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July, 2009:

Salocchi Bookshelf

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As I’ve mentioned before, I have a passion for fine books. I rely on them not only to inspire my own work, but to convey design ideas and share my passion for elevated living with my clients. I’m constantly adding new books to my library and, out of necessity, bookcases have found their way into every room of my apartment!

I recently stopped by the fabulous Van Den Akker Antiques gallery to see their latest offerings and fell in love with this “Libreria Centro” – a super chic revolving bookcase in rosewood first designed in 1960 by Claudio Salocchi and produced by Sormani. Standing like a monumental minimalist sculpture, it’s no wonder this piece has been acquired by the likes of style icon, Karl Lagerfeld. A grouping of four, one in each corner, would turn any room into a truly spectacular library.

I’m sporting a Gucci white and black window pane plaid cotton, wool, and silk jacket, gray and black silk polka dot pocket square by Turnbull & Asser, lavender Tom Ford end on end cotton shirt with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps gray pearl cufflinks, white and black houndstooth pants in cotton and silk by Gucci, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, black, white and silver leather loafers, and white tote with green leather trim both by Gucci.

Dramatic Drapery

James Andrew photographed by Lars Stephan

James Andrew photographed by Lars Stephan

Fredrick Victoria, the founder of the super chic Fredrick P. Victoria & Sons was blessed with an eye for excellent design – that, and no small amount of daring made him one of the most respected antiques dealers of his time – it is not surprising that his client list included names like Windsor, Macy, Field, Baldwin, Duke, Stacey, Kelly, Astor, Gimble, Perrault, Whitney, Tree, Pahlman, Gibbons, Taylor, Hadley, Porter and Berlin to name a few.

In Victoria’s fabulous apartment at the magnificent Dakota he indulged his passions for the most fantastic whimsical and exuberant antiques. His curtains were originally inspired by a fanciful almost trompe l’oeil carved and painted curtain. Then a bit later he came across an 18th century over the top carved wood curtain theater prop – The resplendent carved wooden curtains I’m featuring here were based on this prop and hung in Victoria’s bedroom, and he used different variations throughout his beautiful apartment at the Dakota. His friend Albert Hadley was so inspired by these superb creations that he commissioned Victoria to produce a version of these for the library he designed for Ann and Gordon Getty at 820 5th Avenue. I’ve been enthralled by these curtains since my days at Parish Hadley.

Today, Fredrick P. Victoria & Sons continues to uphold its well deserved reputation, and I can’t wait to collaborate with the Victorias on one of my own upcoming project.

I had the great opportunity to be photographed by the brilliant photographer and model Lars Stephan again for this superb photograph. We decided to channel the pose made famous by one of my favorite fashion icons, Yves Saint Laurent. I’m sure Lars will be featured soon in an ultra luxe fashion magazine like L’Official Homme or Arena.

I decided to do a mix of aqua, blue and turquoise, playing off the smaller scale medallion print of my pants with the larger scale of the silk ikat shirt both by Gucci (a very Lacroix look though!) – Hermes blue leather belt with silver buckle and navy suede Gucci loafers.

Art Confidant

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In my work, I’m involved in every aspect of the decorative process – this allows me to put together a really unified point of view – a total vision – to this end, I’m often quite involved in the selection of art. I’ve always had a passion for art and artists, and have a handsome collection myself – naturally my clients come to me for advise on their own art collection.

I’m always on the lookout for brilliant up and coming artists. On a recent visit to the super chic Treillage boutique I was taken by the heroically scaled work of artist Sara Graham. Pictured here is a water color and gouache artichoke painting on handmade paper – all in ultra luscious shades of green, turquoise and purple – beautiful! – I’ll be sure to keep this fine work in mind for the appropriate project.

I’m sporting a black linen denim jacket with black suede elbow patches by Gucci, a Turnbull and Asser shirt in purple cotton with contrast white collar and french cuffs, Seaman Schepps cuff links in precious turquoise, Charvet Paris turquoise silk pocket square, white and charcoal pinstripe cotton pants by Gucci, silver chain link belt by Gucci, Lanvin teal suede sneakers and glasses by Dior.