James Andrew – vintage Vespa
While driving a golf cart through Lyford and West Palm Beach is
pretty fun, I recently took a spin on one of my client’s gorgeous vintage Vespas, and I’m hooked! I often work with clients to scout out perfect properties around the world, and I pride myself with having a comprehensive sense of what my clients prefer, what their needs are, and whether a property has potential to fill those needs — generally this saves a great deal of time and effort for all involved!
A couple of clients who are currently living in “Welly World” (an insider’s term for the Palm Beach Polo Club and the general surrounds 20 minutes west of Palm Beach) are looking to switch homes, so I spent a bit of time recently sifting through possibilities. Most of Palm Beach Polo was developed in the 70s and 80s and now many of these homes are in need of a facelift, but there really is a lot one can do with some judicious landscaping and a few well selected edits to transform many of these places into rather ravishing homes! Taking a spin around on a vintage Vespa was not only great fun but a highly effective way to get the lay of the land, so to speak, and I did happen to find a few places that look quite promising! We’ll see where this all leads.
Dressed for my Vespa adventure, I’m sporting a Tom Ford Indigo and Ivory silk glen plaid jacket, royal cotton pants, pale blue micro herringbone cotton shirt with French cuffs, ocean blue and white dot print pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, woven blue leather Adriano Meneghetti belt, Ralph Lauren royal blue suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford Costa Azzura fragrance and a touch of Tom Ford bronzing gel for that sun kissed glow.
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Zaha Hadid 1000 Museum Penthouse James Andrew Design
While on a recent a Florida jaunt, I was struck by the great multitude of marvelous developments and building projects happening in Miami. There are something like 150 apartment buildings being built, along with museums, parks, and marinas—it is really is becoming a quite tremendous tropical city, and no doubt I’ll be helping many with the decoration of their new homes!
I was rather taken by Zaha Hadid’s magnificent masterpiece, 1000 Museum. It’s really building-as-sculpture, standing prominently on the Miami skyline with distinctly futuristic fabulousness. This exceptionally elegant residential tower offers a world class environment for a lucky few who are able to secure one of these exclusive museum quality residences.
As I have mentioned, I do love to design in Florida, and with all the potential opportunity in Miami I immediately began to fantasize about working with an absolute dream client in a Penthouse duplex. It would obviously be a client with a very high level of sophistication and a great deal of respect for Hadid’s architectural vision. I’ve taken the opportunity here to really flesh out the possibilities for just such a client. I’ve gathered a scintillating collection of futurist furniture from different eras (this is a James Andrew Interior Design best of the best!). I’ve had the incredibly talented NYC artist, Scott McBee render my vision of a 1000 Museum penthouse “great room.” I think it illustrates how well these sellect pieces relate to Hadid’s own vision for the future.
Guy de Rougement “Nuage” tables
Tony Duquette console.
As is my trademark, I felt it important to mix in a few antiques as well—in this case, 2 pairs of the most gorgeous grotto chairs referencing the sea. Other elements point to the sky—all embodied in this mansion in the sky.
Grotto side chairs
Jansen glass and steel chair
I created 2 seating areas that revolve around a pair of Royere curved sofas and centered on this grand and glorious space a monumental 1960’s Venini chandelier. Perfection!
Jean Royere sofa
1960s Venini Chandelier
Needless to say, if you happen to be one of the lucky few to secure a foothold at 1000 Museum, do give me a ring if you like what you see!
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A Palm Beach selfie.
The Palm Beach area is where I spent the bulk of my time on my recent Florida expedition. I have a wonderful collection of friends there and I am quite sentimental about it all. I think a lot of those feelings are based on my early visits in the 70’s. Palm Beach was a very different place in those day – it was a bit more the way Lyford feels today—a bastian of old-world manners, charm, and politesse—a place where people cared enough to get properly dressed for dinner and parties. It has changed quite a bit now, though there are indeed a select few who still bask in the chic that was once Palm Beach. Whatever the case may be, I do believe one needs to bring one’s own brand of chic WHEREVER one might go. Needless to say, when I go to Palm Beach I certainly dress for dinner or, say, a stroll down Worth Avenue.
I often wonder if I were to spend more of my life in Florida, where would it be? Despite all of the change, there is still so much I adore about Palm Beach, and the idea of splitting my time between New York and Florida is becoming more appealing! I guess we shall see how these thoughts unfold.
While pondering questions like these, I took this selfie on a friend’s Palm Beach terrace. I’m sporting a Tom Ford pale blue oxford shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, vintage Rolex, Tom Ford glasses and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.* * *