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Inspiration – Gio Ponti


I’m a huge fan of the Gio Ponti masterpiece, Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento Italy. Ponti’s brilliant combinations of white and blue make for one of the most stylish and original designs of the mid-twentieth century. For some time I’ve wanted to create an interior inspired by Ponti’s magnificent work and here at the uber chic Galerie Van Den Akker I think I’ve found the perfect start. Behind me is a stunning cabinet in white and cobalt lacquer, soothingly complimented by an almost oceanic emerald green clear lacquered goatskin parchment cocktail table. The whole arrangement has me yearning for the idyllic emerald green sea and scintillating blue skies of the Amalfi coast – one of those world class hedonist playgrounds.

Basking in the thought of this dream interior-scape, I’m wearing a turquoise and white cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Seaman Schepps cufflinks in precious turquoise, vintage Cartier tank watch from Raj Tolaram medallion print cotton pants in shades of aqua, turquoise and navy by Gucci, silver chain link belt, black leather sandals and white leather bag all by Gucci.


  1. Countess Marzena A. Broel-Plater says:

    Wonderful and original, creative as always James… many hugs, M.

  2. Nikolai Anstruther von Coburg says:

    The piece of furniture in the background looks like fabric cut out for the jacket to match those trousers. You are so witty..

  3. Jerry Kraft says:

    Spectacular! James as you may know we offer Gio Ponti at Christofle and believe it or not have done very well with it here in Naples. I just read a biography on him. This is great.

  4. Paul Pincus says:

    i just love the white and cobalt piece…

    and the emerald green lacquered goatskin table is a masterwork! it’s one of those pieces that causes me to rethink everything i own and or covet. i’m dying!

    gorgeous cartier tank.

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