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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.

Turning Tables: Hay x Laila Gohar’s Sobremesa Collection 

Courtesy of Hay

Laila Gohar’s new collaboration with Hay, called Sobremesa, takes the artist-chef’s quirky-cool tabletop aesthetic to the next level: plates edged in primary colors; a bean pot for winter’s broth-y bounty; and tablecloths embroidered with keys, tulips, halved apples, and a hand waving a warm hello. Just in time for I’m-not-leaving-my-house season.—Julie Vadnal, deputy editor 

Very Terry: Autumn Sonata

Courtesy of Autumn Sonata

I’m a sucker for a pretty pattern, which is why I likely won’t be able to resist Amsterdam-based Autumn Sonata’s Stateside debut. Each of the three towel and bath mat patterns are inspired by antique prints and textiles founder Lilli Elias has come across in her work: Karin is an homage to traditional ikat weaving techniques, whereas both Ester’s lackadaisical lines and Alma’s checkers nod to katazome stencils (a Japanese dyeing technique). It sounds like these are the first of many products to come, which I’m taking as a sign to tame my already overflowing linen closet. —Morgan Bulman, associate commerce editor

The Royal Treatment: Hotel Ulysses

Photography by Brett Wood

Walking barefoot on wall-to-wall leopard carpeting. Drawing pooling tapestry-inspired draperies at night. Catching sweet shut-eye underneath a scalloped fabric canopy. The queen rooms at the newly opened Hotel Ulysses in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood were designed by New York–based hotelier Ash to make you feel like, well, a queen—in fact, all of the glamorous 112 guest rooms (and four suites) were. —Lydia Geisel, home editor

Insalata Verde for Everyone: Via Carota’s New Cookbook

Pasta at Via Carota’s bar was one of the last meals my husband and I had out before the pandemic shut down restaurant dining in 2020. Wedged in between other patrons fawning over cacio e pepe and piles of perfectly dressed greens, I was comforted by the clamor and clatter of well-executed service (something I missed so much before vaccines that I would play this New York Public Library track over and over). With the release of chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi’s cookbook, I’m excited to turn out platters of their pasta and vegetables at home. The seasonal and ingredient-driven organization is for farmers-market heads everywhere. Since we’re all drowning in butternuts right now, might I recommend the excellent (and easy) squash risotto with radicchio on page 198? —Samantha Weiss-Hills, deputy commerce editor

Fired Up: Maida

When I discovered the work of chef Johnny Ortiz-Concha, it was through his project Shed, an intimate dinner series he hosts on or near the 22-acre farm in northern New Mexico that he shares with his partner, Maida Branch. Each meal celebrates the landscape where Ortiz-Concha grew up: He forages for chokecherries, rose fruit, and other endemic plants; keeps his own cattle and sheep; and digs for clay that he turns into minimalist dinnerware. The pieces—midnight hued and speckled with mica and rose quartz—are often pit-fired in rhythm with the moon cycles and cured with local elk marrow. Sure, these aren’t your Tuesday night takeout plates. But with gift-giving season upon us, I can’t think of a more thoughtful offering. To hear more about Ortiz-Concha, tune in to my conversation with him on Place Settings, a new podcast from Saveur. —Alex Redgrave, contributing editor 

Showstopper: “In Praise of Caves” at Noguchi Museum

Photography by Nicholas Knight

There’s never a bad time to visit New York’s Noguchi Museum, but when an exhibition on the organic architecture of Mexico City opens and it’s that golden window of autumn where fallen leaves cover the sculpture garden, it’s particularly magical. On the museum’s first floor, projects from visionary Mexican architects and artists Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman, and Javier Senosiain celebrate not-angular spaces like Casa Organica and Casa O’Gorman through architectural models and larger-than-live installations. Needless to say, Mexico City has been bumped up to the top on my list of upcoming trips to plan. —Julia Stevens, style editor