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Contemporary Eclectic Elegance

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company — photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew at the Chinese Porcelain Company — photo by Gabriel Everett

The effect I like to create in my interiors is one of eclectic contemporary elegance—indeed this has become the James Andrew Interior Design hallmark. Of course to accomplish this look one needs fine objects, and often my prime go-to resource is the incomparable Chinese Porcelain Company. There I always find the most marvelous assortment of pieces in a wide range of styles and periods; from museum quality French furniture to Chinese ceramics and contemporary Asian art. On a recent visit I was drawn to a brilliant arrangement comprised of a 19th century mahogany library table, and a modern Zao Wou-Ki ink painting flanked by the most beautiful pair of 18th century Louis XV Gilt painted fauteuils (attributed to L. Cresson) upholstered in a terrific French tiger silk velvet. It’s all about mixing the best of the best from different periods to create fresh and exciting combinations and contrasts.

PAIR OF LOUIS XV GILT PAINTED FAUTEUILS early to mid-18th century attributed to L. Cresson

PAIR OF LOUIS XV GILT PAINTED FAUTEUILS early to mid-18th century attributed to L. Cresson

A MAHOGANY LIBRARY TABLE c. 1800

A MAHOGANY LIBRARY TABLE c. 1800

INK PAINTING BY ZAO WOU-KI (b. 1920) ink on paper, 1984

INK PAINTING BY ZAO WOU-KI (b. 1920) ink on paper, 1984

There is an incredible versatility in Asian art that seems to compliment all periods and styles.

My friend, photographer Gabriel Everett captured me contemplating the perfection of this arrangement at the Chinese Porcelain Company sporting a Tom Ford “Snowdon” suit in lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill, lilac cotton over check shirt and black and saddle loafers, pink silk pocket by Charvet Paris, purple alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, vintage moon stone cuff links and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

15 Comments

  1. little augury says:

    that suit is glorious and one of my favourite colours ever. the small check is perfect with it.

  2. Matt says:

    Dear James,

    You surely know how to flirt with the camera!
    Great shot once more.

    Love the chairs, they match perfectly with your shoes.

    Hugs – Matt

  3. Dean says:

    SOLD!!!

    (those chairs are what I dream of)

    Dean

  4. James Andrew says:

    Hello Matt,

    Well you should see the man behind the camera, Gabriel Everett is not only quite brilliant but quite an attractive young man as well.

    Cheers

    JA

  5. You look wonderful in that beautiful lilac rose TF suit and I adore the French tiger silk velvet, too!

  6. jon k says:

    your eyes cut straight through a man : ) I like that

    Obviously, a lavender suit does not need verbal praise, its understood, looking majestic as always.

    I’d like to get that Gabriel’s lens on me!

  7. Eddie B. says:

    this color looks great on you…

  8. Christian Fuchs says:

    James, you look absolutely magnificent…….the mahogany library table would look amazing in my living room.

    Have a nice day,

    Christian

  9. Marc de Paris says:

    Your dialogue with Louis XV style is wonderful! So, you cannot miss the exhibition of Versailles about “Couturiers et créateurs de mode” inspired by XVIII th Century. Will you manage to arrive in France before october 9th? I look forward to your answer.

    I hope that you have not suffered from the cyclone Irene and I wish you all the best

  10. Andy says:

    You have never looked more handsome or more elegant!

  11. Dean says:

    That silk suit in heliotrope is to die for!

  12. James Andrew says:

    Hello Andy,

    You are so terribly sweet!

    Thank You!

    Lavender is such a sublime color,it elevates ones spirit.

    I am look forward to your continued support and feedback.

    Cheers

    JA

  13. Dean says:

    I think its more wisteria or thistle, perhaps pale periwinkle?

    D

  14. Glenn says:

    Purely decadent outfit..but if this was in the us and not in Florida or California i would have gone with socks..just me

  15. Glenn Campagna says:

    Or any beach community would work too.. And “sublimely decadent” would probably have been a better two words …

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