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Dinner with James Jean, Part 2
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Last Thursday night began at the Silverlens Gallery, where Nikki Luna and Zean Cabangis opened their two-man show called Shade My Eyes and I Can See You.

Nikki Luna and Ely Buendia
Nikki Luna gets a surprise visit from Ely Buendia

NIkki Luna
She showed drawers that had light boxes inside. (Photo: manilaartblogger.com)

Nikki Luna, Stephanie Kienle, Christian Gonzalez
Nikki with Stephanie Kienle and Christian Gonzalez

Daryl Chang, Pauline Juan, Eugene David, NIkki Luna
Daryl Chang, Pauline Juan, Eugene David, Nikki Luna

Hunger happened, so Grace, Len, Keri and I walked over to Terry’s next door where I had this ribeye

Terry's ribeye

At 9 PM, we went to our 2nd dinner with James Jean in this beautiful house. I rarely get floored by houses, and this one took my breath away because of all the space, high ceiling, and art.

Living room

The house was designed by the owner of the house. He is an architect trained in Barcelona, a businessman, and a serious collector of books and art.

Living room

But before I could see the rest of the house, I had to behave and sit down for dinner.
There was a bottle of shiraz designed by James Jean

A bottle of Shiraz by James Jean
James Jean bottle

James spoke art with Nikki Luna

James Jean and Nikki Luna

and showed us pieces from his jewelry collection

Ring by James Jean
James Jean rings

He signed my books

James Jean signs Kindling

And then we got a tour of the house. First, the massive two-story screening room/library

Screen

A spiral staircase in the back of the room leads to an upstairs

Art and stairs

where you can watch the same screen

Screen

There’s the balcony

Balcony

and a view of the pool

Swimming pool

More paintings on the second floor: an entire wall of Shepard Fairey

Paintings

You might recognize it by the style

Shepard Fairey

An original James Jean cover art

James Jean art

right next to the cover itself

James Jean cover

Here’s the view from the 2nd floor

View from the top
Paintings

What I liked most, besides the pool, was truly restroom. I wasn’t able to take a picture inside because my camera battery conked out at a most inconvenient time.
The owners shared they used mostly Domus furniture and Parador floors in their house.
Domus has a showroom on the Lower Ground Floor of Greenbelt 5. Must check this out again.
http://domus.com.ph/

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alvarotvv

What a great artist! I’ve learned from him about half a year ago and have been captivated by his style since. And the house! So much great art in it. I specially love the Yoshitaka Amano “Gatchaman” paintings, one of my favorite artists ever, and I even think there are some similarities between his work and James’. Thanks for sharing!

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joey__19

Amparito Lhuillier’s house and Kenneth Cobonpue’s are good houses though.

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joey__19

Nice big space but too much brown.. the carpet is too bushy, leather seats aren’t really very comfortable and they stink in time. Artworks are great but they’re placed too organized. Art is supposed to be taking your eyes to wander around not in a linear direction… the arrangement takes the art away from the artwork, and lacks personality and imagination.. nice balcony, i think it’s the nicest place because of the flooring.  I’m not a fan of that kind of wood flooring — too much brown, especially the wall reminds me of leandro locsin outdated design…  Looks expensive and… Read more »

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lusting after the design of the living space.. may bago na akong papangarapin!

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You know the scene in the Little Mermaid where Scuttle the Seagull’s jaw/beak drops when he sees Ariel with legs? That’s how I feel right now. Amazing house. I wish @daphneOP:twitter would feature it for Urban Zone, so we can see more of it.

I love the screening room/library/man cave. And the way they set up the screen, that’s it’s visible from both the 1st and 2nd levels is genius.

I also love how the Christmas decor was matched to the huge blue & white paintings in the living room.

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It was cool meeting James Jean 🙂 thank you

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HONGONDOH! *nakanganga kasi* LOL

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i love the photo of nikki and ely! two of my favorite artists. 🙂

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nikki luna Reply:

Graci! Grace 😉

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Graci! Grace 😉

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Speechless.  When I grow up i want a house just like that.

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britelite

jaw dropping!

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omnesia

Funny because at first glance, I thought the artworks were by modern Filipino artists. If none of those artworks are local… it’s nothing short of a (financial? logistical? customs?) miracle that they were able to transport them over here to the Phils.

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I’m rummaging around on the floor trying to retrieve my eyeballs. 

What. A. House!

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Ang pogi naman ni Christian Gonzales 🙂

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MK

I’ve had the biggest crush on the owner for years!!
p.s. nikki luna has the perfect weight..not skinny but sakto lang. I love her!

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nikki luna Reply:

Thank You 🙂 <3

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Thank You 🙂 <3

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I love the screening room. This is how I imagined my future screening room.

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chinabird

lovely art collection and what a lovely house!!!

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Sean Ang

Its a beautiful house but looks a bit lonely, don’t you think?

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CVS Reply:

nope. because they have a cute little baby 🙂

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Myla Merida

seriously,the art collection was superb to look at!and what a house to place it,too,as well!!

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