James Andrew Design - Illustration by Scott McBee
I’m quite thrilled and honored to be a part of this year’s Rooms With A View Design Show.
Founded by my mentor, the legendary Albert Hadley, as a venue to support the Southport Congregational Church, it has become one of the most important social events of the season in Connecticut.
There you’ll find a series of vignettes, or mini room settings, designed by some of the most celebrated interior designers from the Northeast. This year’s theme is being called “The Next Generation,” with, as you might have guessed, a focus on rising stars. Of course there’ll be a special tribute to the iconic Albert Hadley, and in this spirit I’ve been taking great pleasure in designing my room with a nod to Hadley, the man who’s been called the “Dean of American Design.” Scott McBee’s able hand has imagined my vignette (above) I think quite perfectly.
I’m being most graciously sponsored by the superlative Scalamandre fabric house and I’ll be using all of their luxurious fabrics and trims in my vignette. I’ll also be featuring a spectacular selection of old and new pieces from some of my favorite dealers and artisans, including Frederick P. Victoria, H M Luther, Topher Carnes, Tucker Robbins, Yale R Burge, French Accents, and the brilliant work of our very own Scott McBee to name a few.
Do mark your calenders! The opening gala preview party is Thursday November 3rd , 2011 6 PM, and the show will be open to the public Friday November 4th 2011 to Sunday November 6th.
I hope to see many of you there!
James Andrew at Frederick P Victoria. photo Lars Stephan
I love going to artisan workrooms and warehouses when I’m dreaming up spectacular interiors for my clients, and one of my all time favorites is Frederick P Victoria – they have a veritable treasure trove of important historical items, and as you all might have gathered, I do love a good story behind what I place! Equally useful though are their many new incredibly well crafted pieces created to reflect a more modern sensibility.
Directoire style commode created for Lord Mountbatten and circuit boy lacquer coffee table both at Frederick P. Victoria.
I’m in the process of putting together a fantastic Frederick P. Victoria collection for a super chic client – a marvelous mix of high style traditional with a contemporary vibe – as you know, this is a JAID trademark look. What a glamorous and vibrant interior this collection will create for my client!
Elsie de Wolfe table in nickel and parchment.
Victoria tub side chair.
Seated in a Victoria tub side chair enjoying these beautiful furnishings which include an Art Deco style obelisk, a Serge Roche style venetian mirror, and a Jacob model officers chair, I’m sporting a smashing mint green cotton twill jacket by Gucci, lavender end on end cotton shirt with french cuffs and contrast white collar by Tom Ford, Seaman Schepps grey pearl cuff links, light weight pale grey wool pants by Paul Smith, python belt with silver double horsehead buckle by Gucci, pocket square in grey and white silk by Charvet Paris, Tom Ford saddle leather loafers, Cartier vintage “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.
Photo by Lars Stephan.