Esquire (Malaysia) - - CUL­TURE - Pho­to­graphs by Char­lie Gates

Reach for the sky­line

It’s 90 years since work be­gan on Wal­ter Chrysler’s New York HQ. The re­sult was a $15m avant-garde in­dus­trial beauty, with daz­zling stain­less-steel crown. The soar­ing, fu­tur­ist shape of the Chrysler Build­ing chan­nels the op­ti­mism and en­ergy that de­fined the deco pe­riod. While we trea­sure it now, for decades it was taken for granted (the ma­jes­tic in­te­rior of the pri­vate-mem­ber­ship Cloud Club on floor 67 was ripped apart when it closed in 1979). We can only imag­ine its in­ter­nal won­ders, as artist Matthew Barney did with his Cre­mas­ter 3 movie (2002), set­ting fan­tas­ti­cal fever dream scenes in a reimag­in­ing of the space. Though the Em­pire State is a great build­ing, the Chrysler is a work of art, evok­ing the jazz age and bygone glam­our from the mar­ble and onyx in the lobby to its gleam­ing ea­gle gar­goyles star­ing down through low cloud.

Work smarter

They say a bad work­man blames his tools, but you’d have trou­ble get­ting any­thing to stick when your screw­driver is as fault­lessly sub­lime as the one in the new “La Quin­cail­lerie” hard­ware col­lec­tion by Petit h. Hermès launched Petit h in 2010, a quirky off­shoot that makes won­der­fully ec­cen­tric ob­jets us­ing left­over ma­te­ri­als and parts from its work­shops. Pieces have in­cluded a plate on wheels and a clock that looks like a mini Tro­jan horse, though La Quin­cail­lerie is de­cid­edly more prac­ti­cal. The col­lec­tion in­cludes a spirit level, clothes pegs, a coat hook, a tape mea­sure and the ham­mer and screw­drivers shown above, which should in­spire your DIY ef­forts to un­prece­dented heights. No ex­cuses. Ham­mer in togo leather; screw­driver in togo leather; Phillips screw­driver in togo leather, all by Petit h; her­

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