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London’s McQueens Flowers has headed stateside, opening its first U.S. storefront in New York this spring. The floral powerhouse is best known for creating over-the-top arrangements for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the Wimbledon Championship Ball, as well as for London luxury hotels Claridge’s and the Connaught.
Now, not only can New Yorkers access McQueens’ terrariums, orchids and candles in-store and online, but they can also learn to fashion their own lavish bouquets at the accompanying McQueens International Flower School. The new brick-and-mortar will host everything from one-day workshops to vocational professional courses.
Inspired by furniture designer Sam Maloof, along with Danish modernist icons Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner, former U.S. military officer and woodland firefighter Justin Nelson began Fernweh Woodworking out of his Bend, Oregon, garage workshop in 2015.
A self-taught woodworker who is just as passionate about design, Nelson has a catalog of small-batch minimalist tables (such as the Tripod Tables, below) and chairs, all designed and produced in-house. “I view myself as just a beginner woodworker and designer, and to some extent I hope to always feel that way,” he says. “No matter how much you learn, you should always be overwhelmed and excited by the oceans of things yet to be discovered. I hope to do my small part to keep the craft of woodworking not only alive, but fresh.”
When asked about his 2020 plans, Nelson dreams big: He plans to incorporate several more pieces into his line, including a dining chair, a contemporary lounge chair and ottoman set, and a new ottoman design for his current award-winning sling chair, Fernweh’s inaugural design (above). Nelson intends to move his company’s headquarters to a larger space in Bend as well.
Austin-based designer and retailer Julie Smith understands how well drinks pair with design. So in late 2018, she officially opened Jules Design Bar under the same roof as her studio, Julie Smith Design and Retail, serving up cocktails in a European-inspired atmosphere featuring crisp black and white details, crystal chandeliers, a long bar topped by a steel counter and sofa-style seating.
Now customers can browse a variety of edgy yet timeless offerings–including lighting, furniture, art and accessories–all while enjoying a signature “Jules” Old Fashioned, craft cocktail, whiskey or wine.
“I love our culture, the Jules Design Bar team and the crowd we have attracted, and I never take it for granted,” says Smith, who also offers design services. “My goal for the bar is to cultivate a culture of kindness and friendliness, with interesting people, events and retail–all paired with yummy and interesting libations.”
From Portland to Vancouver, a trio of eclectic interiors invites elevated drinking and dining experiences.
Little Neon Taco
While many Pacific Northwest restaurants play to their surroundings with moodier earth tones and rustic furnishings, the design of Little Neon Taco in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood (1011 Boren Ave.) transports patrons to a warmer climate with bright white walls and bold color complementing its Mexican-inflected menu. Chef/owner Monica Dimas purchased the space to give her former pop-up a permanent home. Photos of old plaster grottos in Mexico inspired Tamara Codor and Sterling Voss of Codor Design to craft the eatery’s focal point, a brightly lit corner bar, in white plaster with built-in block shelves for a lively mix of traditional decor and useful storage. The lighting overhead—large globes suspended from sound-dampening rosettes—offers a beautiful solution to a common problem. littleneontaco.com
Downtown Portland’s 20th-century Woodlark Building and the Cornelius Hotel have been combined to create The Woodlark Hotel. In addition to 150 guest rooms, the hotel boasts an elegant cocktail bar, Abigail Hall (813 SW Alder St.). In line with owner Jennifer Quist of Holler Hospitality’s vision for a comfortable hangout with a nod to women’s history, Smith Hanes Studio modeled its design after the Cornelius Hotel’s original lounge: a ladies’ reception hall with a pink and green palette. The original penny tile floors and coffered ceiling were replicated in the space, where hand-painted wallpaper by Michael Paulus begins at the bar and borders velvet barstools, an emerald tiled fireplace, curved booths and marble tables. Quist named the bar after women’s suffrage activist Abigail Scott Duniway. abigailhallpdx.com
Blossom Dim Sum & Grill
Eric Yang, former general manager of acclaimed contemporary Chinese restaurant Mott 32, pays homage to Vancouver’s cultural diversity with his new 6,000-square-foot East-meets-West eatery Blossom Dim Sum & Grill (808 Bute St.). The stylish spot’s design certainly looks the part: a vibrant mix of Asian-influenced decor such as tufted velvet banquettes, a Chinese parasol-themed installation and an eye-catching mural of oversize cherry blossoms by local artist Tyler Toews. “Vancouver is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and we wanted to bring this to life under one roof,” says Yang. blossomdimsum.com