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The Viceroy Miami (part three)

James Andrew at the Club 50 elevator foyer.

James Andrew at the Club 50 elevator lobby.

While at the Viceroy Miami, McBee and I had the concierge arrange for a speed boat to take us and a couple of South Beach friends on a little tour of some of the swankiest water front enclaves – Star and Palm Island etc. – reminded me a lot of a wonderful Capri boating expedition we took last year. Certainly getting on the water was quite nice, but we didn’t see any properties that really peaked our interest, and we happily returned to the Viceroy to enjoy an afternoon of lounging at the magnificent monumental pool (said to be the largest infinity edge pool in Florida) – If you are in the mood to rest, relax, and rejuvenate in a luxurious and peaceful setting, then this is a must visit location – our friends were so taken by the splendor of the place that they actually opted to spend the afternoon with us by the pool rather than return to the beach – I think that speaks volumes for the Viceroy Miami. Of course, I’d like to think that our fine company added a little extra incentive for them to stay as well!

The Club 50 Lounge.

The Club 50 Lounge.

I’m photographed (top) posing at the Viceroy’s Club 50 lobby. Towering hand painted cranes on silk wallpaper, an exquisite geometric marble floor, a stone center table set with an eclectic grouping of stone objet d’art, and a crowning starburst light fixture all conspire to make the most perfectly surreal effect – one cannot help but have a sense of wonder and expectation as one makes one’s way upwards towards the spectacular views high above where a couple of Club 50 pre-dinner, pre-opera drinks and the Miami city skyline mix in the most heavenly way – I still have Mojitos dancing in my head! Once primed, there are a myriad of fine restaurants off Brickell Avenue. Special mention simply must go to The River seafood and oyster bar – everything we’ve had there is absolutely scrumptious, and it’s just a few blocks from the hotel!

I’m wearing a mint green cotton twill jacket by Gucci, a magenta and white silk pocket square by Tom Ford, a white and black cotton striped shirt with white contrast collar by Richard James, Seaman Schepps black pearl cufflinks, shocking pink jean cut pants by Dior, black patent leather belt with silver leather trim and grommets by Gucci, black leather sandal/espadrilles are by Christian Louboutin.

Creating Balance

When there is no preexisting axis in a room, the use of symmetry can go a long way toward establishing a much needed sense of balance. And so it is that I am always on the lookout for matching pieces. On a recent visit to the Pascal Boyer Gallery I came across a splendid pair of Jansen inlaid herringbone pattern cabinets modeled in a classic french form, yet with a nice 60’s/70’s modernist touch. I can see these lovelies flanking a doorway or fireplace, and they would really pop with a dark wall as a backdrop.

I am wearing a black wool flannel peaked lapel jacket by Gucci with a Tom Ford black and white silk pocket square, Richard James cotton shirt in white and black stripes with contrast white collar and cuff, Seaman Schepps black pearl cuff links, plum skinny jean by Diesel, silver chain link belt by Gucci, silver leather sneakers by Dior.