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Albert’s Bench

James Andrew and Albert's Bench.

One simply cannot resist being drawn to a moment’s respite on Tucker Robbins’ creation, Albert’s Bench. Commissioned by my oft mentioned design mentor Albert Hadley himself in 1986, this bench is based on a design Robbins found at a coffee plantation in Guatemala – apparently it took a bit of coaxing to get the plantation owners to allow Robbins to reproduce it! Quite classical with its prominent ionic arms, decorative skirt, clean turned legs, and perfect proportions, it adds a wonderfully elegant and lyrical touch to any refined interior. Finished in chalky white, I’ve found absolutely THE most beautiful place for it with my clients in Montauk.

Bringing traditionally “outdoor” elements indoors was a Billy Baldwin signature, and it is interesting to note that Hadley, being particularly fond of this bench, once used it in a Billy Baldwin inspired vignette.

On a rather chilly Spring day in Montauk, I’m sporting a white cotton corduroy jacket by Gucci, Tom Ford Polo shirt in royal blue cotton toweling, pale blue cotton jean cut pant by Uniglo, Turnbull and Asser pale blue, white and royal blue silk pocket square, navy suede Gucci loafers, KVA sunglasses by Oliver Peoples and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.


  1. Dean says:

    Hi James,

    Love this post ! What a tres’ chic piece of furniture… am crazy for chalky white finishes… have fun out in Montauk ! I do miss my summers in the hamptons. Thanks for sharing !

    Dean Farris

  2. Leo Kempster says:

    This is one of my favorite pics of you. Absolutely fab clothes all complimenting each other and makes it all soothing to look at. Great stuff, love it!

  3. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Es ist ein sehr schönes Stück mein lieber James, würde gern eins haben! Ich mag Deine hellblauen Hosen sehr!

    Liebste Grüsse

    Marie v S

  4. Lola Montes says:

    Me encanta, es una pieza muy muy linda, se ve muy refinada y se vería perfecto en cualquier fine interior!

    Tú luces espectacular como siempre!



  5. Lil´Lilly says:

    I love it James, it´s a very nice picture of you!

  6. Maria La Torre says:

    Me recuerda a cierta banqueta que tenía mi abuela, es muy bonita! y tú guapísimo!

    muchos besos,


  7. Dagmar von Schwarzenberg says:

    Sehr schön mein Liebster! Ich war die letzten Tage ein bisschen beschäftigt bin aber jetzt zurück zu WIJW! Wenn ich nicht täglich Deine Posts lese, dann ist es als ob etwas fehlt…….

    Kuss und Umarmung!


  8. Simpática says:

    Vaya que hermoso mueble! Me encanta, me hace pensar en una terraza llena de plantas en Cuba…

  9. I would have to say that light colors looks great on you and brings out your dark locks and it didn’t swallow the royal blue silk with matching perfect loafers. My favorite is the adorable, pale, petal blue boutineer vs a handkercheif.Of course,Oliver Peoples sunglasses are on a class of their own.

    Embracing…Blending …,and not overpowering Albert’s bench is such a delicate touch,but solid.

  10. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    Ich mag weisse Möbel, meine Oma hatte immer welche in ihrem Lichtgarten, wo es viele Pflanzen gab…….schöne Erinnerungen…….

    Alles Gute

    Deine Mara

  11. Pearl Hammond says:

    I love this furniture my dear James! How have you been, I was in Hawaii for two weeks, I was thinking of you!



  12. Travis says:

    Amazing piece of furniture!

  13. Maria Juana de Esquivel says:

    Me encanta todo tu outfit, especialmente el pantalón celeste y los zapatos azules!



  14. Jay Gatsby says:

    Hey James, you are magnificent as always!


  15. Eugenia Drummond says:

    This style reminds me of some old brazilian town houses…i saw this kind of furniture there…

    you look great!

    kisses from Brazil


  16. Always so stylish! But I am glad that you mix luxury brands with Uniqlo. Style is in the personal choices between high end and high street.

  17. Scott Tjaden says:

    With the well-put-together fashion, I can’t tell which is better-designed, the bench or James….

  18. SQUI says:

    Fantastic photo.
    Love it!

  19. Bruno says:

    So beautiful! This bench is all the more stylished you’re sitting on!

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