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Art at the Lever House

James Andrew at the Lever House

Lever House, the modern architectural master piece of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s Gordon Bunshaft, was one of the first International style glass curtain wall skyscrapers to be built on Park Avenue.

In the late nineties a massive renovation restored the Lever’s spectacular structure to its original sexy splendor, and since then the ground floor and courtyard has been the setting for some quite stunning art installations. I’m particularly fascinated with the current display by London based artist Richard Woods entitled “Port Sunlight” – nine decorative patterns recalling the nineteenth century with William Morris designs and mock Tudor architecture rendered in wood block style prints on a grid of wood and aluminum tiles. These high Victorian designs contrast quite strongly with the Lever as one might imagine, creating a really exciting juxtaposition of styles, while maintaining a perfect balance of core formal elements as seen, for instance, in the grid motif that ties the building and the artwork together. I suppose I was drawn to this work as I often seek a similar visual resonance between new and old in my own design endeavors.

Feeling energized by this beautiful exhibition, I’m sporting a charcoal wool and cashmere mohair coat and a black cotton wide wale corduroy jacket both by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser mini tartan cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links , forest green cashmere tie by Borrelli, Alexander McQueen tweed cargo style pants, red alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Laure, silver leather sneakers and glasses both by Dior, forest green leather gloves by Sermoneta and my fragrance is the super sophisticated Vintage Tabarome by Creed.

25 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    James,

    Thanks for sharing ! You look very Italian in this image ! Have a great day.

    Dean Farris

  2. The silver shoes are fab…loving the juxtaposition~
    still can’t believe McQueen has left us~
    xo*

  3. Felicity Harris says:

    amazing green gloves!

  4. Mary says:

    Ohhh, aren’t you just yummy!
    How marvelous to pay tribute to McQueen. Everything is absolutely perfect. Every single detail.

  5. Edie B. says:

    This is one of the architectural jewels of NY!

    kisses

    Edie

  6. your biggest fan says:

    you look really handsome, love your tie and coat!

  7. Simpática says:

    me encanta como te ves con esos diseños de las columnas!

    un beso guapo!

  8. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Es gibt so schöne Gebäude in New York. Ich brauche Ferien, NY wär eine gute Idee und wir könnten uns für ein Kaffee verabreden!

    Liebe Grüsse

    Christiane

  9. Maria Paula says:

    Deslumbrante como siempre!

  10. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    James Darling,

    Wherever you put your eye there is beauty!

    Kisses

    Mara

  11. Hildegard says:

    lovely post!

  12. Absolutely in Love says:

    magnificent outfit!

  13. Tom Cavendish says:

    You look fabtastic my dear friend!

  14. Lola Montes says:

    Esos son mis pantalones favoritos, te quedan genial.

    cariños,

    Lola

  15. Maria La Torre says:

    Me encanta tu actitud, eres realmente imponente!

  16. Sabrina Johnson says:

    You´re soooo cool!

  17. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Du siehst immer so schön aus, welches ist Dein Geheimnis???

    Liebe Grüsse

    Marie FvS

  18. Eugenia Drummond says:

    Dear James,

    I decides to creat a fan club of WIJW in Rio de Janeiro, I´ll be the president, what do you think about it?

    love,

    Eugenia

  19. Maria da Gloria says:

    It´s the best idea I have heard! I´m in!

  20. Adelaide says:

    I will create the Sao Paulo Official WIJW fan club…….

  21. Michael says:

    I like the hint of plaid from your shirt. Just peeking out from under the solids.

  22. Karen says:

    Love the “pop” of the red belt. I work a couple of blocks from Lever House and have been admiring this latest installation — thanks for the great photo.

  23. You are my hero. Love that. When I come to NYC you’ll have to take me shopping.

  24. Henry de Castillon says:

    Great style>>>
    Hope to see you very soon in Paris 🙂

  25. Lilian says:

    I don’t why I find green laether always amazing. Like purple one too.

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