paris: karl & erick restaurant renewal

© lemoal & lemoal / photography: élode dupuis

the finely concocted dishes of fraternal twins karl and erick vandevelde have made their eponymous establishment a fixture for gourmets across paris, and their culinary fame grew even bigger after relocating to the batignolles neighbourhood seven years ago. similarly to the duo's evolving take on traditional french cuisine, they recently transformed their popular bistro, giving it a new contemporary interior with a little help of local architecture practice lemoal & lemoal. while the configuration of the 70 sqm. [754 sq.ft.] has been largely retained, the palette has shifted dramatically from dark and rustic-inspired, to light and modern. the façade of karl & erick signals the transformation from afar, featuring a metal construction that outlines the contours of a former canvas sun screen, attached to a matching frame of perforated metal panels.

the two tubular lights attached to the frame on either side of the glass-encased entrance, are duplicated indoors in different guises. the original bar has been retained, but having been sandblasted, it now flaunts exposed light timber. directly opposite, a row of floor-to-ceiling tubular lights, shielded by layer of undulating and transparent polycarbonate panels, form a slightly futuristic backdrop for a variety of seating arrangements. this decor is replicated in the corridor that leads to a mezzanine floor at the rear of the establishment, and paired with an opposite wall clad in sheets of brass. interestingly, pendant and wall-mounted lamps from the previous decor have been incorporated in the new setting. the menu of karl & erick predominantly lists classic french dishes, all prepared with a modern twist, using only the freshest seasonal products. location: 20 rue de tocqueville [batignolles].

© lemoal & lemoal / photography: élodie dupuis

online: feit bamboo flip flops

© feit

summer is the season to go barefoot...but not quite. nifty designer tull price established his brand feit as a reaction to blatant consumerism and production, and has continuously developed a range of shoes that reflect longevity, contemporary artisanal design and minimal luxury. anticipating the sunny days ahead, the new york city-based designer has reinterpreted a staple of summer gear, the flip flop, in an inimitable way. returning to its traditional japanese roots, the feit flip flops are unisex and come in bamboo, a sustainable material that's naturally water resistant, and both incredibly flexible and strong. the sole is formed from three layers of bamboo that are molded by hand to fit the shape of the foot, with a rubber insert at the flex point for comfort, and a vibram outsole provides traction and protects the bamboo from wearing down. the straps are vegetable-tanned leather and suede, and will soften and patina with wear. the feit flip flops are obviously available at the brand's stores in new york and sydney, but can also be purchased online.

© feit

todos santos: hotel san cristóbal opening

© bunkhouse / photography: pia riverola

the rugged coastline of the baja california peninsula isn't exactly unknown turf to americans and other visitors. while most head straight for the hotel-ridden beaches of cabo san lucas at its southern most tip, scenic places are plentiful. and at just an hour's drive to the north, the small village of todos santos surely falls into this category. the surrounds comprise of rich farmland that evolved from sugarcane crops in the 19th century to a diverse source of avocados, chilis, papayas and other crops, and obviously the ocean's riches is also a major pillar of local livelihood. it's in the immediate environs, on a pristine stretch of playa punta lobos, where hotel san cristóbal has opened its doors.

facing the expanse of the pacific ocean, the intimate property is first foreign outpost of bunkouse, an austin-based boutique hotel chain, and features just 32 rooms and suites, all situated around a central pool and lounge area, in addition to a library, a seaside mirador, and a small shop. the rooms of hotel san cristóbal come in four categories, each furnished in a contemporary style with local touches, and a set of amenities that effortlessly meet the standards of today's savvy traveller, including super comfy coco-mat mattresses, custom sferra linens, (malin+goetz) bath products, both air-conditioning and ceiling fans, and complimentary wifi.

adding to the sense of total relaxation vibe is benno, an informal dining spot helmed by chef edgar palau where next to breakfast, classic mexican and mediterranean fare is served that builds on the diverse culinary abundance of the baja california peninsula. dishes are supplemented by a wine programme that focuses on supporting vignerons that farm sustainably, with a special emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines. more a fan of cocktails? no worries. the menu also features small-batch mescals, tequilas and classic warm-weather cocktails, and of course there's a selection of extra cold mexican beers readily availabe. and that's not all. hotel san cristóbal pitches in on the fun vibe with a programme of events related to music, culture and wellness. location: carretera 19, km 54-800 [playa punta lobos].

© bunkhouse / photography: nick simonite

hong kong: passing through

© agnès b. / fury

previously situated in the city's central district where it shared the venue with a brand-affliated café, agnès b. has relocated its exhibition space across victoria harbour, settling on the spacious premises of its agnès b. rue de marseille boutique at k11 mall in tsim sha tsui. along with the opening of the new gallery, now aptly named agnès b. galerie boutique, the paris-based brand inaugurates the venue with a solo exhibition of french artist dominique fury a.k.a. fury. entitled passing through, the show opens today in attendance of the artist, and features a little girl named alice in various incarnations.

incidentally, the show marks a renewed collab between the artist and the agnès b. brand, following nearly four decades of exchange between the two. based in the french capital, and a member of the punk-inspired bazooka artist collective, fury used textiles as her canvas, and launched her first collab with designer agnès b. in the 1980s with a printed t-shirt. on display at the exhibition are 60 original silkscreen prints on a range of unconventional surfaces, such as mirror, plexiglass and waxed canvas, all thematically centred around a little girl called alice, a nod to lewis carroll's iconic novel alice in wonderland [on through aug 31]. location: k11 mall, 18 hanoi road, shop 119 [tsim sha tsui].

© agnès b. / fury