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Interior Designer as Art Advisor

James Andrew at the Armory Show

James Andrew at the Armory Show

The right art can truly elevate an interior, just as the wrong art can simply wreck even a wonderful design scheme.

I work closely with my clients to ensure that the selection of art is cohesive and that the interior compliments and highlights the collection. To that end, I’m constantly on the prowl for art—in galleries, artist’s studios, websites like @60inches.com, as well as various art shows around the world.

This past weekend, the painter and storyboarding genius Scott McBee and I took a stroll through the NYC Armory Show, which you all know is one of the leading international contemporary and modern art fairs, and certainly one of the most important annual art events in New York. We had the best time seeing a rather broad range of art…some good and some not-so-good, but either way it’s the perfect way to see a broad selection of work.

I particularly enjoyed a Damien Hirst spin art piece—the child-like enthusiasm captured in these is no doubt due to the fact that it was as a 9 year old boy that Hirst was first inspired by this idea (apparently he was watching the British television show Blue Peter…where there was a contraption comprised of nails and rubber bands and a battery operated motor creating wild explosions of pattern and color). One can’t help but be a bit inspired…to take one’s passion, no matter how childlike, and indulge…with the right PR, who knows, one might make millions in the process.

Stopping to admire Hirst’s wonderful work. I’m sporting a Gucci red leather motor cycle jacket and purple paisley foulard and paisley silk scarf, an amber cashgora sweater by Tom Ford, Uniqlo slim jeans, YSL aubergine suede “Eton” boots, a faded purple leather bag by Hildestahl vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Citrus Bigarrade.


  1. CD says:

    Infinitely Happenstance?

    I am so glad you attended the Armory Show and found the spin painting of Damien Hirst to be inspiring.

    A friend of mine has a few of such paintings by Damien Hirst and she finds them to be in perfect dialogue with the Warhol silkscreens that hang nearby. I was just looking at some photos I took at the Armory and came across one Gerhardt Richter painting of an incredibly identical palette to the Hirst painting above (pink, red, yellow, green, blue). This seems to be as sheer happenstance as the infinite elements of chance in their painterly processes.

    Wishing you a pleasant and infinitely creative rest of the week,


  2. CD says:

    P.S. Oops, I misspelled Gerhard, one of the painters I admire the most.

  3. Dean says:

    Would love to have a Hirst over my bed!

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