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SEBASTIAN ERRAZURIZ

Sebastian Errazuriz an James Andrew

Sebastian Errazuriz and James Andrew

We had the great pleasure of meeting with the Chilean-born artist Sebastian Errazuriz at his Brooklyn studio recently (Robert Couturier introduced us a few months ago, and having been quite captivated by the artist, we’d been itching to see his work in person). We also do love to hear of inspirational lives, and Errazuriz’s certainly fits the bill.

A Church of One – Sebastian Errazuriz

A Church of One – Sebastian Errazuriz

“I don’t know where the line is between art and design” says Errazuriz. The fact is, he seamlessly blends both worlds — the functional and the poetic, a talent that caught Sotheby’s eye early on in Errazuriz’s career while the auction house was looking for exceptional 20th century Latin designers. Of course this sort of talent had been honed from a very young age — Errazuriz recounts his father, ( a respected art professor), required a 5 year old Errazuriz to have a working art historical and critical knowledge of a visiting Turner exhibition! It seems the stars were aligned from the start, and in his teens and twenties, Errazuriz made a rather meteoric assent in Chile — from art and design columnist to television host to celebrated art activist (of particular note was his Tree Memorial at the national soccer stadium to honor those many who suffered under the oppressive Pinochet dictatorship).

Magistral Cabinet - Sebastian Errazuriz

Magistral Cabinet – Sebastian Errazuriz

Though having spent much of his money on public art projects in Chile, the young artist set his sights on NYC, and it’s not surprising that he was offered scholarships both at NYU AND Columbia! After receiving his Masters at NYU, Erraziz set up a studio, and soon gained representation at the prestigious Christina Grajales Gallery here in NYC and also later with Salon 94.

The-Samurai-Cabinet-Sebastian-Errarzuriz

The-Samurai-Cabinet-Sebastian-Errarzuriz

And what of the future? “I work hard and fast,” he tells us. “If I consider the work done to date and consider another four decades of work, I hope to be looking at a giant exhibition with over 15.000 drawings, 1500 maquettes, and some 1500 major works of different kind. Add some 75 large scale Public art interventions; all in all its my little illustrated encyclopedia of how the world can be looked at again differently by everyone.”

Needless to say, we’ll be watching with bated breath! Do take a moment to peruse his website meetsebastian.com and his Instagram feed: @sebastianstudio

For our studio visit picture (top) we’re seated in front of Errazuriz’s monumental work entitled Blow Me. I’m sporting a Tom Ford camel cashmere silk jacket with suede elbow patches, lavender and white striped cotton Oxford cloth shirt, purple wool knit tie, vintage orange and purple silk plaid pocket square, Mackintosh brown micro corduroy down vest, pearl cuff links, Polo Ralph Lauren purple cotton corduroy pants and purple alligator belt with sterling buckle, Etro orange suede tasseled loafers, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Windsor — a bit of Tom Ford bronzing gel for a mid winter touch of sun.

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PUPPY LOVE

James Andrew and puppies

James Andrew, Pogo, and Bean

Some of my friends welcomed the most wonderful whippet puppies, Pogo and Bean, into their family. The pups are just 12 weeks old and quite a handful! Needless to say they bring back fond memories of my late Rupert when he was a puppy (my other Whippet, Nigel, was a rescue and so he was almost a year old when he first came into my life). It has been over four years now since losing my exquisite furry friends, and I do still so miss them. It was so wonderful to spend some time with these adorable little whippet puppies above, though, with their boundless energy and love, and it has me looking forward to welcoming a pair into my own home at some point in the future!

Taking in some puppy love, I’m sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool/silk tweed jacket with brown suede elbow patches, slate grey wool/cashmere flannel pants and brown suede tasseled loafers, Tom Ford era Gucci shocking pink silk turtleneck sweater, Etro silk paisley scarf, vintage brown silk pocket square, vintage Rolex, gray down vest by Hawke & Co. and my fragrance is Creed Vintage Tabarome.

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THE DRAWING ROOM

Drawing-room-cover

I have a rather modest living room but I often cheekily refer to it as my gracious drawing room. It’s not too much of a stretch to say though really — the space is actually quite a pleasing room for hosting honored guests — an attractive place for drinks and treats before and/or after dinner which is, after all, what any gracious drawing room should be! Wherever you yourselves might formally entertain, I have no doubt that you’ll be inspired by Rizzoli’s rich new tome, The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration, by Jeremy Musson (former Architectural Editor of the super chic Country Life magazine among other things). Julian Fellowes (you’ll know him as the creator of Downton Abbey) aptly describes it as “…a ravishing study of more than thirty drawing rooms from many of our greatest houses, which shows us just what important chambers they have been and still are.” The book is a thoroughly enjoyable history lesson in English decorating from the 16th century to the present day, and many of these rooms were created by design legends like David Hicks, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, and David Mlinaric to name just a few.

The Yellow Room, Nancy Lancaster

The Yellow Room, Nancy Lancaster

The Temple

The Temple

The Grove, David Hicks

The Grove, David Hicks

Stanway House

Stanway House

Althorp

Althorp

Aynhoe Park

Aynhoe Park

Sure to be useful in planning and creating your own perfect drawing room, The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration is another must-have addition to any well appointed library!

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