Looking Out

September Culture Round-Up

September's global leisure list for globe-trotters. CarréCouture selects the most notable hospitality openings, the finest art exhibitions and the hottest spots to grab a bite or drink, across the continents. In short, places that are the current talk of the town, no matter which one you’re in. 

by Siska Lyssens

New York

The Roof Garden at the Met, named after its benefactors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, is an awe-inspiring place to feel on top of the world – or the Big Apple – but for the moment it’s impressive in an artful way, too. To wit, the Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas has mounted a 16-sculpture installation that fuses human figures with replicas of objects from the museum’s collection, creating an immersive environment. On show until the end of October, the white tables contrast with black sculptures, coated in dust, a sense of history and fantasy collide. Get lost in Villar Rojas’ ‘Theather of Disappearance’, while enjoying views of the sprawling metropolis and grabbing a bite to eat.
Photography: Jörg Baumann


It’s a cliché that Istanbul is the place where East and West meet, but increasingly, a global, contemporary movement is making its mark on the buzzing city. This month, the 12th edition of the fair, aptly named, Contemporary Istanbul, descends upon Istanbul, taking with it leading contemporary galleries, artists, and collectors from Turkey and around the world. Believing in the critical role of art as a catalyst for dialogue, mutual understanding, and reconciliation, Contemporary Istanbul reflects the historic city’s indispensable role in international relations.
Left: Melek Mazıcı, Purple Cluster, Courtesy of Galeri Nev Istanbul 
Right: Anish Kapoor, Monochrome (Majik Blue), courtesy the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, photo Lorenzo Fiaschi


Plant-based chef Matthew Kenney is renowned for his vision on the future of food – whether it is about the vegan approach to it, or the delicate high-end plating style he practices.  Making healthy food sexy is his mission, and his restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and even Thailand can vouch for that. Now, Kenney, together with Belgian entrepreneur Bart Roman, has launched a restaurant that serves 100% meat, dairy, gluten and refined sugar-free food in Shoreditch, London. Named Essence Cuisine, head there for plant-based and seasonal treats, from breakfast to early dinner.


Another Place, The Lake. This poetically named hotel opened a few weeks ago, in the picturesque Lake District of the United Kingdom. The renovated and transformed 18th century building was already a hotel and now boasts 40 bedrooms that include family suites, dog friendly rooms and contemporary communal spaces. The mountain hideaway, in close proximity to Lake Ullswater, England’s second largest lake, is the ideal backdrop for a wide range of activities such as hiking, sailing and rock-climbing. Feeling ravenous after an active day? This hospitality gem offers a Swim Club – with sauna and treatments –  and an ambient restaurant with contemporary food inspired by the region’s traditional produce – Herdwick lamb or Morecambe Bay Shrimp, anyone?


Brussels Design September is Belgium’s annual flagship event for those who adore design. More than 100 events to choose from are taking place in the city, starting on the 7th of September until the end of the month – but there’s one that really caught our eye. At Studio Jespers, a gallery by Jean-François Declercq, where there’s an aesthetic tension between the modern architecture of Victor Bourgeois and the artistic creations of the selected program. In September, the Cypriot designer Michael Anastasiades is guest of honour to celebrate the Studio’s two-year anniversary. Telling a story of light via Anastassiades’ 13-piece mobile chandelier series, the exhibition, named ’13 mobiles’ reflects on the history of form versus function, in the designer’s signature playful and ethereal way that keeps proportions perfectly aligned.
Left: Michael Anastassiades  -  Right: Helene Binet