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A VISIT TO THE CHINESE PORCELAIN COMPANY

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain

As an interior designer I’m always on the prowl for the most gorgeous things for my clients, and among the many superb galleries in New York City the Chinese Porcelain Company is always one of my first stops.

The ever so sophisticated Pierre Durand, owner of the Chinese Porcelain Company, has the most exquisite eye – he simply gets everything just right (and as many of you may know, Durand has been a long-time enthusiast of Scott Houston McBee’s painted work, and has held several exhibitions for him there). You’ll always find a masterful mix of unique one-of-a-kind treasures at the Chinese Porcelain Company, both antique and modern – and everything lives rather stylishly together. My own design approach includes a similarly elegant and eclectic juxtaposition of things that really help to create interest and excitement.

I’m particularly wild about the silk velvet leopard canapé (pictured above). It would work well in so many scenarios – and the stunning 1966 Kenzo Okada mixed paper collage on canvas hanging above it is absolute perfection!

Basking amidst the beauty of so many marvelous things, I’m photographed by the brilliant Boris Glamocanin. I’m wearing a Tom Ford brown and ivory glen plaid suit, dusty pink micro check cotton shirt, pale pink and brown plaid tie, brown leather tasseled loafers, Charvet pink silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, Seaman Schepps shell and coral cuff links, Creed Windsor fragrance, and a touch of Tom Ford Bronzing Gel to extend my recent DR glow!

The Fabulous Focal Point

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company - photo Justin Williams

When creating a room, there are many factors to consider. Among these, producing a strong focal point is an absolute essential. If, say, there is a good fireplace in a room, then that becomes the focal point, and the room will revolve around that. If, on the other hand, there is not a fireplace, I will set myself toward creating a fabulous focal point from, perhaps, an important table, commode or cupboard, topped by a well chosen piece of sculpture or a collection of porcelain, and then, to further enhance the effect, a wonderful work of art on the wall behind or a magnificent mirror will go a long way toward finalizing a room.

5-piece blue and white garniture.

While visiting the uber chic Chinese Porcelain Company recently I was quite taken with the most fantastic grouping consisting of a brilliant Louis XIV console table, a large 17th Century 5-piece blue and white garniture, and on the wall, one of Scott McBee’s very handsome ocean liner paintings, the “SS Rafaello” – while these are unquestionably disparate pieces, I’m sure you’ll agree that together they produce a truly grand arrangement, and would create a stunning focal point for any fine interior.


SS Rafaello by Scott McBee


Louis XIV console table.

Do pay a visit to The Chinese Porcelain Company and see for yourself!

I’m sporting a smashing midnight blue velvet jacket by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser blue and green cotton mini tartan shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs, Charvet forest green and white silk retro print pocket square, vintage moon stone cuff links, Paul Smith black watch tartan wool pants, red alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, Gucci black suede and leather “Belgian loafer” inspired shoes, necklace with tartan pen knife and charms by Cartography and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.

Elegant Enlightenment

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I popped into the chic Chinese Porcelain Company to pick up an image of one of their abstract ink paintings to show to a client, and this stunning arrangement caught my eye – an elegant Buddha (with subduing mudra) resting on an Italian 18th century Louis XVI console and a monumental coromandel screen for a backdrop – Not only a highly refined aesthetic statement that would elevate any well designed interior, this elegant statue would certainly make for a powerful daily reminder of one’s own very best potential!

I’m sporting a white cotton pinstripe jacket by Gucci, Turnbull and Asser shirt is cotton purple gingham, lavender Glenn plaid cotton pocket square is by Tom Ford, white Diesel jeans, black patent leather belt with silver leather trim and grommets and white loafers both by Gucci.