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Issue № 18 WINTER 2015 $12.00 U.S.

In Living Color




ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, midway through a Eu-

ropean vacation that had been marked by gray and gloomy weather, I checked into the Covent Garden Hotel in London. As soon as I set foot inside my room, I had one of those drop-your-bags-on-thefloor, mouth-agape moments. It was unlike any hotel interior I had ever experienced: there was a red upholstered bed; the drapes, bedspread, and canopy were done in a yellow floral; red paisley cushions were sprinkled throughout; the walls were covered in a yellow tone-on-tone stripe; and nailhead-studded red armchairs occupied a corner. Now, given my more neutral inclinations, this wasn’t a design scheme that I could see myself coming home to every day. But in that moment, and in the days ahead, it was just perfect. My mood instantly lifted, and I no longer minded the downpour outside my window. That’s the thing about color: whether it’s daring or subdued, it can affect us on a visceral level. This happens in homes that incorporate color in a variety of ways, from over-the-top saturation in a New York apartment (“Vivid Imagination,” page 26) to a flat in San Francisco that’s an ode to white (“Calming Influence,” page 87). Of course, there are places that fall somewhere in between as well, like a Balinese residence infused with lively shades and clean whites (“Tropical Punch,” page 106) and a Brooklyn pad that proves that bold paint choices and serenity aren’t mutually exclusive (“Creating Character,” page 75).



In this issue, we also visit with a designer who collaborates with artisan weavers to create her accessories and housewares (“Dream Weaver,” page 70) and a painter who mixes her own hues with earth as a base (“Earth Studies,” page 65). And don’t miss the essay on page 61 (“Bold Strokes”); a colorblind artist shares his remarkable personal and professional journey. Beyond aesthetics, color can influence our appetites, too—something that we explore in the food stories. The dishes presented in “A Fresh Outlook” (page 35) will likely make your mouth water. Equally alluring but on the other end of the spectrum, our entertaining feature (“Everyday Celebrations,” page 114) revolves around an allwhite dinner menu. There’s much more color-related content for Winter 2015, such as a travel dispatch from one of my favorite destinations: Sayulita, Mexico (“Where Paradise Is Found,” page 50). Perhaps as you thumb through the following pages, you’ll experience one of those awe-inspiring moments like I did all those years ago in London.

Anh-Minh Le Editor in Chief

Contents Winter 2015


BOLD STROKES 61 Defying conventional notions, a colorblind artist cultivates a successful and varied career.


VIVID IMAGINATION 26 The New York apartment of a couple of tastemakers is characterized by an exuberant palette. WHERE PARADISE IS FOUND 50 Boasting myriad attractions, it’s hard to resist the charms of Sayulita, Mexico. CALMING INFLUENCE 87 In San Francisco, a predominately white interior pays tribute to the ultimate neutral. PATTERNS AT PLAY 96 A wide range of prints enlivens a young Dutch family’s century-old residence. TROPICAL PUNCH 106 With locally procured elements and splashes of color, a house in Bali exemplifies island style. EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS 114 A group of Vancouver friends proves that every day is an occasion for a dinner party.

A FRESH OUTLOOK 35 Drawing on nature’s bounty, a chef turns out dishes as colorful as they are delicious.

EARTH STUDIES 65 In Tennessee, an artist relies on soilbased pigments to create her own paints.

A GOOD VINTAGE 42 An interior designer shares his decorating ideas on the power of paint, affordable alterations, and more.

DREAM WEAVER 70 An appreciation for the traditions and talents of artisan weavers propels an Oakland designer.

CREATING CHARACTER 75 The decor of a New York abode channels a warm-weather destination year round.

SHADES OF BEAUTY 82 A photographer traveling in Vietnam documents her vibrant sartorial encounters.










Cover Styling by




PRIZED POSSESSION Theresa Canning Zast 128







VIVID IMAGINATION In a Brooklyn abode, the stylish occupants’ flair for color is on full display



ne can’t be faulted for assuming that James Aguiar and Mark Haldeman live in one of the gorgeous brownstones that line the streets of their Brooklyn neighborhood. A stylish, often photographed couple—Mark is the U.S. regional manager for Paul Smith and James is the national fashion director for Modern Luxury publications—must of course live in a stylish place. Well, yes … and no. While their apartment is undeniably the dwelling of tastemakers, the building, truth be told, is a bit drab. It’s the real estate version of an abalone shell: not much to look at on the outside, but an incredible mélange of colors on the inside. Those who have seen the duo dressed to the nines at New York’s Easter Parade or any number of parties around town would not be surprised to see that they dwell in a similarly colorful fashion. Their outfits, usually styled by James, are anything but demure—with adornments that could include feathers, flowers, costume jewelry, and masks—and are designed to be noticed. For James, fashion and decor go hand in hand. “You can’t really be a fashionable person without living fashionably as well,” he explains. “When people come 28


to our home, it all makes sense, it completes the package.” There’s definitely a wow factor the moment one sets foot in the apartment. The foyer is the embodiment of maximal impact in a minimal space, with emeraldgreen walls; a large red chinoiserie television cabinet and not one, but two tortoise shells (one real, one faux) on the wall; and a large

This page, opposite, and previous: James Aguiar

and Mark Haldeman’s living room is appointed with a Zanotta sofa topped with John Robshaw pillows, a 1960s Edward Fields rug, leather poufs from John Derian, and various vintage and antique finds. Mark collects 1930s Czechoslovakian glass. “It’s called ‘End of Day Glass,’ as they took the leftover shards from the glass they had blown that day, threw it all together, and made these wonderfully colored vases.”

The tuna ceviche tostadas at Aloha Cafe came highly recommended by Sayulita locals and visitors alike.





Located along the coastline of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Sayulita’s charms are many, from its vibrant downtown to its natural virtues

Text by ANH-MINH LE Photographs by AMY DICKERSON


Above, clockwise from top left: Mexican crafts at the boutique inside Petit Hotel Hafa. Yolanda, a local

favorite, cooks and sells chicken on the street. Sebastian Briones owns Sayulita Dive and Surf. Below, clockwise from left: The interior of Evoke the Spirit. Owner Brittney Borjeson designs some of the

products purveyed. The outside of another shop, Pachamama, is lined with dream catchers.

“WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” asks the driver who just picked me up from the Puerto Vallarta airport. “San Francisco.” “California! You know, we have a San Francisco here—near Sayulita,” he tells me. (The San Francisco he’s referring to, a quaint village on the Mexican coast, is also known as San Pancho.) The 20-year resident of the area continues: “Sayulita has gotten very popular. People come, they rent a house, they stay for weeks.” The beach has long drawn surfers from near and far to Sayulita, a laid-back town situated about a half-hour north of Puerto Vallarta in the Mexican state of Nayarit. The increase in tourism that the driver mentioned is no doubt related to the completion in 1998 of the highway that links Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita. As we approach Sayulita’s main plaza, I can easily grasp why visitors stay for weeks—even years and indefinitely. The colorful buildings, which house plenty of eateries and shops, emit a warm and welcoming vibe. Later, as I make my way along the cobblestone streets on foot and duck into various businesses that catch my eye, a common story unfolds from the proprietors: expat arrives in Sayulita, falls in love with the area, and settles here to pursue their passion. A prime example of this is Petit Hotel Hafa, which opened in 2008 and boasts a rooftop deck that overlooks the town. For (French) husband and (Spanish) wife Christophe and Marina Mignot, Sayulita At Petit Hotel Hafa, was the ideal locale for them to live out which offers a their dream of running a small hotel in a Bohemian and tropical atmosphere, the beach community. The six-room properwalkway leading to a ty’s interior combines Mexican, Mediterguest room is painted ranean, and Moroccan elements. Think with hearts. 53

I CAN EASILY GRASP WHY VISITORS STAY FOR WEEKS— EVEN YEARS AND INDEFINITELY. rattan furnishings, vivid paint colors, star-shaped lanterns, and striped textiles. Then there’s the hotel’s signature motif: a heart. Christophe’s sisters, Nathalie and Laurence, manifested their entrepreneurial spirit in Sayulita as well: the sisters started Pachamama boutique and gallery (Delfin #4B). The shop is well known— and loved—for its signature Tahitian black pearl necklaces and brightly embroidered caftans that are inspired by Mexican wedding dresses. A short walk from Petit Hotel Hafa is Brittney Borjeson’s Evoke the Spirit (Jose Mariscal #12A). “I came to learn to surf,” recalls the former New Yorker of the vacation that brought her here three years ago. “The first day on the beach in Sayulita … I looked out to the water and saw a girl—long, straight hair, brown skin, strong. She was wearing a hot pink bikini, holding her surfboard and looking out, contemplating the break. In my mind, right then, she was happy. The kind of happy I wanted. That hot pink freedom. That is an image I hold close, even now when I am designing. I will use neutral colors and sea blues, but that bit of hot pink drives it home. I have a bench outside my shop in exactly that hot pink.” Brittney currently lives in Sayulita full time and opened her store in 2013; last March, she launched a second, smaller shop just a few blocks away, closer to the beach (Marlin #14). The merchandise at both outposts includes pieces of Brittney’s design that were crafted by indigenous Huichol artisans. For 54


The exterior of a colorful building is embellished with bottle caps. Below: Nicolas

Kerveven in his shop, Revolución del Sueño.

Text by ANH-MINH LE Photographs by AMY DICKERSON

EARTH STUDIES For a Chattanooga artist, learning to produce her own paints proved a turning point in her work

Above and below: Chattanooga

artist Amanda Brazier in her studio. On a patch of exposed ground along the highway, she collects the dirt that will be used as the pigment for a red-hued paint.




riving along Amnicola Highway in Tennessee, Amanda Brazier pulls over near a forested trail on Stringer’s Ridge. Armed with a bundle of mason jars, she makes her way to a grassy incline. Then she bends down and starts digging with a small hand shovel. She doesn’t have to dig very deep before she fills the jars. As odd as this may sound, this is the first step in Amanda’s process as an artist ( The contents of the jars will eventually become paint. Amanda brings the newly collected soil back to her studio, located in the basement of the Chattanooga home she shares with her husband, Jason, a youth minister. Later, after drying the dirt in the sun, she grinds it with a mortar and pestle, a good way to “get out some frustrations,” she jokes. She then pushes it through several sieves—the same kind that are used by geologists—to create an exceptionally fine powder. With a muller on a glass slab, she blends the powder, which is her pigment, and linseed oil. Once the mixture is to her liking, Amanda transfers it to a metal paint tube. The dirt that she gathered by the highway will become Amnicola Red. The names of her paints are always a combination of the location and the color itself. It’s a practice that she picked up from Sandy Webster, whose earthen pigments course Amanda enrolled in four years ago. That one-week workshop in North Carolina was transformative. In 2008, soon after graduating from Freed-Hardeman University, where she majored in art and Spanish, Amanda worked for a sculptor in Nashville. “He critiqued my paintings and told me, ‘You don’t know your medium, and you need to get to know your material very, very









Calming Influence A San Francisco artist and her husband create their own sanctuary with a stark, white backdrop and just the right balance of BOLD COLOR


T Previous: The dining

room is outfitted with a Saarinen table, fiberglass shell armchairs, a George Nelson pendant lamp, an Ikea storage unit, and a print by Shelly Klein. Opposite: In addition to

Tina Frey Designs resin pieces, the decorative accents in the home include Hanns-Peter Krafft sheep statues, a colorful painting from a street market in Hong Kong, and a Ross Menuez poodle pillow.



Tina Frey, founder of an eponymous San Francisco-based design firm, likes the color white. In fact, the Hong Kong-born artist and her husband, Jochen, have designed their 1920s condominium in the Marina district entirely around the crisp, clean hue in Benjamin Moore’s Super White. “When I’m at work, I see color all the time, so I like coming home to the serenity,” says Tina, who earned degrees in biology and accounting from the University of Alberta in Canada, and worked in finance for companies including Levi’s and Christian Dior. She now spends most of her days at her studio and showroom in the Dogpatch neighborhood. A self-taught designer, Tina learned about fabricating with resin—the material of choice for her home accessories and small furnishings collection—by reading lots of books. She continues: “I love white since it goes with everything, but the next favorite colors around the house are turquoise and blues. I also like throwing in pops of sunshine-yellow because it was the color of my bedroom when I was young.” It’s obvious that she and Jochen—a software engineer who grew up in Lowenstein, Germany—have labored over every detail of the 1,200-square-foot home that they’ve shared for 10 years, down to the meticulous placement of playful and colorful accents, all with a slight wink. “When I moved in, it was a total bachelor pad, and the ‘before’ pictures were hideous,” says Tina, referring to the dark paint and the kitchen that was once fashioned with terra-cotta tile flooring. She and Jochen met in September 2002 at defunct Cozmo’s restaurant and bar. At the time, he had recently purchased the property, which had been a rental unit, and held off on embarking on any major home improvements. Luckily, the two have a similar minimalist and modern design aesthetic. “It was really funny because we had a bunch of things in common, from the same cutlery to the same old Siemens telephone, and it was just easy [to create a home together] because we had similar ideas about style and decor,” says Tina.



“It was just easy [to create a home together] because we had similar ideas about style and DECOR.” Using the white backdrop as a “bare canvas” for intermittent bursts of color, the strategic white-to-color ratio begins in the upstairs foyer with a pair of Eames plywood chairs dotted with botanical throw pillows and placed atop a customized blue area rug made from FLOR carpet tiles. The adjacent living room is replete with a mix of modern and collected finds, like a white leather daybed from Room & Board juxtaposed with a lacquered turquoise cocktail table from Jonathan Adler, inlaid bone chairs from India (procured from Tina’s travels there), and a framed black-and-white print, La Mela e La Pera by Enzo Mari, that hangs above the mantel. “The light is so nice here and we love to read in this room,” says Tina, who also decorated the space with her own striped, egg-yolk yellow vessels and irreverent touches such as two, full-sized, fluffy sheep statues by German designer Hanns-Peter Krafft. “I got them at Maison & Objet in Paris, and they remind me of our standard poodles, Zoe and Ali. It’s kind of a way to have your stuffed animals as an adult. Sometimes Jochen vetoes things, but I think he just laughed when I brought these home.”

Opposite: In their living room,

Tina and Jochen Frey are joined by standard poodles Ali and Zoe. High-backed chairs from Hay flank a yellow table of Tina’s design, while Fredrik Mattson’s PXL pendant lamp hangs aloft. This page, left to right: In the

living room, the contemporary turquoise cocktail table and white leather sofa are counterbalanced by ornate, inlaid bone chairs that Tina purchased in India. Visitors to the home are greeted by Ali, as well as a pair of Eames chairs topped with pillows by Three Sheets 2 the Wind.



TropicalPunch Text by ANH-MINH LE Photographs by PRUE ROSCOE/TAVERNE AGENCY

Produced and Styled by TAMI CHRISTIANSEN 22


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ground level of Paola Zancanaro’s abode opens onto a garden and pool. “I swim a few times a week,” she says. “The pool is more a treat for my friends when they visit!”


lose your eyes. Now try to imagine your perfect retreat on the Indonesian island of Bali. Chances are, Paola Zancanaro’s residence is pretty spot on. For starters, there’s the lush garden with a swimming pool, a coveted amenity in a place where the average year-round temperatures are in the 80s. The living and dining spaces are open to the outdoors, with woven shades that can be raised and lowered as desired. On the balcony outside

her second-floor bedroom, Paola indulges in massages, “as there is a beautiful breeze,” she notes. The doors throughout were made by local wood carvers, and painted in electric colors: cherry red, cinnamon orange, and sun-kissed yellow. Sheer curtains cascade from canopy beds embellished with patterned textiles from India and Indonesia. Iron filigree railings, terracotta roof tiles, and whitewashed rattan ceilings further add to the home’s tropical appeal. Paola describes the two-story structure as “traditional Balinese architecture with a touch of a Bohemian, colonial feeling.” The house is located in Petitenget, a quiet residential district just five minutes from the beach. “I had been traveling to Asia for several years, and it was always my dream to live in Asia,” says Paola of her 2007 move to Bali. A native of the Liguria region of Italy, she previously called Milan and London home. Three years after arriving in Bali, Paola opened a boutique, Namu (, that specializes in women’s apparel and handcrafted objects for the home—think lightweight kaftans in cheery prints, richly textured stingray clutches, and contemporary Burmese rice pots done in resin. She has long held jobs in the fashion industry, having started her career in the market-

The homeowner uses the balcony outside her bedroom mainly for massages. Opposite: The dining and liv-

ing areas lack exterior walls, but can be enclosed by lowering the woven shades.





Everyday Celebrations For a dinner party featuring a perfectly wintry white menu, the host invokes the mantra of “celebrating the everyday”

Text and Recipes by JACKIE KAI ELLIS Photographs by CLAUDETTE CARRACEDO Tabletop Styling by DARCI ILICH 26


Host Jackie Kai Ellis readies the table for the party. Opposite: Creamy

vanilla-bean panna cotta and sugar-dusted vanilla butter cookies are the finale of a white-themed meal.

A refreshing salad combines Belgian endive with pomelo. Left: Puréed parsnips

make for a luscious soup that is ideal on a winter night.

Right after the jingling marathon of holiday parties, but before the reviving inhale of spring, exists the quietest moments of winter. Like a momentary pause, a musical caesura, the first few months of the new year can be viewed as the great in-between. Yet despite how uneventful this stretch may seem, its stillness teaches me one unique lesson year after year: life is, in fact, largely lived in the moments between—between the birthdays, anniversaries, and rites of passage. It reminds me to stop waiting for occasions to raise a glass, and to toast for absolutely no reason at all. It wasn’t always this way. I used to wait for Valentine’s Day to buy flowers or for birthdays to eat cake. The idea of celebrating the everyday lingered 116


above me on lofty clouds of inspirational books. I never quite grasped it, until I moved to France. In 2011, I closed my thriving design firm to follow my passion for food. I’m sure it seemed to others like an early case of a middle-aged crisis, but instead of leather and a motorcycle, I enrolled in a pastry school in Paris. I simply had decided that I didn’t want to regret not trying the things in life I wanted to experience. So I exchanged my 10-year career for chef’s whites and student life. Upon arriving in France, I immersed myself as much as I could, forcing myself into the language like a clumsy, hungry teenager. I observed the nuances of the everyday: my fellow students partaking in two-hour lunches, grandmothers indulging in ice cream cones on weekday mornings, and businesswomen commuting on the subway with furs. I consumed pain au chocolat for breakfast and dessert after each meal. (I may have exaggerated the habit slightly.) As Parisian life began to feel second nature, it dawned on me that I had been, in fact, celebrating the everyday without even knowing it. I paused

For the main course, Jackie pairs duck confit with a mashed potato crust; the British-inspired dish is served with bread and a currant relish.

Photograph by DAVID A. LAND

PRIZED Possession

THERESA CANNING ZAST is the creative director of Kate Spade Saturday (, a global lifestyle brand that she launched in the spring of 2013. Her proudest accomplishments are her six-year-old boy, Charlie, and his fouryear-old sister, Vivian.



“My husband’s family is from Buffalo. On a visit in 2004, we stopped in at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There, we stumbled upon this Alec Soth photo of a roadside motel. The formal composition of the ordinary scene drew me in. I’ve always been attracted to clean color and strong graphics—perhaps that is why the image stuck with me. That year, for our first anniversary, I looked into buying the photo for my husband, but couldn’t swing it financially. A decade later, for my birthday, Jon surprised me with the framed print. He never knew that I had once attempted to buy it for him. I guess it was meant to be.”

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