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WEEKEND WITH ROBERT COUTURIER

James Andrew - Couturier /  Morgan living room

James Andrew – Couturier / Morgan living room

When our exquisite friends, the illustrious designer Robert Couturier and his husband Jeffrey Morgan, invited us to spend a weekend with them at their most sublime home in Kent, we of course jumped at the opportunity. Visiting them in their Connecticut paradise is simply something that one should never ever pass up.

And it probably goes without saying (but we will) that our weekend visit was heavenly — superb company (and we’re including their adorable shih tzus in said company) the natural grounds, exquisite interiors, delicious food — all absolute perfection.

Robert Couturier and beloved shih tzus

Robert Couturier and beloved shih tzus

For your own vicarious getaway, do procure a copy of Robert Couturier: Designing Paradises. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the book really is a must-have — a master class, not only in interior design and architecture, but also in the art of living well.

Detail - Couturier / Morgan interior

Detail – Couturier / Morgan interior

I’m photographed (top) dressed in my own on version of country chic lounging in the Couturier / Morgan living room. I’m sporting a Paul Stuart Scottish cashmere sweater coat, Tom Ford grey cashmere turtleneck sweater, Gucci wool/cotton check pants,Tom Ford era Gucci black suede loafers, vintage Rolex, cashmere silk foulard print scarf from Eric Kipp, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Oud.

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SAVE THE FRICK GARDEN

James Andrew in the Russell Page garden - photo by Lars Stephan

James Andrew in the Russell Page garden – photo by Lars Stephan

Many of our WIJW readership will be aware that I’ve been a strong supporter of the Frick Collection over the years, and I’ve encouraged our readership to visit and support the Frick through membership, galas, and their many other events as well.

Needless to say when I found out that the Frick was planning to destroy their Russell Page Viewing Garden and John Barrington Bayley Pavilion, to build a rather hideous extension, I was outraged. I think it is safe to say that the late Bunny Mellon, a Frick board member who first suggested that Page be enlisted to design the garden, would not be very pleased either. In fact, we’re quite happy with the way things are, thank you.

The Frick garden is a rare jewel (one of only two publicly accessible Page gardens in the US by the way) — it’s an absolutely integral part of the museum-house experience — a serene oasis in the chaotic city, designed as a living work of art to be admired from both the street and the pavilion (which sadly is also on the proposed chopping block). If you haven’t been to the garden, please go. If you’ve already been, then you know what I’m talking about. Its destruction would be a true tragedy.

Thankfully many, including Henry Clay Frick’s great granddaughter, Martha Frick Symington Sanger, and others like the esteemed landscape designer Madison Cox, have united to block the proposed wonton destruction. And this is where you, my lovely WIJW reader, come in. Visit unitetosavethfrick.org to add your name. Write and tell us you’ve done it, we’d love to hear from you!

For an in depth and well-reasoned treatment on the subject, go to the New York Times writer Michael Kimmelman’s The Case Against a Mommoth Frick Collection Addition.

We’ve revived a photograph by the brilliant photographer, Lars Stephan. It’s a capture of me at the Bayley pavilion in the Russell Page Viewing Garden that we used in one of our first of many WIJW pieces promoting the Frick. A Jay Gatsby inspired ensemble, I’m wearing a Gucci ivory cotton pin stripe suit, Charvet mint green and white striped cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, Seaman Schepps aquamarine and diamond cuff links, Charvet lavender silk tie, Tom Ford lavender glen plaid cotton pocket square, Cartier Tank Divan watch, black,white and silver leather loafers and my fragrance Creed Royal Water.

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ALEXIS ZAMBRANO – INTERIOR ARTSCAPES

Alexis Zambrano and James Andrew - photo Boris Glamocanin

Alexis Zambrano and James Andrew – photo Boris Glamocanin

Always on the prowl for the best art for my clients (and having a lifelong interest myself) I’m always thrilled to make studio visits. We recently spent some time with my exquisite friend, Alexis Zambrano to get a preview of the works going into an upcoming solo exhibition entitled, Interior Artscapes.

Zambrano, as you might recall, co-founded M. de Phocas, the glorious line of men’s accessories that we’ve often featured on WIJW. As a young boy growing up in the cosmopolitan Monterrey Mexico, Zambrano developed an intense interested in both collecting and making art. By the age of twelve, he was apprenticing with the likes of artists Aldo Chaparro, Juan Torres, and Ximena Subercasaux. He went on to earn his BFA in architectural design from the esteemed Parsons The New School for Design here in NYC. Soon after, he co-found the mens’ accessories line, M. de Phocas, applying his considerable skills toward designing men’s jewelry, but he has always kept his hand in the fine arts as well, which brings us to his fabulous artwork. Here Zambrano’s palette is in fact a collection of all that he loves — a catalog of carefully curated imagery gleaned from auction and antiques catalogs that he reinterprets in an array of materials. There’s a wonderful reciprocity of disciplines in his work, with contrasts of scale and image that hearken back to the Surrealists’ pioneering experiments in collage, and later in the modernist collage aesthetic as seen in the works of artists like Rosenquist and Salle. Each of Zambrano’s works is a gem — a shrine of sorts to a highly personal, refined, and developed aesthetic.

Zambrano’s premier solo exhibition “Interior Atscapes” is destined to be a huge success with many of his works having pre-sold. Stay tuned for follow-up coverage of the gala/opening which will be held at the Burden James Mansion here in town — it promises to be an elegant affair for one of the most elegant young men I know!

lexis Zambrano and James Andrew - photo Boris Glamocanin

Alexis Zambrano and James Andrew – photo Boris Glamocanin

For our post here, we were photographed by the brilliant artist and photographer Boris Glamocanin at Zambrano’s studio. In homage to my young artist friend, I’m dressed in a Tom Ford charcoal tweed jacket with brown suede elbow patches, Turnbull and Asser red mini tartan cotton shirt with contrast white color and cuffs, antique Scottish agate cuff links, Ralph Lauren wool tartan tie and pocket square, black watch wool pant by Paul Smith, Tom Ford brown leather belt with rose gold buckle and brown suede lace ups with brown crocodile cap toes, vintage Rolex, and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Portugal.

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