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ROARK MODERN A VENUE TO INSPIRE

James at Roark Modern - Photo:  Boris Glamocanin

James at Roark Modern – Photo: Boris Glamocanin

With the look and feel of a glamorous uber chic Tribeca loft, Roark Modern is certainly one of my favorite destinations for antique furniture. This indispensable resource is the brainchild of Lisa Bowles who began her career as an interior designer. She’s always sought out-of-the-way places — the back streets of Paris, remote villages in Southern France, Spain, Italy, etc. — to bring her clients the most unusual and rarely seen furniture and objects. Fortunately for all of us, Bowles brings this same approach to her ravishing showroom, sharing a masterful mix of styles and periods selected with natural flair and a deep knowledge of all things antique.

Roark Modern

Roark Modern

Here the super stylish Bowles is constantly arranging and re-arranging, creating what she likes to call moments — vignettes and interesting juxtapositions of periods and styles inviting one to look at things with fresh eyes. Of course these ravishing vignettes never last very long because the pieces are always quickly snapped up by some of the most influential designers and taste makers around! That being said, do make a point to visit Roark Modern often – there will always be something new to delight and inspire!

Roark Modern

Roark Modern

Photographed at Roark Modern (top) by photographer Boris Glamocanin, I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Wetherby” suit in ocean blue wool silk linen melange, royal and white cotton silk polka dot print french cuff shirt, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Charvet navy and royal retro print silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Pierre Hardy cobalt suede demi boots, my fragrance is Tom Ford Madorino Di Amalfi and Tom Ford Bronzing Gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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THE FRICK SAVED

James Andrew, The Frick.

James Andrew, The Frick.

In a letter from the Frick’s director Ian Wardropper, we’ve receive the best news we could possibly hope for:

After months of public dialogue and thoughtful consideration and weighing the potential for a protracted appoval process against the Frick’s pressing needs, the Board of Trustees has decided to approach the expansion plan in a way that avoids building on the garden site.

In short, our beloved Russell Page garden at the Frick has been saved! Turns out our votes counted and our voices were heard — it shows that collectively we can indeed make a difference!

The Frick Garden by Kate Schelter

The Frick Garden by Kate Schelter

The Frick Garden by Jonathan Myles Lea

The Frick Garden by Jonathan Myles Lea

There are so many who should be thanked for their tireless efforts, ideas, support, and resources — Marina Rust, Kate Schelter, Kate Belin, Jonathan Myles-Lea, Madison Cox, Annette de la Renta, Giancarlo Giammetti, Peter Pennoyer, Robert A.M. Stern, fellow bloggers like Heather Clawson, etc. etc. Rachel Feinstein who was instrumental in mobilizing artists to create a group letter, the Historic Districts Council, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Defenders of the Historic Upper East Side, the expertise and leadership of the Cultural Landscape Foundation as well as the Garden Club of America, and of course everyone at Unite to Save the Frick — all of whose collective efforts have been critical in persuading the powers that be to preserve this glorious bit of hallowed ground.

The Frick Garden by Annika Connor

The Frick Garden by Annika Connor

Celebrating the saving of the Russell Page garden at the Frick, I’m decked out in my “flowers not towers” Tom Ford floral silk/cotton pants (a special thank you to Jeffrey Sternfeld for finding these beauties for me), lavender silk wook jacket, white cotton shirt with French cuffs and a royal dot print silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, Hadliegh royal blue gingham tasseled slippers, Creed Pure White Cologne and a bit of a sun kissed glow via Tom Ford Bronzing Gel.

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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.