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Nicholas Turner

James Andrew - portrait by Nicholas Turner

James Andrew - portrait by Nicholas Turner

When WIJW was in its infancy, making posts was a fairly spontaneous affair—with photography being pretty nearly an afterthought. I’d simply be shopping for a client at, say, the Chinese Porcelain Factory or H M Luther, I’d see a piece that aligned with my aesthetic, and out would come a little compact camera to capture the scene. Some of these images were definitely better than others, (thankfully, in a pinch, our own Scott McBee would step in to take the shot, and he did manage to actually capture some rather fine images despite the impromptu circumstances!).

Of course, as things progressed—and WIJW started to garner serious international attention—we began to rely on pro-photographers for many of our shots to create a high quality WIJW experience. Subsequently, now that we’ve been at it for some years, I’ve had the great pleasure to work with quite a few fine artist/photographers. Among our quiver of creatives, I hold Nicholas Turner in high regard. As you can see, we’ve reconnected with him just now to produce this intimate and probing portrait (a touch of Snowdon perhaps?), and I must say I’m rather pleased with the results. Incidentally, Turner is working on his first book project—a photo diary of sorts—with a collection of self portraits. We can’t wait to see the results!

I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Country Jacket” in amethyst wool silk tri-color windowpane, white, gray and black check shirt with French cuffs, vintage moon stone cuff links, gray silk Hermes pocket square, Gucci purple foulard and paisley silk scarf as ascot and my fragrance is Creed Royal-Oud.

SOFA New York 2011

The SOFA exposition is one of the more important decorative art fairs, bringing together a selection of the finest galleries from around the world. WIJW was recently invited to the fair, and we’re very pleased to highlight some of our favorite pieces.

Glass work by Lino Tagliapietra

Heller Gallery featured the work of master glass maker and internationally acclaimed artist Lino Tagliapietra. His works are represented in more than 60 museums around the world, and at an age when most would be considering retirement, he continues to develop and explore his craft. He plays the role of teacher to many acclaimed artists as well, including Dale Chihuly. I was particularly taken by his 2010 piece, “Saturno.”

Mosaic in glass by Andrea Salvador

At Berengo Studio—a fantastic mosaic in glass by Andrea Salvador, who was discovered while working on tomb stones! His painstaking, nearly photographic mosaic work, is entirely created by hand.

Sculpture by Jeff Conroy

The Ann Nathan Gallery featured Jeff Conroy’s “Visible Man,” a sculpture consisting of glass fragments, silicone and 450 images—decoupage on acid! Certainly a complex and wonderfully thought provoking piece.

Porcelain pots by Felicity Aylieff

Flanked by monumental Felicity Aylieff porcelain pots at Adrian Sassoon, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty grey blue suede biker jacket , wool check pants and black leather tote, Turnbull and Asser dark green micro check shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs, Seaman Scepps pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires, Hermes “blue jean” leather belt with silver buckle, Yves Saint Laurent black leather “Windsor” loafers and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

I’ve come to really enjoy chatting with gallerists; hearing their critical insight, as well as the many interesting stories stories behind the work they represent, cannot help but edify and inspire.

Lulu de Kwiatkowski at Clic Gallery

James Andrew and Lulu de Kwiatkowski at Clic Gallery - photo Gabriel Everett

The super chic Clic Gallery is one of my favorite go-to sources for the most spectacular selection of art and photography. Their latest exhibition celebrates the work of artist/designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski and coincides with the launching of her new book, “Lulu.”

We had a chance to chat with the lovely Kwiatkowski before her reception—we spoke of love, life, adventures, and change—the closing of chapters in our lives and the beginning of new ones—suffice it to say, there was no shortage of mutually interesting topics.

Kwiatkowski has had a dynamic life replete with world travel. She painted in Paris, lived in Parish Hadley designed rooms, and had a very fashionable mother who encouraged her to be “one with nature”—I must say we here at WIJW are a bit jealous! I was happy to hear that we share many creative inspirations: from major figures like David Hicks, Albert Hadley, and Sister Parish, to brands like D.Porthault. She also related her reverence for the sea and sand—I’m sure you’ll forgive us for being madly in love with her!

Kwiatkowski’s works are simply joy inducing, and you’ll be sure to see these marvelous pieces gracing many of the fine interiors I’m creating for my clients. Do get your copy of “Lulu”—it’s an autobiographical journey shared via her highly personal, wonderfully exuberant, and colorful collages. And while you are at it, make a point to visit the Clic Gallery to experience this exceptional exhibition which runs until May 8th, 2011.

I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, cotton shirt in blue cotton oxford melange with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires, Tom Ford era Gucci black wool flannel pant, black silk tie and black leather wingtip tasseled loafers, black leather belt with silver buckle by Hermes, silk paisley pocket square in blues, gray and black by Yves Saint Laurent, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.