for locals and New York City dwellers alike. Founded by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg of the beauty brand Fresh, and the hospitality expert Damien Janowicz, it spans four historic downtown buildings and has 11 private rooms, a cafe, a lounge, a restaurant, a gymnasium and, now, an online boutique. The Maker Shop, a natural expansion of the empire, features a collection of home décor selected, if not designed, by Glazman and Roytberg. “It’s our love of design, and our curated point of view of interiors and colors, that we’ve always wanted to share with our guests beyond our rooms,” says Glazman. The shop’s wares, many versions of which furnish the hotel, are produced by artisans near and far — from a handblown decanter set made in collaboration with the Hudson Valley’s BowGlass Works (and available in soft gray, deep red and forest green) to a Louis XVI-style steel writing desk handcrafted in France. But perhaps the grandest offering is the Frida bed, which can also be found in the hotel’s Gardener suite. Stately and sophisticated, the wrought-iron sleigh bed was designed in partnership with the architect Kipp Edick, forged using traditional artisanal techniques and paired with upholstered head- and footboards to achieve an heirloom feel. Topped with one of the shop’s signature cashmere throws, which are available in solid neutral colors and checked patterns, and are made in Northern Italy on vintage looms by Prïvate 02 04, it’s the picture of unbridled comfort — and will make staying in feel just as luxurious as getting away.

One of my peripheral pastimes this year has been waffling between missing the office, where I used to spend a majority of my time, and actively hoping I’ll never have to go back. But if and when we do return to those glassy corporate towers, I wonder if or how things will be different. The design collective Office of Things — co-founded in 2015 by a group of architects spread out across the U.S. — has been grappling with the existential questions of office life since even before the pandemic began. For the last few years, it’s been investigating how to create a restorative environment within the workplace, which has culminated in a series of meditation chambers, called the Immersive Spaces Series, that were constructed last year inside the Bay Area offices of YouTube and Google. Designed predominantly for single occupants, these rooms are sound and light environments that offer a kind of sensorial and psychological retreat, be it from harsh fluorescent lighting or the sound of an obnoxious co-worker. The firm wanted to “create a space that sets you away in a different world, and to use that experience to create calm and refuge,” says Lane Rick, the project lead, who runs the New York chapter of Office of Things with Can Vu Bui. Before the arrival of Covid-19, I might have dismissed this as Silicon Valley indulgence, but as I try to conceive of returning to a building packed with people and demands of all kinds — well, let’s just say I hope my employer is paying attention.

Upon coming across Mimi de Biarritz’s whimsical artwork at the now-shuttered store Brocante de la Reine Victoria several years ago, the British designer Kit Kemp, known for her lavishly decorated interiors and line of boutique Firmdale hotels, became an instant admirer of the artist. Since then, Kemp has incorporated the cheerful oddities coming out of de Biarritz’s studio, located, as was the erstwhile shop, in the French city that shares her name, into a number of her projects. From the chandeliers fashioned from seashells to the giant papier-mâché beetles with all the detail of entomologically pinned specimens, “her artwork is a mainstay and talking point in both my home and hotels,” says Kemp. But it’s the artist’s terrarium-enclosed papier-mâché mushrooms, which sprung up earlier this year at the designer’s seventh-floor pop-up in New York City’s Bergdorf Goodman — a shop offering seasonal baubles and home décor — that have most recently caught my eye. Commissioned by Kemp, these one-of-a-kind creations, perched on beds of papier-mâché earth or moss, are hand-painted by the artist in chartreuse, aquamarine, periwinkle and other vibrant hues and housed under glass domes of varying sizes. The results are infectiously joyful, and are poised to play a scene-stealing role on tea trays and mantles alike this holiday season. From $250, Kit Kemp at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10019.

In a year centered around domestic life, the stylist and Dutch Vogue contributing editor Gijsje Ribbens found that dressing up had lost its appeal. And so, during Amsterdam’s first lockdown last spring, she teamed up with her friend Bart Ramakers, a Dutch fashion agent, who has helped launch brands including Vetements and Halpern, to dress up their homes instead. Thus, RiRa, an interiors concept line that debuts this week with a selection of limited-edition objects, was born. For part of the collection — the pieces of which were all designed and made in the Netherlands and Belgium — the designer Sabine Marcelis, known for her Candy Cube installations for Celine stores, has created a series of whimsical mirrors liberally splashed with vibrantly hued resins. From the industrial design duo Muller Van Severen, there’s a sculptural chair made in collaboration with the fashion brand Kassl and inspired by the latter’s signature pillow bags. And Vincent de Rijk, the architectural materials innovator who worked with Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) on Prada’s New York flagship, has created the Liquidish, a hyper-glossy epoxy-resin bowl whose playful form resembles something between a prophylactic and a red blood cell (it already has a waiting list). “You can love it, or you can think it’s very ugly, but I like that,” says Ramakers of the collection. “It’s outspoken.”

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