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ALLISON HENNESSY AND THE LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD SPRING GALA

James Andrew at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Spring Gala

James Andrew at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Spring Gala – photo by Annie Watt

The Lenox Hill Gala is one of those must-attend events, benefiting a worthy cause and celebrating one of my favorite decorative art forms, i.e., the table setting!

I was more than thrilled and delighted to be invited by my fellow interior designer and blogger, the lovely and super chic Allison Hennessy – her terrific table setting was unquestionably one of the highlights of the evening, and it was complimented by THE most divine and delicious collection of dinner guests. In fact, this year’s gala was a real standout, with all involved rising to the occasion to produce some truly ravishing results.

Allison Hennessy's table

Allison Hennessy’s table

My other faves included:

Table by Creel and Gow-photo credit the Quintessence-Blog

Table by Creel and Gow -photo credit: the Quintessence blog

Table by Hernandez and Greene

Table by Hernandez and Greene

Thank You, Allison!

Thank You, Allison!

I’m pictured (top) at this elegant and festive evening, wearing my favorite Tom Ford magenta silk ottoman cloth dinner jacket, white cotton voile tuxedo shirt, black wool barethea evening trousers, black and white silk pocket square, black patent opera pumps with black evening hose, a spectacular diamond evening set by M. de Phocas and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne. A touch of Tom Ford bronzing gel for a bit of a sun kissed glow.

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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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