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April, 2013:

Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

James Andrew - Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

James Andrew – Orly Genger at Madison Square Park


I love the concept of an outdoor museum, especially during this time of year! I think a lot of people share the sentiment, making it no surprise that Madison Square Park has become a destination for art lovers from around the world. Only a stone’s throw from my flat in Murray Hill, for years, Madison Sq. Park was a daily destination for me and my whippets, Rupert and Nigel. A walk there afforded me the perfect opportunity to exercise my creatures while taking in some fresh air and art. Sadly my beloved Rupert and Nigel are no longer with us, but I still find myself strolling through the park almost daily. The most recent exhibition to open (officially on May 2nd) is New York based artist Orly Genger’s Red, Yellow and Blue (think Andy Goldsworthy on acid). Referencing Barnett Newman’s, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? series from the late 1960’s, Genger’s monumental commission features the artist’s characteristic painted and hand-knotted nautical rope, creating a work that will transform the park’s lush lawns into colorfully-lined chambers.
Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

Orly Genger at Madison Square Park


My favorite landscape architect, Russell Page, often likened his gardens to a series of rooms—Gender’s creation take this to a whole new level, creating interactive environments that invite visitors to explore both exposed and hidden spaces, encouraging them to navigate and experience Madison Square Park anew.

Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

I’m offering just a bit of a glimpse here to tempt our readers to visit this joyous exhibition in person. Exploring the almost complete installation of Red, Yellow and Blue on a glorious Spring day I’m sporting a Tom Ford era chartreuse suede safari jacket, chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle and white cotton voile safari shirt, indigo ikat pants by Burberry Prorsom, Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex watch, Gucci aviator sun glasses and my fragrance is Creed Bois De Cedrat.

Be a Modern Day Renaissance Person

James Andrew - photo and painting by Scott McBee

James Andrew – photo and painting by Scott McBee

From da Vinci to Thomas Jefferson, Mariano Fortuny to Oprah…we here at WIJW love Renaissance men and woman. Taking our cues from the greats, we like to give ourselves free rein to indulging our many and diverse curiosities. We’re passionate about what we do…and this forum truly has given us the widest berth to explore! I’m pretty proud to have Christie’s call me “interior designer, style icon, and blogger extraordinaire.” It does seem to encapsulate much of what I’ve been dedicated to over these many years—and yet, I remain open to new interests and possibilities. Why limit oneself? I adore Henry Ford’s “If you think you can or you think you can’t either way you are right.” It is really is up to us to decide!

I’m photographed here with a marvelous collage by Scott Houston McBee. Quite a Renaissance man himself, McBee is no stranger to diverse artistic explorations, with work ranging from monumental ocean liners and private yachts, to animal paintings, to top-notch storyboarding and illustration, to collage, and photography.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue herringbone weave cotton shirt and pale blue silk knit tie, Charvet retro print pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Paul Smith light weight grey wool pant, Ralph Lauren Navy leather D ring belt, Gucci navy slip on shoes, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Reading glasses and my cologne is Creed Original Cologne.

Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

I’m thrilled and honored to be included in this handsome Rizzoli book, Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman!

Carman, as you know, is the author and creator of the ever-popular lifestyle blog, All the Best. She also happens to be near and dear to our hearts on a personal level. When WIJW was in its infancy, I reached out to her to help us share the WIJW word—she promptly responded with this gracious note: “I do not know you, but I love you and can’t wait to meet you.” Soon thereafter we met up with her during a trip she made to New York City—needless to say, we became fast friends!

James Andrew Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

James Andrew interior – Designers at Home, Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman

Carman was inspired by aspects of the French literary salons, envisioning a “…hand bound modern day version…” of the great tradition, to “…[serve] as a source of information, inspiration, and occasion to exchange ideas. We’re pleased to say these aspirations have been fully and beautifully realized in this richly illustrated work.

Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living brings together a marvelous collection of 50 top taste makers, and you’ll adore the musings of some of my favorites, including Nicky Haslam, Charlotte Moss, Rob Passal, Alex Papachristidis, Bunny Williams and Hutton Wilkinson to name a few. As an invaluable resource, you’ll find Ideas on entertaining, decorating, flowers and fragrances and all of the essentials for living well at home. It’s a requisite course in fabulousness that simply must be in your library. Do pick up your copy today and tell us how you like it!

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Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living