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Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke in The Other Two (2019)

The Other Two

Television shows that pummel viewers with pop-culture references and in-jokes tend to be tedious and try-hard. But the newly released second season of The Other Two is current in all the right ways. The show, created by former Saturday Night Live co–head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, is an entertainment-industry satire about a family of multi-hyphenates that attain varying levels of success. The mother, played perfectly by Molly Shannon, has a No. 1 daytime talk show, and her youngest son (Case Walker) is a Justin Bieber–inspired pop star. And then there are the other two offspring: Cary (Drew Tarver), an aspiring actor, and Brooke (Heléne Yorke), a fledgling talent manager. The two blundering siblings are the stars of the show—each episode is anchored in their chase for success. ( —Bridget Arsenault


Isamu Noguchi

There is no better way to convince someone that overhead lights are too harsh than with Isamu Noguchi’s table lamps. Noguchi, the prolific 20th-century sculptor, designed the first iteration of his Akari Light Sculpture in 1951, after visiting Gifu, Japan—a hub for bamboo-lantern production. Inspired by the near-weightless lanterns, Noguchi used washi paper shaped by thin metal frames to make “a sculpture with a luminous surface.” Now the lamps come in more than 50 styles, with shapes ranging from spheres to cubes to eggs, and colors from creams to oranges to greens. My favorite versions hide the metal frame with the paper-and-bamboo ribbing so the room is left with a soft orb of floating light. For those who insist on overhead lighting, the several dozen styles of Akari ceiling sculptures probably offer the least garish version. (Starting at $175, —Jensen Davis


Kimino Drinks

In a world where seemingly every beverage is infused with the latest elixir, Kimino Drinks reminds us that simpler is often better. The Japanese farmers behind the beverage follow the kanso philosophy by “using only what is truly necessary.” Their flavorful drinks are made with just two or three ingredients—handpicked seasonal fruits from family-owned farms in Japan and water sourced from the Kansai region. The beverage comes in four flavors—mikan (orange), yuzu, ringo (apple), and ume (plum)—and each one is available as sparkling juice or sparkling water. We particularly love the not too sweet Yuzu sparkling juice. If you’re looking for something not sweet at all, turn to their sparkling waters. ($48 for a case of 12 bottles, —Gasper Tringale-White


The Just Enough Family

Liz Lange is the clothing designer known for introducing fashion and sex appeal to maternity wear in the 1990s. It’s less known that she is also the niece of the late Saul Steinberg, the stout, high-living corporate raider whose 1980s excesses—and losses—helped inspire Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities. Ariel Levy, the New Yorker writer, is a good friend of Lange’s, and in her riveting new podcast, The Just Enough Family, Levy relies on Lange to guide listeners through the Steinberg family’s improbable tale. Lange is a lively, down-to-earth, and disarmingly candid interviewee, and so are all the other family members who vividly describe life as they lived it throughout their extraordinary, richly complicated rise and fall. These people came from nothing, then had too much of everything, then lost it all. The Just Enough Family is a fascinating, vicarious look deep inside the 0.01 percent of yesteryear and—bonus—an ominous cautionary tale for the tech and hedge-fund billionaires of today. ( —Alessandra Stanley


Malone Souliers

We suppose we could march into fall in last season’s boots. But at a moment when putting one’s best foot forward has rarely been so important, a new-shoe acquisition is highly advisable. The industry has trained us to not even blink when approached with an eye-watering price tag for anything involving high-quality leather, which is only one of the reasons why your AIR MAIL style correspondent was intrigued by these combat boots from Malone Souliers. Made in Italy? Check. Finished with a sturdy lug sole that will render them almost impervious to whatever the churning streets of London, New York, and Berlin have to offer? Check, check. Best of all, they aren’t too fancy and have just enough edge to proclaim, “Fall ’21, I’ve got this.” ($795, —Ashley Baker


Tiffany & Co. x Arsham Studio

There’s a lot going on at Tiffany & Co. these days. First up, a new collection called Tiffany Knot, inspired by the chain links found on the streets of New York. To kick it off, the brand enlisted contemporary artist Daniel Arsham to create 49 eroded bronze sculptures that nod to the Tiffany Blue Box. Inside each one is a reimagined, limited-edition version of the Knot bangle, made of 18-karat white gold with diamonds and tsavorites (radiant green gemstones first introduced by the house back in 1974). Those in the New York area might want to pop into the Flagship Next Door, at 6 East 57th Street, where Arsham Studio has unveiled a beautiful new installation to commemorate the affair. (Price available upon request, —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 113
September 11, 2021
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Issue No. 113
September 11, 2021