GUIDE TO THE SUMMER
PLACES, PRODUCTS AND PASTIMES FOR THE SEASON TO COME.
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.
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; hermes.com.