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James Andrew at Indochine

James Andrew at Indochine - photo Lars Stephan

indochinedoor21Indochine – the name evokes images of a wild colonial confluence of cultures, and while often fraught with struggle, French Indochina produced some of the most sophisticated flavors on the planet – which brings me to Indochine the New York City restaurant – a premier destination for some of the City’s most beautiful and discerning diners.

We at WIJW keep talking about the “total sensory experience” – Indochine is that to the Nth degree – Luscious monumental tropical arrangements (refreshed every week) tower grandly throughout, a bold Banana leaf wallpaper punctuates the walls, rattan furniture for the waiting area, undulating overhead fans, deep comfy booths beckon one to crisp white linen covered tables, while unbelievably graceful wait staff serve and facilitate confidently, appearing here and there in the ambient glow of the half light – this is the perfect future/past ultra chic French/Vietnamese experience!


I can proudly say I’ve been coming here since my early days as a New Yorker some 20 years ago, and the place and the cuisine miraculously remains absolutely as fresh as my very first visit. Do eat here – the food is of course heaven realm stuff, and the presentation absolutely always demands pause for appreciation.


I’m pictured (top of post) at Indochine wearing a Balenciaga olive cotton/silk Asian inspired shirt with loop closures over a Michael Kors ivory knit cotton top with crocheted placket, white skinny jean by Diesel, woven white cotton Gucci belt with brown alligator and bamboo D ring, Gucci Asian inspired flip flops in brown velvet and woven straw and leather, and to complete the look, I’m wearing my fab KVA sunglasses created for Oliver Peoples.

Richard Schultz

I’m standing next to an ultra modern Richard Schultz high back wing chair from his new “Wing” collection. These bright geometric outdoor pieces draw on the classic wing chair form, and really give one a lovely sense of protection and enclosure – they are also surprisingly comfortable. Schultz’s timeless designs have complimented many many major spaces since the highly regarded Knoll collections he created in the mid-sixties. Perhaps a Schultz design would be the perfect solution to your outdoor seating arrangement!


I’m wearing a white cotton safari Jacket by Gucci, (I love the look of a safari style jacket as a more casual alternative to a blazer), Balenciaga black and white silk/cotton micro stripe shirt with drawstring neck, lemon yellow jeans by Cassette, braided black leather belt, black leather loafers and black leather tote all by Gucci.

Modern Wicker

I love wicker! The hand-made, airy quality of it really adds texture to a room. I often use a mix of wicker or rattan with upholstered pieces for country or beach houses, tropical retreats, or wherever a client wants a more casual vibe. I was really excited when I came across this fabulous pair of French 60’s wicker and leather swivel club chairs at the fantastic Galerie Van Den Akker. What a clever, modernist use of wicker. I can’t wait to place them in my next casual contemporary project.

Enjoying one of a pair of lovely sculptural chairs, I’m wearing a red leather biker jacket by Gucci, a Balenciaga chambray shirt with blue and white cotton stripes lining the collar and cuffs, royal blue cotton pant by Gucci, silver chain link belt also Gucci, Dior sunglasses and silver leather sneakers.