A New Range of Honey From the Gardens of LeBron James and Ai Weiwei

Because the spring of 2020, Richard Christiansen’s Flamingo Estate has grown from promoting produce containers to providing a wide selection of made-in-California merchandise, together with garden-scented candles, wine and regeneratively farmed olive oil. However earlier than all of that, there was honey. The very first thing Christiansen — the founding father of the advert company Chandelier Artistic — did upon shifting to his densely vegetated seven-acre property in Los Angeles’s Highland Park in 2016 was set up some beehives. As a baby in rural Australia, he had been surrounded by his mother and father’ hives: “It’s simply this timeless, stunning factor that everybody can do,” he says. Earlier this yr, Christiansen put in hives within the gardens of some well-known associates and followers of Flamingo Property, with all proceeds from the ensuing honey bought this vacation season going to quite a few charities, together with Most cancers for School and Refugees Worldwide. In southern Portugal, the artist Ai Weiwei’s bees are feasting on olive timber. Will Ferrell, Tiffany Haddish and LeBron and Savannah James have hives in several elements of Los Angeles, and Julianne Moore has been internet hosting hers in Montauk, on Lengthy Island. “These bees are like my youngsters, so I solely wished them to go to the most effective locations,” Christiansen says. (His personal swarm was used for the Los Angeles websites; elsewhere, he relied on trusted native apiarists.) Going ahead, he plans to introduce his bees to different fabulous gardens. As he sees it, it’s a sort of trip for these industrious bugs. “These bees get up,” he says, “they usually fly out to essentially the most wonderful view.” From $250, flamingoestate.com.Ella Riley-Adams


The artist and designer Norman Teague describes his work as being “of the African American tradition.” Within the case of the 2 chairs he’s at the moment growing for Knoll, that meant taking inspiration from the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Ala., direct descendants of enslaved individuals who turned icons of American craft. The main points of the chairs, which he hopes to debut in 2024, are nonetheless underneath wraps, however he guarantees vibrant coloration and “a sure degree of horny” to associate with the old school patchwork.

Having grown up on the South Aspect of Chicago because the son of a Baptist preacher, Teague was within the M.F.A. program on the College of the Artwork Institute of Chicago in 2015 when he joined a bunch of scholars presenting at Salone del Cellular in Milan. His Sinmi stool, an experimental bentwood rocking chair, earned a spot within the Artwork Institute of Chicago’s everlasting assortment. “It was an enormous deal to go from scholar to exhibitor,” says Teague, now 54, whose items since have been acquired by the Museum of Fashionable Artwork in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork, amongst different establishments.

Together with the Knoll undertaking, he’s consulting on furnishings for exhibit galleries on the Obama Presidential Middle in Jackson Park and serving as one of many inaugural fellows of the artist Theaster Gates’s Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab, a partnership with the Prada Group that funds and promotes Black creators. At the moment on view on the Art Center Highland Park is Teague’s eight-foot-tall cupboard of curiosities. “Traditionally, that sort of cupboard has been for wealthy white males in locations of energy to accommodate issues like stuffed geese,” he says. As an alternative, he’ll invite his fellow creatives to, in his phrases, “protect Black moments,” envisioning a showcase stuffed with every little thing from poetry and whiskey bottles to sneakers and artwork. Additionally in progress is an arts area on the South Aspect, which is able to provide varied workshops and home his fabrication studio.

However proper now, his prime precedence helps his mom, Jean Carol Teague, renew her passport in time to affix him subsequent spring on the Venice Structure Biennale, the place his designs can be in the USA Pavilion. Says Teague: “My mama is so proud.” — Allison Duncan


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