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JAMES ANDREW INTERIOR DESIGN

James Andrew interior - photo Matt Dean

James Andrew interior – photo Matt Dean

As promised, we’ve been upgrading and revamping my heretofore rather neglected jamesandrewinteriordesign.com website. Several clients have graciously allowed me to document some of the interiors I’ve designed over the years, and we’ll continue to add more images, so do check back often and enjoy our bigger, bolder format and a select group of images that explore a wide array of my design work.

I’m photographed (top) by my dear friend Matt Dean in a billiard room I designed for an 1890’s townhouse here in New York City. The overall feeling of the home is a lux boheme kind of vibe — a mix of turn-of-the-century fabulousness and international arts and crafts. I’m sporting a Tom Ford camel cashmere jacket with caramel suede trim, brown plaid silk pants, saddle leather loafers, browns and beige silk pocket square, Tom Ford era Gucci dark camel silk turtleneck, python belt with silver double horsehead buckle, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford bronzing gel and my fragrance is Tom Ford, London.

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CHRISTIAN FUCHS REVISITED

James Andrew - photo Christian Fuchs

James Andrew – photo Christian Fuchs

The wildly talented Peruvian based artist Christian Fuchs and I spent a perfect autumnal Sunday this past weekend, strolling amidst the leaves in Central Park where he snapped this lovely portrait.

Over a fortifying brunch at Orsay, Fuchs shared his latest projects and ventures. He’s been quite busy in fact since the WIJW piece we did on him in 2011, with exhibitions at Pulse Miami, Scope Miami, and a handful of other art fairs including ARTBO: the Feria Internacional de Arte de Bogotá. He’s had exhibitions in Germany, Iran, Croatia, Costa Rica, and has shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago de Chile!

photo Christian Fuchs

photo Christian Fuchs

Imbued with a thick atmosphere of highly expressive nostalgia that verges on the surreal, Fuchs’ heavily manipulated work harks back to the turn of the century experiments in Pictorialism championed by such photographic groups as the Photo-Secessionists led by Stieglitz. Certainly there is more than a touch of German Romanticism to Fuchs’ aesthetic as well!

Excerpt from The Photographic Work of Christian Fuchs, WIJW 2011

photo Christian Fuchs

photo Christian Fuchs

photo Christian Fuchs

photo Christian Fuchs

The classic Fuchs portrait of me (top) conveys an interesting Bavarian / gothic revival sort of vibe I think. I’m wearing a vintage Lodenfrey loden cape, amber wool and silk challis paisley scarf, Uniqlo brown cashmere turtleneck sweater and slim jeans, Tom Ford brown leather tasseled loafers, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Tom Ford, Oud.

For more information on Fuchs you can contact the artist himself at christianh.fuchs@gmail.com !

NEST FRAGRANCES

James Andrew's interior with Nest candle

James Andrew’s living room arrangement with Nest candle

During a meeting with Howard Slatkin at his home to discuss his superb recent book, Fifth Avenue Style: A Designer’s New York Apartment, we couldn’t help but inquire about the most exquisite scented candles that greeted us there.

Slatkin elevator vestibule

A visit to Howard Slatkin’s home is an unforgettable thing — all of one’s senses are engaged immediately upon entering the elevator vestibule!

Enter Nest Fragrances. Slatkin, who is really the ultimate in design couturiers, tells us that he used to actually go so far as to create home fragrances for his clients –this was at a time when the only decent alternatives around were scented candles by Rigaud. If there happened to be a surplus of his bespoke creations during a project (and if a client didn’t mind) he’d offer them at his NYC atelier/boutique, Slatkin & Co. As the story goes, one day a former Saks Fifth Avenue president (Rose Marie Bravo) was shopping at Slatkin & Co and realized that there was a huge void in home fragrances. She wanted several thousand of Slatkin’s olfactory confections!

Slatkin had his hands full with projects of his own, and knew that this would be a massive undertaking. Thankfully for all of us, his brother Harry and sister in law, Laura (who had recently left Bear Stearns) took on the daunting project, and with their combined business savvy, turned Slatkin & Co into the it candle and fragrance company, which (not surprisingly) was subsequently snapped up by The Limited Group. The Slatkins, however, held on to the private label business and formed Nest. Laura Slatkin — who just gets everything right — propelled the company to become what is now one of the most iconic fragrance companies of our time. Needless to say, there is a whole lot of chic amongst the Slatkin clan!

Slatkin foyer

Slatkin foyer

I personally love mixing these fragrances to create my own blend. I love Bamboo mixed with Grapefruit, Orange Blossom, lemon grass and ginger or Sicilian Tangerine for instance. I love moss and mint and wasabi pear for the bedroom. During autumn and winter I switch to Moroccan Amber and Birchwood Pine. I’m wild about White Narcisse which combines so many of my favorites scents – French mimosa, dewy muguet and creamy sandalwood — it contains natural jasmine absolute, natural mimosa absolute and natural narcissus extract.

Do peruse their site and treat yourselves to a few of these most sublime scents.

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