Helming a classic, well-established company in the 21st century is tough enough work as it is without also having to deal with an intrinsic indebtedness to DNA. But, in the case of Xavier Dupuy, third generation President of La Cornue, the opportunity to bring his custom ranges to a more contemporary-leaning audience seems to have been somewhat of a no-brainer. In conjunction with French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, W. By La Cornue is a fearlessly modern project for the 105-year-old company—and their first new line in 30 years. We talked to Dupuy about bringing his ranges to U.S. markets, their rigorous production standards, and how to establish longevity with contemporary design.
If reminiscing about summer camp gives you all-too-vivid memories of DEET-laced bug juice and failed make outs, you’re due for an attitude adjustment—for design-minded travelers, these nostalgic and outdoorsy getaways are right on target (insert archery joke here).
There’s a boutique hotel tucked away in Phoenicia, New York that sells bold t-shirts starkly demanding Catskills vs. the Hamptons as if to imply “Choose a side.” Besides the tri-state’s penchant for competitiveness on nearly everything, one thing’s for certain: There’s a new weekend destination on the map—and Graham & Co. is the summer’s hippest way to enjoy the West Hudson.
Last year, four Brooklyn-based friends—among them OAK founder Jeff Madalena and Athletics Creative Director Jason Gnewikow—noticed their local roadside motel had been recently vacated and, they thought, could benefit from their collective design prowess. They snapped it up and redesigned it from the ground up. Custom-built beds of reclaimed wood, vintage fixtures, house-branded bath amenities, and a free Budweiser at check-in; everything at Graham & Co. has been well considered and expertly executed. Consider our side chosen.
Graham & Co. is located at 80 Route 214 Phoenicia, New York.