Our days are punctuated by scouting new talent, attending market appointments, and scrolling Instagram in an effort to unearth the products, people, and news you actually need to know. Here’s what we Slacked one another about this week.

A New Kind of Italian Vacation: Sottsass: Poltronova 1958–1974

Non-Boring Jute Rugs, Nostalgic Floral Bedding, and the New Malibu Hotel We’re Dying to Visit

While all your friends are in the midst of planning their two-year-delayed vacations to Portofino, you can bring a sliver of great Italian design to your coffee table with Sottsass: Poltronova 1958–1974. The just-released hardcover book covers the work of acclaimed architect and furniture designer Ettore Sottsass, who became the artistic director of Poltronova in 1956 and immediately began experimenting with his now signature geometric shapes, mixes of materials, and vibrant colors thereafter. —Lydia Geisel, home editor

From Mid-Century to Modern: Hotel June Malibu

Non-Boring Jute Rugs, Nostalgic Floral Bedding, and the New Malibu Hotel We’re Dying to Visit

I’ve been threatening to plan a Pacific Coast Highway road trip for years and never find the time, but the new Hotel June Malibu has me moving things around on my calendar. The owners (Shaun Gilbert, Reem Al-Zahawi, and Sam Shendow) paired up with the hospitality masterminds from Proper Hotels to transform the iconic 1949-built Malibu Riviera Motel into a refreshed boutique property full of mid-century motifs, soulful artwork, and private patios that I can’t resist. On second thought, I might skip the road trip; I can’t picture tearing myself away from that airy bungalow. —Raven McMillan, assistant editor


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Animal Instinct: Patterson Flynn x Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Non-Boring Jute Rugs, Nostalgic Floral Bedding, and the New Malibu Hotel We’re Dying to Visit

Jute rugs are a go-to—they just have a way of perfectly blending into any room. However, Patterson Flynn and Charlap Hyman & Herrero’s latest rug collaboration is anything but neutral—and that’s why we love it! In their second collection together, the “mischievous animal motifs” are made from hand-coiled abaca and inspired by everything from 17th-century cabinets of curiosities to a 1970s Alexander Calder tapestry. The trout is calling my name, which I’d hang on the wall for an even splashier statement. Julia Stevens, style editor 

Dream On: Hill House Home’s Sleep Like a Baby Collection

Non-Boring Jute Rugs, Nostalgic Floral Bedding, and the New Malibu Hotel We’re Dying to Visit

I’m already a Nap Dress devotee (I own seven and counting) and fan of Hill House Home’s epically luxe bedding, so obviously its new collection, dubbed Sleep Like a Baby, makes me want to hop into bed and sleep off the problems of the world. Not only is there a new sheets pattern, the brand added lightweight robes and striped beach towels to its romantically preppy repertoire. —Julie Vadnal, deputy editor

Bold Talk: Serena Dugan’s Block Print Collection 

Non-Boring Jute Rugs, Nostalgic Floral Bedding, and the New Malibu Hotel We’re Dying to Visit

Serena Dugan’s latest fabric collection features all the bold patterns and sophisticated color palettes we love her for, but this time, in traditional Indian block print. The imperfections of the maker’s hand are heavily pronounced, resulting in naive, joyful designs. I especially love the more geometric patterns, like Olga and Sumba—perfect for adding that extra hit of texture and personality. —Naomi deMañana, style director