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Even as it’s changed over the years, the Hudson Valley remains a bounty of resources, both natural and cultural. Chleo, a new wine bar and restaurant in Kingston, the heart of the valley, harvests the best of both. Its menu stars local produce—recent highlights include a grilled potato salad with ramps and roe, and a sherry maple pie—complimented by New York brews, ciders, and a host of wines from further afield.
Its interiors, by New York’s own Islyn Studio, pick from the best of the area’s ample fields of designers, including lighting by RBW manufactured in their new factory nearby. A hearth gives guests a place to gather around as it glows within an open kitchen limewashed a pale gray, while wood detailing throughout comes courtesy of local spalted maple. The rest is a tribute to tending your own garden, a new destination in Kingston whose furniture, ceramics, millworkers, florals, art, and even linens are almost entirely made in the neighborhood. —Jesse Dorris
RH expands to England with an all-in-one design and hospitality hub at Aynho Park.
RH has unveiled its first step in global expansion with the opening of RH England, The Gallery at Aynho Park. Located just outside Banbury, the park has been transformed into a 55,000-square-foot design and hospitality experience, showcasing home furnishings, art, antiques, and artifacts from around the world. The venue offers 60 rooms, including exhibition spaces, a design library, presentation rooms, and dining options such as live-fire dining in The Orangery and American Bistro fare in The Conservatory. RH England at Aynho Park represents the brand’s latest foray into blending design and hospitality on a global scale.
Apple is preparing to unveil a mixed-reality headset at its next developer conference.
Apple is preparing to unveil a mixed-reality headset at its developer conference, potentially paving the way for a successor to the smartphone. The device’s arrival could shape expectations for the metaverse, impacting the fashion industry by transforming consumer shopping habits and opening up new markets for digital goods. While Apple’s track record suggests it could be successful, there are still technological challenges to overcome, and the headset is expected to be priced at around $3,000. The response to Apple’s headset will reveal the potential of mixed reality and its transformative power in the near future.
FXCollaborative revamps the Rockefellers’ Orangerie into a performing arts venue.
In 1908, John D. Rockefeller commissioned William Welles Bosworth to design a winter storage facility for his orange trees, inspired by the Orangerie at Versailles. The Beaux Arts Orangerie, located on Rockefeller’s Hudson Valley estate, was later entrusted to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2019, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced plans to transform the Orangerie into a public arts venue, with FXCollaborative overseeing the adaptive reuse and designing a small expansion. The project focused on preserving the integral facades while upgrading the windows for improved performance. The interior was reconfigured to include gallery and performance spaces, while environmental sustainability was prioritized, with a net-zero energy goal and the use of carbon-reducing techniques.
Delta is debuting an innovative foldable airplane seat tailored for wheelchair users.
Delta Air Lines has partnered with consortium Air4all to develop a foldable seat system that allows wheelchair users to remain in their own chairs throughout the flight. The prototype, set to be unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, features a design inspired by foldable cinema chairs, with metal legs that can be concealed when folded. The seat aims to provide comfort, safety, and accessibility for wheelchair users while allowing Delta to maintain its cabin design.
LVMH appoints Dan Ruff as the chief executive of its Belmond hospitality division.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has appointed Dan Ruff as the new CEO of its Belmond hospitality division following the continued resurgence of high-end travel post-pandemic. Ruff, who has been with Belmond since 2018, brings extensive experience in operations and asset management to the role. He will oversee prestigious properties such as the Cipriani in Venice, the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train.
Instagram-friendly cookware brand Great Jones has sold itself to a conglomerate.
Great Jones, the popular cookware brand known for its Instagram-friendly products, is being acquired by manufacturer and distributor Meyer Corporation, one of its investors and suppliers. The acquisition will allow Great Jones to tap into Meyer’s resources, including its family of brands and extensive patent portfolio. Despite the challenges faced by consumer goods startups in raising capital, Great Jones aims to expand its distribution and continue its vision of becoming a long-standing heritage brand.
Edward Enninful will depart British Vogue and transition into a global advisory role.
British Vogue has announced that Edward Enninful will be departing his roles as European editorial director of Vogue and editor-in-chief of British Vogue next year. Enninful will transition to a global advisory role at Vogue, contributing to the brand’s creative and cultural success. As Enninful moves into his new position, British Vogue will hire a new head of editorial content to align with other European editions. The successor has not yet been named, and Enninful will continue to oversee the heads of editorial content for Vogue’s European editions for now.