Babylonstoren

South Africa's rural oasis offering a garden of earthly delights

Located about 40 miles outside Cape Town in the renowned wine region of Franschhoek, the lush 500-acre Babylonstoren feels more like a utopia than a farm. Originally cultivated by French Huguenot refugees in the late 1600s, today the former estate’s historic grounds house a staggeringly beautiful maze of gardens and vineyards populated by crisp, traditional Cape Dutch-style buildings. As the name suggests, the ethereal landscape …

Anyone and No One

Behemoth sculptures from scaled-down materials by Will Ryman

Currently at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, “Anyone and No One” is an exhibition that tests the limits of scale and complexity. The three pieces that compose the show are situated in both of Paul Kasmin’s two Chelsea locations—a first for the gallery—and thoroughly invade the spaces from floor to ceiling. We’re always on the lookout for art borne from the “painstaking process“, and Will Ryman‘s …

Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector

A playful alternative to this home necessity

While navigating the endless maze at the 2012 NY International Gift Fair, we came across this playful take on a home essential, the smoke detector. The Chick-a-Dee is, simply put, a smoke detector shaped like a bird; it brings a bit of life to a device designed to protect it. As the winner of the Mooi uit de brand design competition, the Chick-a-Dee previously sold …