The diet of the average Canadian university student leaves much to be desired. However, if a dearth of dining options is part of the issue, then things are looking up at the University of British Columbia, where Wildlight Kitchen + Bar, an elegant new restaurant with a proudly West Coast menu, is upping the ante.
First Look: Hotel La Compañía
At the heart of the city is the Casco Antiguo, a historic district, UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to Hotel La Compañía.
Zenith Debuts a New Pilot Collection
Zenith introduces a new collection of pilot watches envisioned for a more modern wearer. The result is a resolutely more urban style intended not just for inflight but also as an everyday timekeeper.
A Stunning New Hotel with a Library of Rare Books
Forty thousand. That’s how many books were purchased for the two new hotels, Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha, occupying Qatar’s newest sky-scraping landmark, the Katara Towers. This is no ordinary collection of books—it’s thought to be one of the single largest book purchases ever. Rare finds and first editions are included in the mix, most of which are at Raffles Doha.
Design Space: Sounds Familiar by Studiotamat
In Rome’s bohemian Trastevere neighbourhood, a former garage has a new life as a vibrant ode to vinyl culture.
Rolex Unveils New Models for 2023
Today, on the first day of Watches and Wonders, the Swiss king of watchmaking announced their time tellers for the year. And for one particular model, there has been plenty of polarizing chatter.
The Rise of Private Wine Stores
But some entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to open wine stores. If a bottle of wine could be sold with a meal, they reasoned, a bottle of wine could be sold with a bag of chips.
Tandoori Spiced Cauliflower With All the Fixings
Chef Ahenakew has provided NUVO’s readers with his recipe for tandoori spiced cauliflower served with spiced beluga lentils, roasted red pepper vinaigrette, and herbed yogurt.
Anastasia Tabarovskaia Brings International Flair to Her Queen East Studio
Anastasia Tabarovskaia’s fuses Russian art nouveau design and Japanese minimalist principles to create handmade pieces of high jewellery. With five generations of creativity in her genes, and a patient, technical approach to design, she produces sculptural creations that bring to light her artistic coming-of-age story.
Watches and Wonders 2023
Watches and Wonders, the annual event in Geneva, is set to begin on Monday and collectors, enthusiasts, retailers, and press have descended upon the Swiss city. From March 27 through April 2, with the final two days open to the public, the great unveiling will take place at the Palexpo convention centre.
Home of the Week: Follyfield by Studio McW
When a young family moved from London to a rural hamlet near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, they wanted to be closer to their families. They were also drawn to country living—and the 18th-century stone house they acquired, Follyfield, is surrounded by vast gardens.
High Notes: The Modern Vintage Sound of Preston Pablo
At just 21, Preston Pablo is making major headway in the effervescent world of R&B and pop music. Pablo brings a new perspective that is both refreshing and exciting.
Ben Johnston Opens Wordplay at Toronto’s Taglialatella Gallery
Multidisciplinary artist and designer Ben Johnston has a way with words. The Toronto creative’s murals, paintings, and most recently, sculptures feature colourful three-dimensional word art that offer a moment of reflection for the viewer.
Nalini Malani Brings Crossing Boundaries Exhibition to the MMFA
One of India’s most prominent artists and a pioneer of video art in the country, Nalini Malani is recognized worldwide for her multilayered works incorporating film, painting, photography, and performance, as well as for her tireless feminist activism.
Bar Cart: Sotol La Higuera Dasylirion Wheeleri
Like mezcal before it, sotol is the next Mexican spirit set to take over back bars and bar carts the world over.
Gold and Wine in the Golden State
At California’s Ironstone Vineyards, there’s a glittering reminder of the origins of the state’s wine industry during the California Gold Rush.
In Cognac, a New Contender Has Entered the Ring
Hennessy (LVMH), Rémy Martin (Rémy Cointreau), Courvoisier (Beam Suntory), and Martell (Pernod Ricard). For years these were the cognac competitors of note, but more recently, Campari Group’s Bisquit & Dubouché has entered the ring.
First Look: Hotel Versailles
Roadtripping into the heart of Ohio leads travellers to the stylish doors of Hotel Versailles, newly built on a spot that has welcomed travellers for over 150 years.
Inside the Newly Refreshed Spa at the Arizona Biltmore
Paying homage to the American southwest’s natural and dusty peache colour palette, Tierra Luna Spa and Sol Garden is a Palo Santo-scented sanctuary of style with creamy adobe walls, oversized soaking tubs, and innovative treatments , which can be undertaken indoors and outdoors to make the most of the mountain views and Sonoran Desert scenery.
Design Space: Formula Fig Ambleside by JJ Walsh and Scott + Scott Architects
If Oz’s Emerald City opened a chic high-tech facial bar, it would surely look something like Formula Fig’s facilities. Awash in textural greens, the spaces speak to the design power, and peace, of monochromaticity.
The Rugged Side of Palm Springs
Palm Springs has transformed from your grandparents’ hot spot to hopping it-spot beloved by hipsters and cool kids alike.
The World’s Largest Anime Store Opens in Tokyo
A mecca of manga and anime is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Tokyo this spring. Japan’s largest anime chain’s Animate Ikebukoro Flagship Store feted its grand opening on March 16, to the joy of otaku everywhere.
Cheesy, Heavenly Choux Pastries
Chef Ashley Kurtz of Vancouver’s Restaurant Vignette gives classic French gougères a lift thanks to loads of mushrooms and even more cheese than usual. Piped full of two types of sauce and best served with a heaping amount of cheese, these fantastically balanced pastry balls are ideal little bites to start any meal. Think of them as cream puffs for adults.
Home of the Week: North Salem Farm by Worrell Yeung
Worrell Yeung fully renovated and expanded the old dairy barn, which serves as the main house, with its gabled form establishing an architectural theme.
High Notes: Bella White’s Divine Articulation of Melancholy
When listening to her heart-wrenching ballads, the combination of her soft, country/folk twang and poetic prose feels exceptionally intimate, like the pages of a diary sung out loud in a dimly lit room. White’s lyrics go far beyond her 22 years of age, making sense of even the most complex emotions. It’s emo excellence.
The Best Women’s Sneakers for Spring
To celebrate our ankles’ first glimpses of sunlight in months, we’ve rounded up this season’s best women’s sneakers, from vibrant desplays of colour to waterproof neutrals. Warmer days, here we come!
Vicem Recalls 1950s Motor Yachts With Its Modern and Magnificent 55 Classic Flybridge
For those who appreciate the effortless grace of classic designs but value modern performance and comfort, this is one yacht that’s built without compromise.
Parquet: Toronto’s Newest French Bistro
Toronto’s Harbord Village recently welcomed Parquet, a 50-seat French restaurant with warm-toned leather seats, mirror- and wood-lined walls, a black-veined white-marble bar, and a menu that incorporates local products and produce in dishes that riff on those you might find in a cozy bistro in the 14th arrondissement.
Bar Cart: Green Spot Quails’ Gate
Irish Distillers, under its sub-brand Spot Whiskeys, is reforging Ireland’s connection with the Wine Geese via a series of collaborative whiskeys. They recently turned to Canada’s Okanagan Valley, partnering with Quails’ Gate Winery, operated by the Stewart family, who have been farming in the region since Richard Stewart Sr. arrived from the Emerald Isle in 1908.
Julia Roberts Is Officially Muse and Ambassador for Chopard
Julia Roberts and her feel-good familiar smile have taken a leading role as muse and ambassador with Chopard, the Swiss jeweller and watchmaker.
First Look: H20 Life Style Resort
Adventurers preferring upscale accommodation to rest and recharge after a day on the waves will want to spoil themselves at H20 Life Style Resort on Long Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Describing itself as the first luxury kiteboarding resort in the Caribbean, this sequestered beachside property tucked into the south shore of Providenciales is owned by Canadian entrepreneurs Rob Ayer and Nicolas Boucher.
Dog Sledding on Canada’s Last Frontier
The Yukon conjures up images of Canada’s last frontier, a place where the vast expanse of nature far surpasses the population. Adventure seekers from around the globe travel to the Yukon in search of the northern lights and to try their hands at dog sledding.
Monos x Magnolia Bakery Is a Traveller’s Sweet Treat
Canadian travel and lifestyle brand, Monos, is heading into spring on a light, bright, and sweet note. Pairing up with New York City’s iconic Magnolia Bakery for two limited-edition colourways, the new collection arrives just in time to aid us out of our winter blues.
Danish Design Excellence at Broste Copenhagen
Scandinavian design has become synonymous with timeless, streamlined furnishings made with exemplary craftsmanship. Diligently and stylishly executing on this is Broste Copenhagen, a Danish homeware shop with offerings that range from furniture to stationery.
UBC Researchers May Have Just Made Styrofoam Obsolete
How problematic is expanded polystyrene, the scientific name for what most of us know as Styrofoam? Let us count the ways.
Matty Matheson’s Prime Seafood Palace by Omar Gandhi
Matty Matheson appreciated Omar Gandhi’s warm yet minimal aesthetic and wanted his new dining room to have a similar vibe: clean lines, lots of wood, and a hint of Scandinavian hygge mixed with Japanese modernism.
Restaurant Vignette Shows That Less Is More
Hopping on the bookish wave established by Published on Main, Canada’s 100 Best winner and one Michelin-Star awardee, Restaurant Vignette has arrived.
Infiniti Showcases Its Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System Technologies
On the frozen pavement of Yellowstone Airport, in the picturesque western state of Montana and with the Rockies as a backdrop, Infiniti recently showcased its Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system technologies offered as standard equipment across the brand’s portfolio of SUVs and cars.
Exploring Tuscany Through a Queer Lens
The hidden queer history of Renaissance-era Florence is one of the themes Stellavision will explore on a queer-inclusive trip to Tuscany.
Regional Wine Preferences in Canada
Do Quebec wine consumers really like more-acidic wines than their Ontario counterparts? What about British Columbians? It’s actually not simply a matter of acidity but of style generally: a wine’s weight or body, fruit-acid balance, sugar and alcohol levels, and tannins.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With a Baileys Espresso Martini
Calling for only five ingredients and a few simple steps, it won’t require the luck of the Irish to pull this drink off.
Home of the Week: East Dover House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple
Inside, a palette of concrete floors and natural birch plywood creates a comfortable environment with a minimalist atmosphere that doesn’t distract from the main draw: the views out to the maritime landscape.
Genesis Unveils the First-Ever Electrified GV70
At the swanky Rocky Mountaineer train station located right in False Creek, Genesis Richmond and Genesis Vancouver jointly unveiled the first-ever Electrified GV70.
The First Energy-Positive Fusion Reaction Sparks a Whole Lotta Hope—and Hype
Finally, we did it. Some 4.6 billion years after the hydrogen molecules first smashed together deep within the sun, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California succeeded in creating a controlled nuclear fusion reaction that produced more energy than lasers delivered to it.
Bulgari’s Serpenti Collection Celebrates 75 Years
Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti exudes a sense of seduction and style, be it a ring, necklace, bracelet, or timepiece.
Plural Contemporary Art Fair Is Coming to Montreal This April
The word “plural” reflects the multitude of opinions, perspectives, and artistic approaches that will be on display.
Boss Hits the Slopes Teaming Up With Perfect Moment
During the energetic vibe at Hahnenkamm this year, Boss released Boss x Perfect Moment, an eye-catching capsule collection of on- and off-piste styles.
Brixton is Reinventing Workwear
Classic silhouettes reinvented for modern aesthetics and convenience, Brixton finds its design inspiration in workwear across generations, taking cues from cowboys, mariners, labourers, and others.
Why You Should Keep It Cool When It Comes to Your Skin
Forcing yourself outside for a brisk, frosty walk might put some spring in your step as well as boost your complexion.
Bar Cart: Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
Now available around the world, Amaro Nonino was a relatively rare find when the Paper Plane was developed, one that, like most amari, provided a proprietary flavour that could be mimicked but never replicated.
Celebrating International Women’s Day With Penfolds’ Stephanie Dutton
Like many industries, the wine world has long been dominated by men. From sommeliers to importers, winemakers to critics, there has been a notable lack of gender equity. But now, thanks to wine professionals such as Stephanie Dutton, country of origin group winemaker at Australia’s iconic Penfolds winery, the formerly hypermasculine world is beginning to change for the better. Below, Dutton discusses women’s role in the evolution of the wine industry.
First Look: Guest House Maison Rosa
France’s port city of Bordeaux is home to newly opened Maison Rosa, in the historic setting of a late-19th-century house. Centrally located in the residential zone of the Saint Seurin – Fondaudège district, this three-storey, three-bedroom maison d’hôtes offers all the must-haves: fashionable rooms, private outdoor access, and customized amenities.
An Exciting New Wine Club From One of Canada’s Most Exclusive Wineries
Osoyoos Larose’s new wine club, La Maison Osoyoos Larose, is something Canadian wine aficionados should get excited about.
Celebrating Women Today and Every Day
“It is atrocious and radiant and beautiful and revolting what women can handle and what women can endure.” —Kelly McCormack
Design Space: The Dream-like Interior of Horto Restaurant by Genius Loci Architettura
On a terrace overlooking Milan, in a newly renovated early-20th-century building originally designed by Luigi Broggi, Horto Restaurant puts ethics at the forefront.
Baa Baazaar: An Interiors Emporium for Grown-ups Who Want to Play House
A world of whimsy awaits at Baa Baazaar, a recently opened home-goods shop in Toronto. The eclectic brainchild of best friends Nicole Elsasser and Sophia Pierro, the store is a treasure trove of tchotchkes, keepsakes, and confections that wouldn’t look out of place in period films such as Little Women and The Secret Garden.
Anthony von Mandl Is Awarded la Légion d’honneur, the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France’s Highest Order of Merit
A very select group of Canadians have been awarded the Legion of Honour. For Anthony von Mandl, “it’s very humbling and fulfilling when you get to a certain stage in your life and you’re looking back.”
Maya Fuhr Wants You to Experience Compersion
A Q&A with the Canadian artist and photographer about her first solo show in Los Angeles.
A Legendary Address in Spain
There is an ineffably opulent quality to the Marbella Club that is tied more to its history than to its subtropical gardens and upscale restaurants.
Chef Robbie Robinson’s Five Sails Revamp
Whatever is on the menu when you stop by, Five Sails remains a great spot for impeccable eats and some of the best views in the city. As for Robbie Robinson, he’s proved himself capable of upholding the reputation and legacy of Five Sails for years to come.
The Most Popular Lamborghini Ever Is Set to Retire
For most of its history, Lamborghini hung its hat on its V12-powered vehicles. The automaker started with cars featuring 12 cylinders and still sells V12 models today, but surprisingly, these impressively powerful cars aren’t the brand’s most popular. That honour goes to the Huracán, the brand’s second V10-powered production supercar. Now, due to changing global emission standards, the automaker has …
The Bruschetta That Brings Spring
While we’re still a few months out from white asparagus season, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the springtime delicacy now. Thanks to this recipe from Italian Kitchen’s chef Matteo Fontana, a cheeky white asparagus and shrimp bruschetta that’s easy to prepare at home, spring’s bounty comes early this year. This super simple appetizer is best enjoyed when you’re trying to forget about the snow outside.
Home of the Week: The Sandbox by Peter Braithwaite Studio
Braithwaite set out to create a warm and relaxing place of refuge that shares a poetic connection to the coastal landscape.
The New Zenith Defy Skyline
Zenith expands its Defy Skyline collection with a new slimmed-down 36-millimetre timepiece.
High Notes: Zombie Compositions
It seems paradoxical to explain a show riddled with infectious disease, murder, and a shattered civilization as beautiful, but through sound, the show becomes recontextualized into an evocative depiction of dystopia. The sonic universe of The Last of Us is filled with layers of madness.
Flavours of Quebec: Chef Stéphane Modat of Le Clan
Le Clan is the culmination of chef Stéphane Modat’s locavore principles, creating a place where a new story could be written: what eating in Quebec is, fully and completely.
Cry Baby Gallery x Tacit Welcomes Body of Work
Body of Work is an ode to womanhood’s raw, colourful forms, from sensuality and creativity to austerity and audaciousness.
Stewart Avenue Residence by Brillhart Architecture
It appears different from every angle, formal and textural, a house of many faces rising from the tangled earth.
Bar Cart: Cantine Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella Valpantena
Bertani, a 166-year-old winery, is making things a bit easier for consumers, producing a relatively easy-drinking, youthful version of the notoriously austere wine.
Creekside Is Whistler’s New (Old) Hotspot
This year, Vail Resorts, Whistler’s owner, gave it a brand spanking new 10-passenger gondola to whisk Creekside skiers up the mountain in record time. And with a new six-person chairlift as well, this formerly local secret isn’t so secret anymore.
Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, on the Makeup Look for the Fall/Winter RTW 2023 Show
Peter Philips went with a “deconstructed combination of a smoky eye and an eyeliner” for the Dior fall/winter 2023 show, held at Jardin des Tuileries during Paris Fashion Week. We sat down with the makeup artist backstage just before the show for a how-to on the makeup behind the look.
Must-Read Books for Your Spring Reading List
Here are two must-read books to add to your spring reading list. Featured in NUVO’s Spring Issue, Rebecca Peng provides an in depth review.
Twenty One Tonnes Embraces the Beauty of the Woven
From Ghanaian elephant grass baskets to flower-like light shades to handmade wool throws, Twenty One Tonnes is an online shop that embraces the beauty, and design punch, of the woven.
First Look: Château Royal Berlin
Transformed from a former Stasi spy base into a contemporary hotel, Château Royal has been reimagined in homage to bohemian Berlin at the turn of the 19th century: note the bronze dome with a weather vane by French artist Cyprien Gaillard crowning the hotel.
Maserati Is Changing How You Shop for Cars
In the heart of Milan’s Magenta district, Maserati has introduced an avant-garde architectural concept for its new global retail store. With cars illuminated like installation art in a gallery, the concept is a welcome break from the traditional bright and boring layout of car showrooms.
Libero’s Clothing Is Designed for Canadians Here and Now
Upstart Toronto designer Adam Appugliesi’s clothing brand, Libero, takes its name from the Italian word for “free,” which also happens to be his grandfather’s name. Fittingly, it is his Italian Canadian background that informs Libero’s proletarian, masculine-leaning but gender-free designs.
Architect Reimagines Iranian Designs Through Feminine Lens
Continuously inspired by the women at the forefront of Iran’s present movement, her work will continue to reimagine a free Iran where women, and everyone, are treated equally.
Pablo Bronstein and Breguet Explore Humanity’s Relationship With Technology at Frieze Los Angeles
Through its partnership with Frieze—the trend-setting platform for contemporary art that publishes three magazines and hosts art fairs around the world—Breguet is giving back to the artistic community.
Sage Paul, Founder of Indigenous Fashion Arts, Is Cracking Open the Industry
Sage Paul, founder of Indigenous Fashion Arts, on bringing Indigenous designers to White Milano and cracking open the industry.
Bombay Sapphire x Basquiat
Bombay Sapphire, spirits sponsor of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure, the recent retrospective exhibition in New York curated by the iconoclast’s sisters, has teamed up again with the Basquiat estate to debut a special edition bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin emblazoned with Basquiat’s Untitled (L.A. Painting).
A New Brutalist Seat from Atelier Barda’s Foraine
For Foraine, the furniture brand offshoot of Montreal architecture firm Atelier Barda, the Chabanel chair is produced in chapters.
A Creative New Pomegranate Margarita From Patrón
The pomegranate margarita, featuring all the traditional ingredients alongside pomegranate juice and seeds, hits the marks marg drinkers look for while also exciting the palate with added tartness and textural complexity.
Home of the Week: Hither Hills House by Robert Young Architects
For this project, Robert Young created a home that takes advantage of its steeply sloping site by structuring a series of terraced spaces that each provide different experiences of the landscape and views to the ocean.
The Otherworldly Landscape of Utah’s Amangiri
The vast, otherworldly landscape presents itself as a blank canvas, one that inspires those who venture there to discover endless possibilities. A wilderness hideaway in Canyon Point in the Southern Utah desert, Camp Sarika, added to the luxurious 900-acre Amangiri property in 2020, is a year-round glamping destination with tented pavilions.
École de Pensée’s Founders Propose a New Philosophy of Luxury
From skatepark beginnings, Marc-André Garand, William Lessard, and Julien Gauthier, founders of the menswear brand École de Pensée, propose a new philosophy of luxury.
Bar Cart: Suntory Ao Whisky
Ao (pronounced “ow”), the name of Suntory’s newest whisky, means “blue” in Japanese. In the case of this bottle of liquid gold, it refers to the oceans that connect the locations where parent company Beam Suntory’s whisky is made.
Dan Climan Creates Flat Paintings With Psychological Depth
Life is unpredictable, and Dan Climan’s use of everyday subject matter might be interpreted as his attempt to demand order from chaos.
Fendi on the Intersection of Fashion and Design
Triclinium, the installation Lukas Gschwandtner created for Design Miami, references the chaises longues upon which ancient Romans would gather and socialize—a fitting connection to Fendi, the fashion house founded in the Eternal City in 1925.
Mexico in Bloom
From Oaxaca to Ixtapa, Pia Riverola captures moments of life in vibrant and dreamy images shot on film. She adds a sense of romance to the everyday, her love for the place palpable to the viewer in each picture.
A Timeless New Collection from Volker Haug Studio
Brass has adorned homes, been made into art, and outfitted the wealthy for millennia, important to civilization for its malleability and colour. So for Volker Haug’s newest collection, it seems fitting that the Melbourne, Australia, lighting design studio, founded in 2004, has revisited the alloy.
First Look: The Blue Lagoon’s New Retreat in the Icelandic Highlands
For travellers who want to immerse themselves in Iceland’s rugged, otherworldly landscape, an adventure at the Retreat’s new Highland Base – Kerlingarfjöll beckons.
Designer Sean Brown of Curves on Remixing the Creative World
Sean Brown is the creative director of Curves by Sean Brown, an independent design brand known for the idiosyncratic spin it puts on quotidian objects. The CD rugs are hand-tufted reproductions of the imagery and typography printed on the compact discs of Brown’s youth.
Retinol: Skin Care’s Holy Grail
If you know a thing or two about skin care, you know retinol is a holy grail product in many people’s routines—and it’s popular for a reason. There are many benefits to incorporating a retinol or retinal into your regimen, including improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and dark spots.
Actor Théodore Pellerin Takes to the Streets of Paris
For NUVO, Théodore Pellerin was photographed in Paris—in anything-goes attire—exploring a city awakening from the slumber of winter.
Skin Care Made Simple
Toronto brand Basic Maintenance Lab is making skin care manageable with its clearly labelled bottles of cleansers, moisturizers, and soaps.
Spring, Issue 96, Out Now
Letter from the Editor, Claudia Cusano.
Inside the Pioneering Botswana Safari Lodge With an All-Female Guiding Team
The only permanent lodge in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge—operated by Desert & Delta Safaris—is also the country’s first and only lodge with an all-female guiding team.
Channel David Bowie and Embrace Your Inner Rebel Rebel
It’s young. It’s playful. It’s sophisticated. It’s more than a little avant-garde. The Rebel 55 by Italian boat builder Sacs Marine is a joyous weekender that’s more than capable of holding its own when moored among the luxury yachts.
Droolworthy Appetizer: Pompette’s Shallot Tarte Tatin
This shallot tarte tatin recipe comes from Martine Bauer, the chef behind Toronto’s Pompette. Caramelized shallots are paired with creamy and woodsy Adoray cheese for a decadent yet balanced appetizer that’s sure to impress and delight.
Home of the Week: nortehaus by MAFCOHouse
Two hours from Toronto, nortehaus is a peaceful getaway in nature that marries Nordic and Japanese influences. Designed by MAFCOhouse, nortehaus celebrates simplicity, sustainability, and the joy of hygge—purposefully constructed as a haven for slow living.