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AN M. DE PHOCAS KIND OF EVENING

James Andrew - M. de Phocas evening set.

James Andrew – M. de Phocas evening set.

When dressing for a gala (like the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala we’ll be featuring in our next post), I prefer to stand out in the inevitable sea of black tuxedos. My thinking is, women get to have so much fun with dresses, gowns, and jewelry, why shouldn’t gentleman have a bit more fun creating fabulous formal ensembles?!

The fact is, I don’t even own a traditional tuxedo! Instead I opt for wonderful dinner jackets and/or select tuxedo shirts in gorgeous colors, perhaps a pale pink, mauve, or mint green one.

Beyond that — but no-less important — is the selection of an evening set: the detail that really gives men the opportunity to express their elegant individuality. My go-to resource has become M. de Phocas.

They are superb.

M. de Phocas evening set

M. de Phocas evening set

I consider them to be the modern day Vedura or Seaman Schepps. MdP gives an impossibly fresh and chic take on men’s and women’s accessories. With their exquisite eye, they are doing the most wonderfully whimsical things with their designs and materials. I highly suggest perusing their website or even better, go and meet with them to create something truly custom – I don’t think it gets any better than that.

M. de Phocas evening set

M. de Phocas evening set

For the aforementioned gala, I wore an M. de Phocas Art Deco Diamond evening set with a Tom Ford magenta silk ottoman cloth dinner jacket, white cotton voile tuxedo shirt and a black silk faille bow tie – my fragrance? Creed Original Cologne.

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ZAHA HADID 1000 MUSEUM PENTHOUSE

Zaha Hadid 1000 Museum Penthouse

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

Guy de Rougement “Nuage” tables

Tony Duquette console.

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

Grotto side chairs

Grotto chairs

Grotto chairs

 Jansen glass and steel chair


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

Jean Royere sofa

1960s Venini Chandelier

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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PONDERING PALM BEACH

A Palm Beach selfie.

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.

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