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Artisanal Cement Tiles Inspired by Modernist Homes

Artisanal Cement Tiles Inspired by Modernist Homes

If Indiana Jones took a turn toward the elegant and developed an obsession with textiles, he might be a bit like Louis Barthélemy, the French illustrator and designer who travels to Africa and the Middle East to work with weavers and craftspeople who are skilled in traditional techniques. Ishkar, a London-based company that collaborates with NGOs and artisans to create job opportunities for those living in isolated areas of countries often affected by war, recently commissioned him to create a capsule collection with women weavers in Afghanistan. Barthélemy typically works with artisans in person to create tapestries or rugs but, since the Taliban retook power in 2021, he’s had to connect with the weavers remotely. At the start of their collaboration, Barthélemy asked the weavers to draw a place that symbolized beauty to them. Many of the women chose the 14th-century Bagh-e Babur (Babur’s Garden) in Kabul. Images from those drawings, and one by Barthélemy himself, were then combined to create the patterns for three different rugs. Each one took about six months for the women to hand knot from Ghazni Wool. They are, Barthélemy says, “a collective dream of an ancient paradise.” The rugs can be seen in London at Sunbury Workshops on Swanfield Street from April 24-26, and through September at the Ishkar flagship showroom; from about $4,000,

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In the lush countryside linking off radar Corrèze to the Lot region in Southwest France, almost hugging the banks of the Dordogne river, a striking 19th-century manor house recently underwent a dramatic reconstruction. This is Cueillette. Here, in a light-filled room whose ceiling blooms with almost Surreal apple forms, the building’s owners — the publicity-shy Gervoson-Chapoulart family that’s behind Andros, the company whose brands include those cute little pots of Bonne Maman jam — have installed the chef Oscar Garcia. When he was 25, Garcia was France’s youngest Michelin-starred chef, so it’s somewhat startling to find him, a decade later, in the middle of beautiful nowhere, serving up hyperlocal haute cuisine. (Besides the dining room, usefully, are five guest rooms.) Dishes tread the line between delicacy and substance. There might be trout or sturgeon from the river, game shot locally, Limousin beef, fruit and vegetables from the property’s own orchards and gardens. Cueillette had Michelin justifiably…

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