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ASIA WEEK NEW YORK 2014 AND THE CHINESE PORCELAIN COMPANY

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company

It is that time again to celebrate ASIA Week. Now in its sixth year, Asia Week New York continues its tradition, unveiling a spectacular treasure trove of superlative Asian works of art at exhibitions throughout Manhattan galleries. The fun commences Friday, March 14 and runs through Saturday, March 22, 2014. Asia Week New York exhibitions are open and free to the public.

As you may know, Asian art has always been a favorite of mine. I love how it integrates so seamlessly with almost any design idiom. In the past, I’ve paired Japanese pieces with American Mission and Arts and Crafts, and I’ve successfully coupled modern Chinese Ink drawings with French Louis XVI pieces as well — the possibilities are always exciting. It’s no wonder that in almost every country around the world one can find interiors and architecture that have been influenced by Asian art.

It should be noted that one of this year’s Asia Week NY sponsors is the most sublime Amanresorts – who certainly know a thing or two about capturing the essence of place!

Our super chic friends at the stunning Chinese Porcelain Company (you’ll recall Scott McBee’s fine ocean liner paintings represented there) had us over for a special sneak peak of a few of the works they are highlighting for Asia Week. Their offering includes Chinese contemporary ink paintings – in particular, two marvelous and monumental works by Zhao Xu entitled Lotus Pod I and Lotus Pod II (flanking me in the photo at top) as well a group of ancient Chinese ceramics. It’s a stellar presentation of ancient and contemporary art.

Do make a point to line up gallery visits and see how you might be able to incorporate some of these treasures into your own interiors.

I’m pictured at the Chinese Porcelain Company (looking a bit “Amercian Hustle” I’m afraid) – perhaps a hair cut and shave are in order! I’m sporting a Tom Ford camel hair silk cashmere jacket with suede elbow patches and accents, lavender striped cotton shirt, purple wool knit tie, purple and lavender dot silk pocket square, brown leather belt with rose gold buckle and brown leather tasseled loafers, Gucci brown and purple cotton/wool check pant and sun glasses, vintage Rolex, moon stone cuff links, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Tuscan Leather.

Billionaire’s Row San Francisco

James Andrew - San Francisco - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew – San Francisco – photo Scott McBee

Four days in sensational San Francisco is certainly not enough time for an exploration of the city nor to really have a proper visit with our many friends, but alas four days is what we had and we made the best of it. Wanting to see as much as we could, we spent a goodly amount of time investigating SF’s many diverse neighborhoods.

Petit Trianon a la San Francisco

Petit Trianon a la San Francisco

We were particularly drawn to the so called “Billionaire’s Row” with its surplus of gorgeous properties. It’s actually a pretty nice walking area. I was secretly hoping to perhaps meet a potential client…one never knows. What a thrill it would be to decorate a magnificent mega-mansion like this 1904 homage to Versailles’ Petite Trianon in Presidio Heights, the Koshland Mansion – (apparently the original owners had an Antoinette inspired costume ball opening – WIJW would have loved to bring you that!) – in any case the whole thing had us transported back to our French tour not so long ago.

Despite our limited time, we were happily able to catch up with the ever fabulous Scott Meacham Wood, fellow decorator and author of the fab blog, The Adventures of Tartan Scott. We also had the great pleasure to dine with our newlywed friends at The Slanted Door (another superb Philip Bewley suggestion) which offers a tasty modern take on Vietnamese cuisine. The place also affords truly exceptional views of the Bay Bridge and its mesmerizing Leo Villareal light installation.

Needless to say, another trip to San Francisco is in order and I’m thinking our next visit will have to include the Napa vineyards!

My Seaman Schepps cufflinks.

My Seaman Schepps cufflinks.

Feeling like a billion bucks in my Tom Ford tangerine silk herringbone suit, I’m strolling through “Billionaire’s Row” eyeing potential projects. I’m wearing a white cotton shirt with French cuffs, a silk floral print pocket square and “Cyrille” sunglasses – all by Tom Ford, vintage coral and shell Seaman Schepps cuff links, Rolex watch, Etro orange suede tasseled loafers, and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

A Marvelous Masquerade Gala

James Andrew at Guy Clark's Birthday Bash

James Andrew at Guy Clark's Birthday Bash

Back again with our friends Guy Clark and Harrison Morgan for more splendor in the country—this time, we’re at Rose Cottage for a marvelous masquerade party in celebration of Clark’s birthday. I channeled a mix of Walter Albini and Baron Alexis de Rede for my brand of over-the-top fabulousness.

I’m sporting a highland fling version of “black tie ” with a Tom Ford era Gucci dinner jacket in black wool with black velvet buttons and trim, Tom Ford pale green tuxedo shirt and black silk bow tie and cummerbund, black watch tartan wool pants by Paul Smith, (not shown) black patent leather opera pumps are Tom Ford era Gucci, Seaman Schepps evening set comprised of sapphires surrounded by diamond baguettes, and my fragrance is the very elegant Creed Imperial. And an outrageous vintage feather mask, (thanks to Robin Brouillette).