Hello, friends…Here’s this week’s Sunday Seven in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel!
Karl Lagerfeld, the prolific designer whose career helped to form the modern luxury fashion industry, died on Tuesday in Paris. Creative director of Chanel, Fendi, and founder of his own line, Lagerfeld was the definition of a fashion polyglot, able to speak the language of many different brands at the same time. He transformed not only the fortune of Chanel, but cleared a new path for designers who came after, like Tom Ford (Gucci), John Galliano (Dior), and more. RIP.
Just learned about the Tianjin Binhai Library near Beijing — this has to be the world’s most gorgeous space for books! it reminds me of the Guggenheim as an all-white space with undulating rows of books that swirl around, and allows visitors to walk among various shelves while browsing for any given title. It also has a beautiful light radiating from the spherical eye situated in the middle of the building. More at the link.
I get a lot of requests for restaurant help in LA and NYC, which can definitely be hard to keep up with. There is a lot going on in LA, well always, but this link sums up some of the latest restaurant news. Notably, the downtown opening of the highly anticipated Manufactory, which is a collaboration between San Fran’s Tartine and Phoenix’s Pizzeria Bianco — a 40,000 square ft. space housing a bakery, market, coffee roastery and lab, and multiple great restaurants!
In July 2019, you can take part in a manned dive to the wreck of the Titanic, which lies 3,800 meters below sea level on the bed of the Atlantic. After the dive, chefs will recreate a lavish 10-course dinner originally enjoyed by first-class passengers before the disastrous iceberg collision. Food will be paired with wines from the period and will include a bottle of the 1907 Heidsieck Gout Champagne, the vintage originally drunk on the Titanic. While this concept is very cool, it also definitely freaks me out!
Remember TWA? They were around in the mid-century glory days for air travel. In 1962, Eero Saarinen designed an futuristic, cutting-edge Jet Age TWA Flight Center in the JFK airport terminal that instantly became iconic. But the once-regal TWA Flight Center has been shuttered since 2001 when TWA went under. Now, it’s reopening as a glamorous, Jet Age hotel starting May 15th. I’d love to snag a room sometime!
Who’s excited for Hollywood’s biggest night? I love watching the Oscars! This link is all about what Wolfgang Puck is serving to the stars tonight – there are classics from his 25-year gig, like the chocolate Oscar statuettes covered in 24 karat gold, Miyazaki wagyu beef, pea agnolotti, and mac n cheese with winter truffles. And there are new additions like a Nashville-style hot fried quail on a red velvet waffle. Wouldn’t you love to be eating some snacks and people-watching at THAT party?!
I’ll leave you with the fact that it’s the tail end of National Drink Wine With Your Cat Week (February 18 to February 24). I KNOW! Today is the last day left to celebrate! Get your wine and cat petting in!
I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing rest of your weekend! I’m looking forward to the Oscar-watching tonight!