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Parco dei Principi

James Andrew at Parco dei Principi

James Andrew at Parco dei Principi

Since its inception in 1962 the Parco dei Principi has been providing guests with a truly unique architecture-as-art experience. Set on the grounds of an eighteenth century property that has been owned by the Bourbon Royal family as well as a cousin to the Russian Tsars, it’s no wonder the Parco commands such a spectacular position high above the azure ocean below. Furthermore, it is a testament to Ponti’s sensitivity to place and history that he has retained so many architectural and landscape elements from this royal legacy – In Ponti’s words “.. for life to be great and full we have to combine the past with the future..”

Parco dei Principi

Parco dei Principi

Parco dei Principi

Parco dei Principi

The Parco is a symphony of blue and white – everywhere one looks Ponti references the sky and sea. Working with the tile company D’Agostino of Salerno, Ponti produced thirty different designs that could be utilized in a multitude of combinations to create both a cohesive overall palette while lending each of the hundred rooms their own uniquely patterned floor.

Parco dei Principi

Parco dei Principi

In the dining room and lounge Ponti worked with celebrated ceramicist Fausto Melotti to create modernist majolica style tiles to adorn the walls – another expression of Ponti’s willingness to blur the lines between art and architecture – and it is not surprising – after all, Ponti himself was not only one of the twentieth centurie’s most influential architects but he was also a noted poet, painter, industrial designer, and writer!

Parco dei Principi

Parco dei Principi

More on this masterpiece to come!

Parco dei Principi

Parco dei Principi

I’m pictured a top on our balcony admiring an unbelievable view of Vesuvius and I’m wearing a Tom Ford long sleeve polo shirt in royal blue toweling and leather sandals, white cotton shorts by Mario Matteo from Behavior NYC, sunglasses KVA for Oliver Peoples, Cartier “Tank Divan” from Raj Tolaram and my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

11 Comments

  1. DeanFarris says:

    James,

    A great photograph of a handsome man in front of a killer view ! What could be better ? I like the blouson very much, and am enjoying learning about the famous Mr. Ponti.

    Dean in Naples

  2. Kelly says:

    James,
    you compliment the balcony so well! Your polo is beautiful.
    Was Nigel able to make the trip? I hope he is doing well.

  3. David says:

    Fabulous James, white and blue is absolutely classic.

  4. Crystal says:

    You fit perfectly in that room! Stunning mosaic walls to die for. Never a boring wall there – just fantastic! And I’d like to say that I’m in love with the chair at the bottom of the post.

    cheers!

  5. Love it. You need a scratch-n-sniff so we can smell your delicious cologne. Creed is the best.

  6. Irina says:

    Breathtaking view! Beautiful interior design!

    and of course great outfit đŸ™‚

  7. James Andrew says:

    Thank You all for your fab comments and feedback.

    Sadly I did not take Nigel on this jaunt, I think he was happier to stay home.

    đŸ˜‰

  8. Alison says:

    Desperate to know more about the leather sandals- Gucci? Tom Ford? what season? Thanks!

  9. This modernist hotel is just beautiful. I think it is unfortunate that so many buildings and interiors from the 60s and 70s no longer exist because they had to be updated (changed for the sake of change). I think we should learn something from this. What a rare experience to see such and outstanding example of 1960s design intact. Your photos, text and outfits are just terrific. Thanks!

  10. B says:

    What a view! See is so inspring and it is what you were with that wonderful outfit!

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