San Franciscans who think Williams-Sonoma is the ultimate in home design will be falling all over themselves for a reservation at Spruce when the 70-seat restaurant opens in San Francisco in July. The home-décor behemoth is partnering with Spruce to create a showcase for its latest home-design line — think mohair sofas and walls, saddle-leather chairs, and lots of African wood. Chef Mark Sullivan’s menu boasts delicacies like Blue-Foot Chicken and Sweetbreads with Mousseline Sauce. Bring your wallet — entrées start at $17. 3640 Sacramento St.
Stay: Urban boutique in LA
Anyone who’s been forced to spend the night near LAX knows it’s not the place for playful, design-driven accommodations. Enter Custom Hotel, opening in late August. For an airport hotel it’s not bad. In fact, it combines the cheek of boutique with a great location. Check out the poolside tapas bar, the vintage vending machines that dispense socks and Silly Putty, or watch 747s take off from the sundeck. Tired? Get some shut-eye on the big S-shaped couch in one of the hotel’s “Layover Rooms.” If nothing else, you can always hover around the shag-carpeted lobby, outfitted with stools shaped like sheep! The fun starts cheaply at $129 a night.
See: London’s surreal appeal
Do dreams haunt our waking life? The Surrealists thought so, and the art movement they created around the idea had a huge impact on painting, literature, music, and design in the first half of the 20th century. Surreal Things: Surrealism in Design, a show now up at London’s ever-inventive Victoria & Albert Museum, looks at the impact of surrealism on everything from commercial products like telephones and straight-back chairs to movies and couture. Even if surrealism isn’t your thing, the 300-plus paintings and iconic objects in the show make this a must-see for art lovers.
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Drink: Chicago’s eco-friendly nightlife
Afraid of pulling a Paris Hilton this Saturday night? Skip the double martini and unwind with a “nutritious cocktail” at Chicago’s new Butterfly Social Club. The “all-natural” canteen features organic, chemical-free drinks made with ingredients like Peruvian Maca Root, Yerba Maté, and Tibetan Goji Berries. Devotion to sustainability doesn’t stop at the bar. Trees and living vines grow from the walls, recycled wood speakers look like tree trunks, and the club is powered by solar and kinetic energy.
Shop: Homespun in Buenos Aires
Fashionistas in Buenos Aires who rhapsodize over the forward-thinking looks from Tramando — the label that claims it “beckons touching” — now have a reason to get excited about dressing up their homes. The Recoleta-based shop’s new upper level features colorful home objects made from the remnants of recycled textiles — knitted earth-toned pillows, faux Tiffany lamps, and rectangular rugs splattered with big polka dots. The skinny black-and-white vase, which looks like a tree trunk, begs for a few fresh blooms.
Play: Wine Therapy in NYC
Grapes, it turns out, aren’t just for making wine. They also keep your skin soft. At Delluva Vinotherapy Day Spa, in Tribeca, good-for-you products are derived from grape seeds, seed extracts, and oils that have high concentrations of antioxidants that “enhance micro-circulation.” We don’t know anything about that, but we did love unwinding in the TheraVINE Barrel Bath, where you get massaged with jets in a hydrotherapy tub, exfoliated with grape seeds, and slicked with Pinotage oil. Treatments start at $120 for 60 minutes. Warning: this stuff is habit-forming.
Photo credit: (1) Salvador Dali and Edward James ‘Arm’ Chair, carved by John English, c.1936. The Trustees of the Edward James Foundation, West Dean (c) Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, DACS, London 2007. Courtesy of the V&A Museum; (2) Courtesy of Custom Hotel; (3) Courtesy of Tramando.