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— The AFE Art Antiques Interiors Fair will take place for the very first time in London. The fair will play host to a fantastic line-up of 150 dealers and celebrity speakers, with thousands of diverse exhibits for sale including a strong selection of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and 20th Century contemporary art and design. One Western Gateway, E16; antiquesforeveryone.co.uk

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— The world’s leading contemporary ceramic art fair returns with an artist-led showcase from over 90 creators. This year welcomes back renowned makers such as Akiko Hirai and James Hake, as well as first-timers and rising stars. The natural world is a recurring motif with primal sculpture taking centre stage. 1 Granary Square, N1C; ceramicartlondon.com

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— Collect offers an unrivalled opportunity to see and buy exceptional contemporary craft. The event profiles the brilliant skill behind modern craft from works in ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles, as well as a fantastic showcase of non-traditional materials and experimental techniques. Duke of York’ss Headquarters, SW3 saatchigallery.com

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gone away. The high quality ceramics with their simple, practical shapes and the high-shine glaze of the colourful Moomin motifs make the pieces highly collectible – and the limited edition ranges particularly so. The Moomin-themed Easter extravaganza at Kew Gardens is an exciting interactive trail exploring the hidden depths of the gardens, passing vibrant displays of fritillaries, camassias and tulips, and culminating at a magical Moomin Camp in the wild woodland of the Conservation Area. On the Moomin trail, children will be able to get creative at interactive points along the way and visitors might even snatch a glimpse of the Moomintrolls through the trees. Sophia Jansson, creative director of Moomin Characters and niece of Tove Jansson, said: “All of the inhabitants of Moominvalley possess a deep love and respect for nature, from the Hemulens who spend their time collecting plants or butterflies to the adventurous Snufkin, whose music is inspired by the landscape around him. So we couldn’t be happier to be working with the team at Kew to inspire a similar love of nature.” • Adventures in Moominland continues at the Royal Festival Hall until 23 April. Book tickets at southbankcentre.co.uk or call 020 7960 4200 • The Moomins Easter Adventure comes to Kew Gardens from 1 to 17 April. kew.org

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he Design Museum's new home in Kensington High Street is the result of an £83 million transformation of the listed yet long negelected Commonwealth Institute. Acclaimed architect John Pawson remodelled the interior of the Grade II* listed building in a project that increases the museum’s size threefold, enabling a significantly extended learning programme and a greater range of exhibitions. For the first time in the museum’s history it now has a free permanent display of its collection. Designer Maker User tells the story of contemporary design through these three interconnected roles. A wall at the gallery's entrance features some of the world’s most popular affordable consumer goods, crowdsourced from the public via the museum’s website, and these include familiar items ranging from Converse trainers to the Tripp Trapp chair via a citrus press, a skateboard and a toy telephone. Highlights of the collection include the Vespa Clubman designed by Corradino d’Ascanio and made

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by Piaggio, Ettore Sottsass and Perry King’s Valentine typewriter for Olivetti, Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert’s British road signs, the Sony TPS L2 Walkman designed by Nobutoshi Kihara, the Obama ‘Progress’ poster by Shepard Fairey, the GRiD ‘Compass’ – the first laptop computer by Bill Moggridge, Mikhail Kalashnikov’s AK47 assault rifle and Ossie Clarke and Celia Birtwell’s Paper dress. The first temporary exhibition from the museum’s Chief Curator, Justin McGuirk, is Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World. Featuring a series of newly commissioned installations, Fear and Love is an insight into our hopes and doubts about the pace and impact of change. The Designs of the Year show will return in its ninth year. The museum has forged significant partnerships with Vitra, whose furniture will be used throughout the museum’s public spaces and office areas; and with Phaidon, who will publish books to accompany the museum’s major exhibitions, as well as a new guide to and history of the museum. Studio Myerscough is designing the Designer Maker User permanent display and the museum’s visual identity has been enhanced by Fernando Gutiérrez Studio. Cartlidge Levene are creating the wayfinding and signage system. The museum’s recently relaunched multi-award winning website was created with Fabrique, in a year which also saw the Design Museum become the most followed museum in the world on Twitter.

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The new building includes the Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, Bakala Auditorium, Sackler Library and Archive and a Designers in Residence Studio, which opened with a showcase of the work of the 2016 Designers in Residence, who are due to be announced this spring. There is also a café, restaurant, and members’ room. Deyan Sudjic, director of the museum, said: ‘This move redefines the Design Museum as the most inspiring, exciting and engaging contemporary design and architecture museum in the world, with 10,000sqm of space, and a target of 650,000 visitors each year. Design is the way to ask questions about what technology is doing to us, to explore how the world will look and work as well as to define new aesthetic approaches. The museum will have a challenging programme that encourages new work and new thinking, and the touring, digital and publications programme will take the message around the world."

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TO THE LETTER Jay Letter Board — Stuck for words? There are few better ways to communicate than this vintage letter board. Write memos to yourself or notes to your family and prepare for hours of fun. £45, magpieline.com

Greener cleaner Tincture — New British brand Tincture creates all-natural cleaning products for the home. Using active botanical ingredients and essential oils, these beautifully packaged products look stylish and smell herby fresh while delivering impressive results. tincturelondon.com

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Ÿ 223 Brompton Road, SW3 kartell.com

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Into the warm

Bisque’s radiators are both beautiful and practical, a combination that didn’t exist when they started nearly four decades ago. Now they have been voted one of the nation’s Coolbrands for three years running. bisque.co.uk

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u-shaped, bent wood seat back as well six turned spindles and supportive armrests. Not only does it provide a comfortable sit but it looks beautiful too. The design exudes elegance with its clean lines and soft curved edges, the ideal addition to your dining table. The chair bow is steam bent from a single straight ash rail into this amazingly tight radius bend and then sanded and shaped to give its subtle and elegant profile. ercol.com

early 1920s through to today, Ercol has worked with craftsmen, manufacturers and retailers to create and extend the ercol furniture collection to the widest audience. The brand has become synonymous with great design combined with functionality and a strong British design heritage. Today’s designs are created within its design studio in Princes Risborough in the English Chiltern Hills. Most furniture is made by craftsmen in ercol’s Buckinghamshire factory. Today's Quaker armchair is still for sale in the same design. It encompasses a tall

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Add a little nature into your living space with this tree-smattered design from heritage wallpaper specialists, Cole & Son. This beautiful design repurposes artwork from 1950s, giving it a modern edge. Cole & Son, New Contemporary Woods, £POA; cole-and-son.com

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Featuring candyfloss clouds and swooping cranes, this dreamy wallpaper from Harlequin works best in the bedroom. Team with gold and glass accents to keep things light and airy and use sparingly – there is such a thing as too much pink. Harlequin, Cranes in flight, £POA; harlequin.uk.com

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Inspired by 1940s art deco, this retro offering from Farrow & Ball is a subtle way to introduce pattern into your home. Farrow & Ball, Arcade, £POA; farrow-ball.com

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Styled after the marbled endpaper found in antique hardback books, this pattern looks best when paired with simple, midcentury modern furniture. Designers Guild, Delahaye in slate, £59; designersguild.com

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Allow a little Arabic influence into your home with this wallpaper named for the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada. The bold, geometric pattern echoes the past while the turqoise colour keeps it contemporary. Fired Earth, Alhambra Palace, £50; firedearth.com

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This Parisian print is not one for fans of minimalism. Lush, busy and bursting with life, Pampa by Pierre Frey summons up sunny climes and exotic travels. Our advice with this particular wallpaper? Dare to clash. Pierre Frey, Pampa, £POA; pierrefrey.com

CALM IT

This imitation marble print promises ‘serenity and peace-of-mind’ making it an ideal addition to the master bathroom. Murals Wallpaper, Marblised papers, £25 per m2; muralswallpaper.com

OUT OF INDIA

Blossom trees and sari-clad women festoon this grayscale wallpaper from Osborne & Little. Although an intricate and detailed design, the lack of colour makes this the perfect backdrop for exuberant furnishings. Osborne & Little, Pavilion Garden, £POA; osborneandlittle.com

PARADISE FOUND

If you want to transform your bedroom into a tropical paradise, you'll struggle to find better than Alicia de Costa's Toucan Wallpaper. Hand-drawn with great attention to detail, you half expect it to come to life. Alicia de Costa, Toucan Wallpaper, £125; graduatecollection.co.uk

CHILD LIKE

One for the kids, Ferm Living's simple wigwam motif is charming and original. It also has the benefit of being printed on WallSmart wallpaper making it extra easy to put up. Ferm Living, Native wallpaper, £65; nunido.co.uk

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Colum(n) stool, £1,280 novaobjecta.com

FRAMA Geometric cone shade, brass, POA conranshop.co.uk

BD BARCELONA ‘Monkey’ side table, £3,000 + VAT, by Jaime Hayón; bdbarcelona.com

INDERA Clod chair by Bart Lens, £POA indera.bew

LAMBERT & FILS Laurent suspension lamp, £POA lambertetfils.com

BRAMWELL BROWN ‘London Weather Clock’, £295 (small), £395 (large) bramwellbrown.com

NICHETTO STUDIO Zodiac modular shelving, from £88 zaozuo.com

BUSTER + PUNCH ‘Hooked’ wall light, from £240 available exclusively from johnlewis.com

ANOUSKA HEMPEL AND LAPICIDA Large deep bowl in Thassos White, £1,050 lapicida.com

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SØREN NISSEN & EBBE GEHL Corian and walnut cabinet, £2,720 conranshop.co.uk

BRITISH LIBRARY London chess set, £95 shop.bl.uk

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Mother of Invention Marcel Wanders has a long tradition of designing for Alessi but his new Circus collection is his best yet. Here he discusses art, design and functionality with HOME Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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ou can tell that Marcel Wanders is an internationally famed designer just by looking at him. He cuts an impressive presence, taller than everyone else in the room, with flamboyant grey hair and a quick, authoritative manner. He has a Northern European philosophical slant to his conversation, which leads him to answer questions in ways that I’m not quite expecting. We are at Harrods, here to discuss his ongoing collaboration with Italian design house Alessi and the newly launched Circus collection, about which he is very excited. Wanders’ relationship with Alessi goes back a long way and takes in about 160 pieces over the last eight years at the higher quality end of the range, the ceramic and stainless steel end, not the bright plastic selection. ‘Alessi has a wonderful heritage,’ he asserts. ‘Throughout the 80s and the 90s you could walk into an Alessi store, pick something blind,

“Functionality is important for things we don’t care about, like vacuum cleaners” take it to a wedding and everybody would be happy.’ The collaborative nature of their relationship is integral. ‘Design companies don’t tell designers what to do – they listen to designers. Of course it’s a collaboration, and there’s a lot of talking, but in the end we make what we want to make. If the designer is the mother and the company is the father, well, you want to make babies that the father recognises once they’re there, right? Because then the father will take better care of them. It’s all connected, so we designers try to find fathers who are worthwhile.’ It’s an undeniably compelling analogy. Anyway, Wanders was always certain that in working with Alessi and its impressive rosta of collaborators, he wanted to be special. ‘I never wanted to be designer number 744 who does an egg cup,’ he asserts. Who wouldn’t want better things for their babies?

The new collection, Circus, is a success he says because even though neither he nor Alessi has ever done anything similar, it’s still immediately identifiable as a collaboration between them. ‘We have really found an area where both can give what they have to give,’ he says. The circus theme, although it could easily have arisen from Alessi’s tradition of characters and quirky figures, comes instead from Wanders’ newly developed (though secret) method of combining colour with stainless steel. They worked on the new technology first and once they’d perfected it, set about thinking of something to use it for. ‘So we were looking for something that would allow the combination of bright colour with steel and we thought of the circus, with all the nostalgia, the characters and the misfits.

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‘They never did something like this. We never did something like this. But when you put it out there you can tell very clearly that it’s us.’ The range comprises 29 pieces of tableware, including trays, bowls, an ice bucket, a wine cooler and various containers, as well as a limited edition collection of five curiosities: a jester corkscrew, a strongman nutcracker, a ballerina music box, a ringmaster bell and a candyman sweet dispenser, each of them sold in numbered editions of 999. Which one is Wanders’ favourite? It’s not a question he takes favourably to. ‘Favourites are complicated. It’s like asking which is my favourite child. Even if you know you won’t tell, right?’ But today, this morning, he’s preferring the ballerina, which he’s just chosen as a gift for a friend’s baby. ‘I see that girl in 20 years in her school dorm with that thing next to her.’ The ballerina is a music box and the jester is a corkscrew – and I am expecting him to enthuse about the functionality of his pieces. But on the contrary, he’s quite dismissive about functionality altogether and becomes quite animated. ‘It’s a very overqualified idea. To explain design with functional criteria is ridiculous. Our functionality is not extremely relevant to the piece, which for a lot of designers is not something they would want to admit. Functionality is important for things we don’t care about, like vacuum cleaners. Nobody even wants a vacuum cleaner, they just want a clean house. If you make a vacuum cleaner and it doesn’t work then that’s terrible because functionality is the foundation – but having a foundation doesn’t make a thing good. It’s not enough. There are houses that need foundations, but dream castles in the air that can do without them.’

“Maybe all that body of work is not a perfect mirror of who I am as a person”

His views on the relationship between art and design are similarly robust. ‘Art affects a few people in a very deep way, design a lot of people in a light way,’ he says. As both an artist and a designer, the two worlds are very clearly separate for him. ‘The message of an artwork is different from the message of a design piece. It makes a different connection to the world. In design, my message is about my trust in the world, it’s about giving, sharing, community. But having done that for 25 years, I started to see that maybe all that body of work is not a perfect mirror of who I am as a person and I wanted to express different ideas. My fears, my anger, my disappointment in myself and others. That started a different, more intimate conversation about things I don’t want on the back of a cornflakes packet.’ In essence, design is cheerful while art is not. It’s a clear definition. The Alessi spokesperson at his side interjects to point out that the limited edition pieces in the Circus collection are also art pieces, but Wanders won’t have it. ‘It’s very easy to say that if we make a chair in a lower quantity and with more careful production then it’s art, but it’s not. The things I make which I call art have a very different meaning and importance. They have something different to say.’ If Wanders is the mother of his works, he’s definitely a Tiger Mother, ambitious, strong and fierce. And his future projects? ‘I’d love to do an opera at the Met,’ he says. Doesn’t the Tiger Mother always achieve her aim? alessi.com/circus

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Thistle Gold and Thistle Pewter, Hand knotted Tibetan wool and silk, 2.74x1.83m £6,518 or £1,300/m2

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RUG Vivienne Westwood’s new handknotted rugs for The Rug Company have an illustrative quality. HOME admires the collection

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Vivienne Westwood’s latest collection for The Rug Company combines her quintessentially bold designs with her deep sense of heritage. Her constant references to traditional British motifs are subverted and reinvented to create thoroughly modern and decorative designs. Westwood has a long standing association with Scotland and their traditional fabrics such as Harris Tweed, wools and plaids. In 1993 Westwood produced her own tartan called ‘MacAndreas’, named after her husband and design partner, Andreas Kronthaler. The Thistle rug is a gesture to Vivienne’s affinity with Scotland. An abstract graphic of the regal milk thistle, Scotland’s national emblem is hand knotted with fine silk yarns on a Tibetan wool background. The design is available in muted dusty rose with gold and dove grey with gunmetal, the silk yarns lending the thistle motifs a captivating iridescence.

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Moiré is a traditional fabric technique historically used by Westwood on grand silk taffeta ball gowns and velvet suiting, in solid colours to create a fluid water like movement. For a contemporary feel, Vivienne uses the traditional Moiré motif on the rug with high contrasting shades of soft black and natural white, blown up to maximise the monochrome effect, creating a statement piece. Reminiscent of an English rose garden in full bloom, Vivienne’s Rose print with its wide open buds and micro detailed thorn stems has a botanical illustrative like quality, painted using a soft aquarelle watercolour technique. The details in Vivienne’s Rose are emphasised by careful blending of the hand spun yarns of Tibetan wool, which are then knotted by hand into a rug. The design has also been translated into a finely hand woven tapestry cushion, available in two colourways, blushed ruby red and dusky plum. The Vivienne Westwood collection is available exclusively from The Rug Company showrooms. Each piece has been woven entirely by hand by craftsmen using the age-old weaving techniques and the finest natural yarns for which The Rug Company is renowned. therugcompany.com

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ESTATE OF MIND A new book offers a rare insight into life inside the Barbican Estate Photography A N TO N R O D R I G U E Z

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espite the current revival of Brutalism, the Barbican estate fiercely divides opinion to this day. It was granted Grade-II-listed status in 2001 and in 2003 topped a poll of London's ugliest buildings. People either love it or hate it. The Barbican's creation was driven not by a desire for fame and fortune but by an aspiration to bring a better way of life to most British people. Even the smallest flats are spacious and light – and complemented by culturally vibrant community spaces, such as the arts centre, lending library and waterside cafe. Its success is less about what it's like to look at and more about what it's like to live in. Inside, space is both efficiently optimised – with sliding doors, mezzanine levels and compact kitchens designed by boat-builders – and yet gloriously 'wasted' with doubleheight spaces, barrel-vaulted bedrooms and functionless alcoves, which, as the architects put it, were "only included for delight". 50

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Inside the iconic Barbican estate – a photographic study by photographer and Barbican resident Anton Rodriguez, with introduction by Katie Treggiden. Barbican Books, £30

Every detail has been considered, from handles that fold into doors, enabling them to sit flush to the wall, to doubleaccess cupboards that allow deliveries to be made without disturbing residents. Today, the Barbican estate is home to approximately 4,000 people (half the population of the City of London), but such is the privacy of the estate that speculation abounds about what goes on behind its closed doors. What do the flats look like inside? Do listings regulations really protect the bathplugs? Who lives there – have the original residents stayed into their dotage, or is the estate once again full of the young professionals for whom it was originally designed? Are the interiors slavishly Modernist, or have people stamped their own personalities on them? For such an iconic complex that looms so large on London's skyline, relatively little is known about life inside.

“I cannot imagine living anywhere else in London any more. Once you move to, and experience, the Barbican… you never leave” OLIVIER PIDOUX

is a language tutor, teaching French to adults and has lived in the Barbican for thirteen years.

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VIFA Helsinki bluetooth speaker, £299, skandium.com

B&O Beoplay A2, £299 beoplay.com

LEXON Fine speaker, £50.74 madeindesign.co.uk

KREAFUNK aGlow portable speaker, £99 kreafunk.com

RUARK AUDIO Ruark R2, £399 ruarkaudio.com

DAVIDE GROPPI PoPuP wireless speaker lamp, £611, shop.mohd.it

SAMSUNG Wireless speaker bottle, £64 samsung.com

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I N TH E W H ITE H O U S E John Pawson’s famously minimalist style sets the stage for the Design Museum’s new home in the former Commonwealth Institute building Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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“I went to Japan and thought I’d become a Buddhist monk, but I came back to study architecture instead”

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or someone famously on a mission to eliminate things that most people see as harmless necessities, such as skirting boards, taps and doorhandles, John Pawson is surprisingly unfussy and reassuringly relaxed. You might think that the architect known for his minimalist expanses of white stone (“comfort doesn’t have to be a squishy sofa”) would be similarly spartan in his conversation, but in person Pawson is chatty, often veering off at tangents. We are in his Kings Cross office, which is all clean white lines and concrete but just as full of papers, books and clutter as if it wasn’t the office of a minimalist architect. Not that he’s hugely keen on the word minimalist. People always need to find a label, he sighs, but his trademark style is about pure, uninterrupted spaces. His Notting Hill house, for instance (not a typical architect’s choice, he says, with its lack of lateral space and tall, thin proportions) is virtually empty inside, no furniture to speak of, everything hidden away in cupboards so as not to pollute its plain stone serenity. “We recently got a sofa because my wife wanted one,” smiles Pawson, who is perfectly aware of most people’s desire for a sofa in a sitting room, but doesn’t share it in the slightest. “People seem to want to flop and lie down these days, which isn’t how it used to be.” Probably he prefers to perch on a stone pew that’s part of the buildings fundament. Comfort is one of Pawson’s main priorities, but more a spiritual kind of comfort than the cushiony kind.

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employs around 25 people and is full of files. Still, he doesn’t quite see himself as the established figure he is. “You think you’ll go on forever when you’re doing something you love, but your body changes as you get older.” He doesn’t look his age, but claims to have become more diplomatic and a better listener since his youth. Thus, probably, the final caving on the sofa front. Pawson’s own west London house is much-photographed for its impossibly spartan paleness, its seamless junction between house and garden and its total lack of furniture apart from structural-looking stone surfaces. Where’s all his stuff? Of course there’s stuff in cupboards, but the urge to aquire objects that’s almost universally shared is entirely missing in Pawson’s life. His two sons, he says, scatter friends and guitars all over the place and he seems fairly tolerant of that. I didn’t used to have books, but then every project started to bring books with it and now there are nearly 2,000 in the office. None at home? Fiction at home. In cupboards, naturally. With the museum now open, Pawson has become a household name in the design world. Still, he’s enormously modest. He enjoys talking about himself, he says, because “normally people don’t listen to me.” Of course they do, though.

Comfort is one of Pawson’s main priorities, but more a spiritual kind of comfort than the cushiony kind

John Pawson is the architect behind the Design Museum’s new home in the Grade II* listed former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington High Street. This is his first major commission for a public building in the UK. Other prominent commissions include the Sackler Crossing at Kew Gardens, the new Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic and Calvin Klein's flagship store in New York, as well as countless private houses in London and elsewhere. So what started it all off? Pawson grew up in Halifax, Yorkshire, and worked in his father’s textile business for a while. Secretly he always wanted to be an architect, though it took him a long time to admit it. “I always knew that some spaces felt good, comfortable and others didn’t. I went to Japan and thought I’d become a Buddhist monk, but on the advice of [Japanese architect] Shiro Kuramata, I came back to study architecture. And then it just grew. For years I resisted having an office or files – but now look,” he says, gesturing around the big office, which

Moritzkirche, Augsburg, Germany, 2013

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P A P E R C H A S E In her London studio, wallpaper designer Marthe Armitage reveals the methods behind her beautiful hand-painted designs Words P E A R L B OY D

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arthe Armitage has long been quietly dominating the UK interiors scene with her sought after, natureinspired wallpaper designs. This year she has teamed up with another designer who shares not only her vision and skill but also her name. Joe Armitage, Marthe’s grandson, has inherited his grandmother’s eye for design and utilised it in producing the Armitage Lamp. First imagined by his grandfather Edward in 1952 while living in India, it has now been recreated with Marthe providing exclusive hand-printed shades for the Armitage Lamp gift set. We spoke to Marthe about her designs and how she first got started in the world of printing and interiors.

PEARL BOYD: Can you tell us how about how you began your career? MARTHE ARMITAGE: I still call myself an artist. I began my career as a painter. I went to Chelsea School of Art. We had won the war and it was a wonderful time to be there because all those great painters, like Picasso and Matisse, were still alive and working. Soon after I left art school I got married had children and moved to India for two years. After they were born it became almost impossible to paint but I didn’t stop being creative. I had done a bit of lino cutting and I had observed fabric printing at the art school. The thought came to me that I had always been interested in repeat pattern. I realised I could make my own blocks and print, even from home.

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The original Armitage Lamp

ABS: How did your time in India

affect your work? MA: When my first child was only two months we left for India. We spent two years there as my husband was an architect designing public buildings in the Punjab. In evenings we would wander down to the bazaar where you would find men printing bedspreads on long tables in the open air. Seeing them at work, printing in their hit and miss way, made me realise that you could do things yourself. I would only need the block, some colour and paper and I’d be away. Coming back to London, I found that I could do this when the children were at school. The first paper I created was for our own house and it looked good – so I carried on and made more prints. ABS: How did you create your first

wallpapers? What was the process? MA: I found the one part of the house that wasn’t used for anything else, which was the landing and made a very makeshift studio. At the local hardware store I bought lino, lining paper, paint and a small roller. I put the paper on the floor and then had to stand on the block to create pressure

I find it terribly important to have accurate information for my drawing to make the print. It was a very haphazard process but I liked the effect and created a few designs. Eventually a friend convinced me it was time to get my own press. ABS: Tell us about your press and how it

developed your work. MA: My printer friend decided that we

should go to a large second-hand printing warehouse in Brixton, so off we went. It was a vast place with machines as big as houses but hidden in the corner there was this small, unloved proofing press. I looked at it and said ‘well I think that will do.’ The next thing, of course, was the paper. I managed to find half a tonne of the right paper and that’s how it all began. It wasn’t planned really; somehow it just fell into place.

ABS: Can you tell us about the process of creating a wallpaper design? MA: First of all, plants are my vital source as they so effortlessly turn into a repeat – they flow over the walls and there is an endless variety that you can use. Walking round people’s front gardens I sometimes see a plant that will go into a pattern and sketch it straight away. For me, the core of all visual art is drawing. I like to have the subject in front of me, especially with plants. In the winter I often use books and in the summer, I draw in front of the plants themselves. I find it terribly important to have very accurate information for my drawing. To design a repeat pattern, I make a small grid of four sections and then trace everything onto it. You see what space you have, join it up and create a rhythm in the design. It’s always space filling with my design. Then I trace it onto a piece of lino and just start cutting. Once you’ve cut it it’s irreversible.

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DESIGN DUO Joseph Joseph’s technicolour kitchen equipment has shaken up the British worktop. HOME meets the founding twin brothers, Antony and Richard Joseph Words P E A R L B OY D

PEARL BOYD: It all started with a chopping board. How did it come about? JOSEPH JOSEPH: Design has always been in our blood. We grew up in a family manufacturing business and spent summers as kids designing new products in our shed at home. In fact, we both started out on career paths in product design, and came together in 2003 to design and sell our own collection of innovative products. Our approach was, and still is, all about solving everyday problems through intelligent product design. Basing our brand on a simple idea that we could improve everyday items or solve everyday problems with intelligent design is really what drives us forward. PB: Your products are about solving kitchen problems that we didn’t know we had. How do you identify what to address? JJ: It’s different with each product. Sometimes we’ll identify a problem through testing and other times it’ll be noticing an everyday problem we’ve come across ourselves and we’ll know exactly what we want to create the solution. We build lots of prototypes and test them thoroughly to make sure our ideas work.

PB: If good design is about combining practicality with beauty, your products certainly fit. Which ones are you most proud of, and which ones have been hardest to get right? JJ: We’re probably most proud of our first award-winning product, the Chop2Pot; our first folding chopping board but also our Nest 9 stacking bowl set which is a great space saving storage solution. Totem, the waste and recycling bin, is another one we’re extremely proud of, but that was also the hardest to get right. It was a departure from what we had done before and was our biggest launch to date so it took a lot of development time. PB: Can you define your aesthetic? JJ: Functional ideas are the core of what we do. We believe if you’re going to take the effort to design a product from the start there’s a great opportunity to design it with a considered aesthetic. PB: You have launched a lot of recycling-

related products. Was that due to demand? Or what made you think of it? JJ: It was through extensive research. We found that each council has different recycling requirements, especially in London, so from personal experience we knew that there wasn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. And with storage space being a problem in most kitchens we recognised the need to combine waste and offer recycling options in one space-saving unit.

“We aim to improve everyday items with design”

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SHE A R LU X E Wool is more versatile than you might think. HOME tours an entire house spun from varying yarns Words P E A R L B OY D

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he Campaign for Wool was launched in 2010 to educate consumers about the benefits of wool, promote wool-rich products to a national audience and help to support and grow the wool industry. Run by a coalition of industry groups convened by the Prince of Wales, the Campaign works to engage consumers through exciting fashion, interiors, artisan and design-led activities. And recently, they staged an entire interior on the theme of wool. The campaign commissioned leading interiors stylist Karina Garrick to create this wool-themed interior. Her stunning creative installation showcases a young, vibrant and fun home for wool, which shows skills, craft and embodies comfort. It has brought to life through interiors, fashion and specialised wool products a reflection of living with wool and experiencing its many performance benefits to create the perfect wool home.

THE LIVING ROOM

The Living Room showcases wool as you have never seen it before. Contemporary design and styling delivers a truly inviting space whose strong colour combinations and amazing textures make it the perfect place for relaxation. A Liberty print carpet

This creative installation is a young, vibrant and fun home for wool from Alternative Flooring welcomes you into the room with a dazzling display of colour and pattern originating from the designs of William Morris. A unique spin on a breakfast table is crafted in a fun wool art installation by Jessica Dance entitled Full English Breakfast. Wool carpet artworks by Allistair Covell hang brightly on the walls complementing the Cooper Sofa from sofa. com, along with an eclectic mix of wool-filled cushions. Wall cabinets with bell jars display the different types of wool from a selection of sheep breeds.

THE MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom sits under the everwatchful eye of a Herdwick sheep crafted in a stunning needlepoint tapestry by Melissa Watts. The room was created to enhance comfort and deliver a perfect night’s rest

through a full array of wool products. The master bedroom introduces the ultimate luxury bed by Vispring, with a deep comfort wool-filled mattress and mattress topper. With a combination of Platinum Certified real Shetland wool and Platinum Certified pure British fleece wool, these products guarantee you the best night sleep. The master bedroom boasts the ultimate comfort of wool filled duvet by The Wool Room. Studies have confirmed that sleeping with wool-based products, duvet, pillows, mattresses, can improve your sleep by 25% (as stated by The Wool Room). Not only does the room boast the perfect combination of science and nature, it also is truly beautiful and superbly relaxing. Stunning hand knitted throws by Melanie Porter, knitted Exmoor Horn Wool cushions, Melin Tregwynt lampshades and Mystic Blue curtains by Mark Alexander will allow you to fully indulge in natural luxury and drift off to sleep peacefully.

THE SNUG

A casual space for lazy, cosy evenings, the snug harnesses the feel-good-factor of wool and demonstrates the super softness of wool at floor level. Low-level pouffes and floor cushions are scattered on a stunning and vibrant Liberty carpet by Alternative Flooring, enabling the laid back comfort of simply sitting on a beautiful warm and soft

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wool carpet. The warp and weft of quality wool design is highlighted with Art of The Loom fabrics and double cloth throws by Melin Tregwynt will ensure cosiness. A striking piece of art by Jacqueline Fink takes centre stage above the fireplace with woven and intricate plaits worked together showing the creative impact and natural flexibility of merino wool.

THE STUDY

Enter The Study to be greeted by a handmade wool map by Yessica Wheeler, which highlights the key wool growing nations of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom surrounded by the stylish sheep gallery. The Study is a quiet place filled with light and bright pink walls. Slip off quietly and relax in the ultimate merino wool armchair by Mourne Textiles designed by Steuart Padwick for Adams and Moore while putting your feet up on Tetrad Harris Tweed Pumpkin Stool.

WOOL-KIN WARDROBE

The Wool-kin Wardrobe showcases the versatility of wool through fashion, performance and innovation, always with a nod and reminder to wool’s natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits. Brands, designers and retailers showcasing their best merino wool products include M&S, Barbour, Christopher Raeburn, Finisterre, Sibling, Jack Wills, Paul Smith, John Smedley, Ashmei, Adidas, Armadilllo Merino, Smalls, Jigsaw, Anderson & Sheppard, Dashing Tweeds and Walker Slater. The room boasts a striking wool artwork piece by Sally Spinks along with a luxurious armchair by Melanie Porter. The Wool-kin Wardrobe is the place to dress, ready to impress, in only the best wool quality garments.

KITCHEN | DINING AREA

A classic monochrome check patterned carpet by Brintons welcomes guests to the rustic kitchen. A soundproofing screen - Kivo by Herman Miller is a dramatic and contemporary wool diamond pod structure demonstrating the value of cushioned wool panels in soundproofing and absorbing noise. The kitchen invites guests to dine on Solidwool chairs while looking out onto the garden. In a bid to change the perception of wool being difficult to care for, there are a number of products in the kitchen that will dispel the myth, products that are tried and tested under the strict criteria and specifications from The Woolmark Company. These include Ecover detergent, Philips iron and AEG's AbsoluteCare® Tumble Dryer, which is part of total wash and dry care system for hand washable wool garments and products.

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Modern family life

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Clement Browne’s shutters come in so many different shades, shapes and sizes that it’s almost impossible to make a decision. But shutters are never the wrong choice, so just be brave. clementbrowne.co.uk

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F Modern Family Swiss architect Walter Segal’s experimental homes in south east London remain well suited to contemporary living Words E M M A M A N S E L L Photography TA R A N W I L K H U

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ive years ago, in the autumn of 2011, Taran and Celine purchased a distinctive family home on Segal Close in south-east London. Segal Close is a short cul-de-sac, that consists of seven self-built Segal Method houses, constructed in the early 1980s to designs by the celebrated Swiss architect Walter Segal. The Segal Method was a way of constructing houses that eliminated the need for various processes such as brick-laying, cement-pouring and other techniques that Segal considered superfluous to the construction of a good house. Instead, he advocated a modular, timber-frame system that is reminiscent of 19th-century American houses or traditional Japanese architecture. For Taran and Celine it was love at first sight when they visited Segal Close and nearby Walters Way, and since moving in, for Taran – a photographer specialising in architecture and interiors – it’s become more than just a home having been the focus of much of his recent work. His photography recently featured in the exhibition Walters Way: The Self Build Revolution at the Architectural Association Gallery, and he has recently published a book – Walters Way & Segal Close – co-written with Alice Grahame. We caught up with Taran, Celine – an exhibition designer at the Royal Maritime Museum – and their two young sons, Sohan, 5, and Nayan, 2, to hear about family life on Segal Close.

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“Walter Segal considered brick-laying to be superflous ”

Q&A EMMA MANSELL: How did you first come across the property? TARAN & CELINE: In early 2011 we spotted a Segal home on sale with The Modern House, and although it was already under offer at the time we asked the team to keep us on file on the off chance the sale fell through. Although we knew there was little chance it would, lo and behold, three months down the line we received a call telling us the house was about to go back on the market. We snapped up the opportunity and never looked back. EM: Were you looking to move to a Segal

house specifically at that point?

EM: Where were you living before? T&C: We moved to Honor Oak Park in

2008 after several years living in period properties in north London. Segal Close is our first ‘modern house’ so to speak. EM: After you moved to Segal Close, how

long did it take for it to feel like home? T&C: Celine is from Switzerland, so for

her it made total sense to live in a timber house and for me – having lived in Japan for several years – I was also inspired by the compact living style and sense of being close to nature that the Segal homes offer. In short, we knew the day we were handed the keys that this would be a wonderful family home for us.

T&C: Our passion for everything Segal

began in 2009 after we visited Walters Way where a handful of Segal homes were open for public viewing during Open House London. EM: What were your initial thoughts

when you visited the property? T&C: We completely fell in love with the

uniqueness of the street, the architecture, the sense of community, the layout, the light, the timber … the list goes on.

EM: What work have you done to the

property since moving in? T&C: Internally, since we moved in we

have changed the layout of the toilet and bathroom, modernised the kitchen and repainted all the timber to create a sense of light and airy openness in the home. Externally, we have added some decking in the garden and replaced stair cases to the front and back of the house as well as revamped our balcony area.

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We’ve always tried to use local builders for any changes, and we’re careful to seek out those who have an understanding and appreciation of working with timber and timber-framed houses. The first artwork we placed in the house was a Rob Ryan piece titled Home. We thought the wording, “My home will have no windows, doors or floors nor bricks or mortar“, was quite fitting to our new home, and it is proudly placed in the entrance corridor. In terms of the interior, we especially like mid-century furniture and often try to seek our bargains in auctions, antique dealers and shops. Luckily there are a number of interesting haunts in south-east London so we often don’t have to travel too far to find unique pieces.

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EM: How did you go about deciding on the

aesthetic for the interior? T&C: My wife is also an interior designer

and had a clear vision of how she wanted the house to look and feel. The beauty of the house is that each room has built-in storage, which helps keep it tidy and minimalist. To some extent this dictated the contemporary look and feel that we tried to create. We re-selected our furniture to give a more mid-century feel, and we repainted the majority of our interior walls Farrow & Ball Strong White to create a blank canvas with accents of grey walls throughout to contrast.

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more to the house? Over the next few years we’re thinking about building an extension to the house for our growing family – if we go ahead it’ll need to complement and sympathise with the original Segal stºructure. We are also looking at different ideas of how to maximise the space under our house to its best potential. EM: What is your favourite thing about

living in the house? T&C: When friends and family walk into

our home, they often comment how they feel they have walked into a holiday house. Our views from the balcony and main living spaces are immaculate, overlooking trees and gardens from a high vantage point as the cul-de-sac is positioned on top of a hill. We often recall one of the first evenings we spent at the house was on bonfire night; we watched the fireworks going off across the borough all night from our fantastic viewpoint. EM: Are there any downsides to

the house? T&C: One of the challenges is the

constraints that the Segal grid puts on the width of the doorways, making them quite narrow. Hanging artwork can also be tricky as it seems to conflict with the visual lines of the internal vertical batons.That said, without question the upsides far outweigh the down.

“The natural world comes directly into our space ” EM: Is there a strong community among

the residents on Segal Close? T&C: Despite there only being four self-

builders still present on both streets, there is still a strong sense of community running through both Segal Close and Walters Way. I think this is in large part the result of the design of the streets – the houses look onto communal outdoor spaces, making neighbours more aware of who is around. Each house has a private garden and access to shared outdoor space beyond. EM: Are there any other properties in the

UK that would tempt you away from Segal Close? T&C: We love living on the close, and for us at this moment London works in so many ways, so it’s difficult to say whether we would be tempted away. Saying that, now having lived in a Segal home and experienced the great views, community spirit and how the natural world is bought directly into our living space, perhaps experiencing the innovative timbered architecture of a HUF HAUS could be an alternative we would consider. I think it would be quite an adjustment for us now to live in a regular home built of bricks and mortar.

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I Scents of Adventure Perfumer Azzi Glasser likes each area of her house to smell different. HOME is entranced by her fragrance literacy Words P E N D L E H A R T E

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t’s to be expected that Azzi Glasser’s stylish house in Camden Town smells amazing. The scent is both welcoming and exotic and it totally expresses the house’s character. Glasser is London’s perfumer of the moment – she describes herself as a perfume designer – and her magical, mysterious fragrances are intriguing, with a depth and roundedness that you could liken to wine. Azzi is a big personality: chatty, stylish and fun. Our conversation centres very much on love and emotions, on sexiness and identity – worlds away from the marketing-led uniform ideals of the beauty industry, of which she's highly critical. Her skill lies in expressing character through scent, so she’s not exclusively interested in smells that are nice. She claims to ‘think in smells’ and this innate scent literacy is at the root of everything. Her studio is lined with shelves of carefully labelled brown apothecary bottles, like an alchemist’s laboratory, and she’s talkative and warm. As well as character, perfume is about love, she says and her signature scent is ‘a real love – and love is strong and powerful and it takes control of your life.’ Her brand The Perfumer’s Story is a year old and consists of 12 fragrances and candles. It’s her first actual brand after 27 years in the industry, though she has designed countless fragrances for clients including Bella Freud, Nicole Farhi, Jasper Conran, Illamasqua and Space NK, among others, since her first own perfume launched in 1999, a fragrance for Agent Provocateur, run by her friends Joe Corre and Serena Rees. ‘I’d had enough of working in an industry where

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“Candles are suited to different rooms in a scheme that Glasser calls ‘fragrance architecture” everything smelt the same and all the brands were taken over by multinationals.’ Azzi’s own signature scent is Sequoia Wood, from her own collection; she rarely wears anything else. ‘My Sequoia Wood is just so me. If I leave the house without it I have to go back, because I know that everything would go wrong if I didn’t have my perfume on. I’d just be thinking about it all the time.’ While there are classic perfumes that she professes enormous respect for – Rive Gauche, Arpege, Mitsouko – she’d never wear them. But it was her mother’s trail of scent that started it all, Azzi’s childhood memory of her glamorous mother saying goodbye in false eyelashes and fur coat, leaving ‘an incredibly expensive trail behind her’ which Azzi thought was ‘the most beautiful thing in the world’. Though when she later entered the industry, trails were no more. ‘It was all light and watery in the 1990s, so we brought back chypre, which hadn’t been done since the 70s. I wanted to bring back sexiness and leaving a trail, which was very much against the trend at the time.’ The idea of home is bound up with the sense of smell on an emotional level, and fragrancing the house is another of Azzi’s interests. She sees her range of candles as being suited to different rooms in a scheme that she calls ‘fragrance architecture’. Her widely praised Black Moss candle is for the hallway or living room (this is the smell that greets me in her house) while Twisted Iris ‘will make your bathroom smell like a stately home bathroom’. Scent doesn’t have to be pleasing so much as visceral for Azzi and one of her many lines of interest is the ‘art scent’ where, for instance, she might bottle the essence of Stan-

ley Kubrick’s 2001, or the smell of a rainy day. How does she go about making a film into a smell? ‘Ha – well I’ve never been to space but I imagine it as dark and claustrophobic. So I imagined the smell of the back of the computer, which reminded me also of the plastic of space suits.’ Even discussing individual ingredients is slightly beside the point for her. ‘These days everything’s all about citrus, or all about oud, or whatever, and that’s nonsense. For me, perfume should tell a story, but that’s not what they teach you in perfumery.’ Each ingredient will smell different depending on its interaction with other ingredients, which means that the possibilities are literally endless. Does she worry that she’ll run out of combinations? ‘Never. It’s like paint – you mix red and white, you get pink. And each ingredient has its own properties, so for instance sandalwood adds longevity,

mour’ – ‘people always ask her what she’s wearing. She’s very funny, eccentric, like noone else; she has exquisite taste and loves heritage and history.’ Bonham-Carter’s scent is composed of florals that aren’t commercial – ‘you can’t even pick a note in it’ and she has described it as ‘a protective cloud, invisible tool, emotional touchstone and part portal to make-believe land’. Other fans include Johnny Depp – ‘I don’t know if you’ve ever met Johnny’ – whom she describes as ‘intelligent, very funny and charming; one of the sexiest men on the planet, he loves expensive stuff ’. He calls her a ‘sorcerer’ and believes that ‘300 years ago she would have been hung for witchcraft.’ And here’s Bella Freud: ‘It was almost disconcerting to find that somebody had read me in such a spiritual way. It was like she’d nailed a part of me through pure osmosis.’

while lemon verbena is volatile and has less lasting power. There are 50 different rose oils, each with different qualities.’ Making bespoke scents for celebrities has become a large part of Azzi’s work over the past decade – but she’ll never start by asking someone what smells they like. ‘Asking what they like isn’t so relevant when you’re creating something that’s going to be the love of their life. I need to get to know their personality, so I look at the way they’re styling themselves already. It’s a bit like a fun psychotherapy session.’ She normally only needs one appointment before setting to work – the fee is £15,000 and for that people get a personalized crystal bottle in addition to 20 regular bottles. And of course she’ll keep the recipe for posterity – people put them in their wills. ‘Helena’ (Bonham-Carter, it emerges), for instance, calls her Azzi concoction her ‘ar-

Fragrance uses a lot of musical language. There are notes and compositions, tuning and balance, and an untouchable sense of flow. Azzi’s scent literacy is all about emotion, not lists of ingredients. Her Amber Molecule, for instance, is, she says, ‘a loyal friend who’s always there, comforting, who will make you feel good but is quite predictable. I love wearing it on the plane – it’s a bit like a cashmere scarf,’ while Tuscan Suede is ‘a really expensive white suede sofa, very sexy’. So is it fun? ‘Oh yeah,’ says Azzi. ‘Thank God for that, really. It’s so nice to hang out in your own smell world and get away from the ridiculous world. It’s also nice to hear people’s stories over time, because memories are so connected to smell. Smell is so evocative and so intense.’ theperfumersstory.com

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ECOYA Mini Madison Gift Set, £39; johnlewis.com

Chocolate scented candle, £37.50; rococochocolates.com

DIPTYQUE Gingerbread Candle, £48; spacenk.com

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Shot Candle, £80; joloves.com

Black Moss Candle, £49 theperfumersstory.com

100 ACRES Signature Three-wick Candle, £48 100acres.co.uk

WILNELIA FORSYTH Celebration candle, £55; wilneliaforsyth.com

NICHETTO STUDIO Zodiac modular shelving, from £88 zaozuo.com

JONATHAN ADLER Muse d'Or Ceramic Candle, £88; jonathanadler.com

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LALIQUE Chili candle; €65 lalique.com

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JONATHAN ADLER Hashish ceramic candle, £68; jonathanadler.com

BYREDO Bibliotheque Candle, £50; byredo.co.uk

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“A cactus is the ultimate low maintenance house plant” PH: What will be in the boxes? MS: Well the specifics are a surprise. It

will vary from month to month, but you can expect a potted plant – be it a cactus, succulent or house plant, and, depending on your plan choice, botanical accessories. No matter what plan you choose, there are always little surprise extras. PH: Your brand’s illustrations and

PENDLE HARTE: What is the appeal of

the cactus and why do you think they are having such a moment? MEG SANGSTER: I think people like cactuses for a few reasons - for me, they’re a nice way to bring a bit of life and greenery into your home, plus they’re the ultimate low maintenance house plant. They’re great for busy people or even people who haven’t had much luck with plants in the past. Not to mention they look really cool. PH: But your club isn’t

exclusively about cacti is it? MS: We’re offering all sorts of botanical themed goodies ranging from house plants, cactuses and succulents to plant accessories.  PH: What made you think of a delivery

box subscription? Is your background in plants? MS: I’m a trained florist and have always liked plants, and my mum has always been a keen gardener - so from an early age I’ve loved gardening and flowers and have always been around plants. I also really like giving presents and gifts bundled in a nice box, so it sort of feels like getting surprises and presents through the post.

aesthetics are lovely. Can you tell us about them? MS: Before moving on to floristry, I studied fine art at univeristy and my boyfriend, Alex, is an illustrator, so we worked on this part of Club Cactus together. We live in a really creative environment where we’re constantly bouncing ideas off each other. We had a clear vision of how we wanted everything to look and I’m so pleased me’ve managed to achieve that. PH: What have you learnt about plants

through setting up the club? MS: Since setting up the club I’ve learnt

more about plant care and things like which plants like to live in which rooms. I’ve also had to try to work out ways to post plants successfully without upsetting them. PH: Packaging a cactus must be tricky!

How does that work? MS: It’s definitely not the easiest thing I’ve

done! I’ve learnt now I just have to be firm with the plants, grab a pair of gardening gloves and just do it – wrap it up and then wrap it up again for good measure. We also use little card disks around the tops of the pots to help keep the soil firmly in place. PH: What’s next for Club Cactus? MS: In addition to the subscription boxes,

we’re currently working on an online shop, where you’ll be able to buy a larger selection of houseplants, plus lots of botanical-themed goodies. So if there was something you really loved from your box one month you’d be able to re-buy it individually and there will just be lots of exciting things for everyone. We’ve also had lots of interest from the US and Canada, where we unfortunately can’t post plants, but everything else from the web shop will be available to them. clubcactus.co.uk

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POTTED HISTORY

Create your own miniature desert landscape with this extract from House of Plants by Rose Ray & Caro Langton

01 Put on gardening gloves, if you like. Fill your container with stones to a depth of around 5cm/2in. Add a generous scattering of activated charcoal and mix it into the stones so that it is evenly distributed. This base will allow drainage for your plants, filtering any stagnant water and protecting their roots from sitting in water and developing rot.

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pen container gardens are a great way to create a miniature desert scene, especially if you only have one really bright surface to display your favourite succulents. More elaborate than grouping potted plants, a container garden allows you to play with adding textured elements such as dried lichen, pieces of preserved wood and precious crystals and rocks, which add a magical dimension to the scene while breaking up the complex geometric forms of different desert-dwelling species of succulents. Since desert cacti and succulents as a whole are slow-growing and require similar care, they work very well arranged together in one container. We try to include plants of different shapes, colours and textures to give each one its own focal point. For example, try contrasting juicy aloes with spiky cacti, colourful echeverias with hairy haworthias or lowlying lithops with sculptural euphorbias. Most importantly, pick plants that have similar needs for light, water and humidity so that the container is easy to care for as a whole.

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When it comes to choosing a container, there are a few factors to keep in mind. These plants do not like to be enclosed and prefer to feel free surrounded by warm, dry air, so pick something relatively open. Try to select a watertight container (if you are using one made of wood, either apply a thin layer of polyurethane varnish or line the base with a sheet of plastic). Alternatively, a simple metal or plastic tray, dish or bowl will work too: young cacti and succulents have very shallow root systems, so the container doesn’t have to be deep,

around 10cm/4in. Our favourite places to find interesting containers are secondhand shops and flea markets, where we often uncover objects with a charming back story. After a few months, you may find that some plants are growing while others stay seemingly unchanged. You can prune any overgrown are as with some clean, sharp scissors, eventually replacing those that outgrow the containwer. Extract taken from House of Plants by Rose Ray and Caro Langton, published by Frances Lincoln, £20

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“Try contrasting colourful echeverias with hairy haworthias”

arefully water the entire surface with a spouted watering can or pipette. Make sure not to splash any leaves or stems. To determine when it is time to next water the container, check the moisture level of the soil with your finger and only water once it feels completely dry. Remember, desert cacti and other succulents are at their happiest in direct light, so choose the brightest spot in your home for your desert landscape, perhaps next to a window or under a skylight.

03 Use your fingers, spoon or a small trowel to make a hole in the compost for your first plant to sit in. Play around with positioning if the plant does not look right immediately. Secure compost around the plant’s roots once you are happy with how it looks. Make sure to leave enough space between each plant to allow for some root growth and a good circulation of air. Gently press down the compost around each plant, removing any large air pockets, and secure them in their final positions.

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Roll the dice… Alexandra Llewellyn — Alexandra Llewellyn’s fabulous backgammon boards are hand-made and hand-lacquered. This one-off desert-themed board sold at Harvey Nichols for £7,200 – it’s all executed in marquetry with hundreds of pieces of wood, playing pieces in mother of pearl and turquoise stone and dice shakers of leather-lined turned ebony. alexandralldesign.com

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SLEIGHT OF HAND Christian Lacroix — The louche flavour of

card-playing is highlighted in Christian Lacroix’s playing cards for Galison, with designs inspired by the atmosphere of vintage French gambling houses. Colourful and unique, they will cheer up even the dullest game of patience. £28, harrods.com

Scores on the boards Jonathan Adler — You may not associate the ever-

stylish Jonathan Adler with the normally unglamorous game of darts, but his Toulouse dartboard is full of eccentric details. All turquoise lacquer and velvet lining, this stylish piece is set to reinvent the bullseye. £295, jonathanadler.com

WORD UP Aspinal of London — Aspinal ups the game – literally – with luxury editions of classics including Monopoly and Scrabble made of soft lambskin leather with felt lining and pewter playing pieces. With their non-slip finishes and beautiful leather-bound letter racks, these are heirloom pieces that, at almost £1,000, are designed to last.

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here are several options when it comes to choosing a duvet. Tog ratings determine warmth, while fillings can by synthetic, silk, wool, feather or down. Some people prefer a heavier cover, others a lighter one. We recommend the marshmallow-like puffiness of pure Hungarian goose down, which is cloud-like and light but supremely warm and cosy while remaining breathable and allergy-free. Or why not upgrade to the even more luxurious (and significantly more expensive) Canadian white goose down, which is even snugglier? Double Hungarian goose down duvets from £180, soakandsleep.com

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f you are asking yourself: what would The Savoy do? then Savoir Beds is your answer. This London-based artisan bedmaker hand-crafted mattresses for the Savoy hotel over a century ago and they haven’t changed since then. Each one requires over 80 hours of skilled production; materials are natural and include horsehair, cotton and lambswool alongside hand-tied springs with carefully controlled tension. These are beds fit for kings. Alternatively, a new wave of mattresses is emerging and disrupting established values. New foamfilled mattresses come rolled up in boxes and offer a convenient and comfortable night’s sleep using advanced technical materials instead of artisan methods. Like Savoir’s, Casper’s mattresses are made in the UK, but unlike Savoir’s, they’re light enough to be delivered by bicycle. A base of memory foam underneath a springy, breathable comfort layer creates a comfortable, supportive bed without the overheating qualities usually associated with foam – and they’ll even take it away if you don’t like it. Which will it be– traditional and natural or high-tech and cutting edge? savoirbeds.co.uk / casper.com

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illows are controversial. Hard or soft? Square or rectangular? Overstuffed or flexible? It’s very easy to set out to buy a new pillow and leave empty-handed due to the excess of choice. In times of indecision, just ask yourself: what would Claridge’s do? For the ultimate five star hotel quality pillow, try Beaumont & Brown, which modestly claims to produce the best bed linen in the world (they supply the Connaught and Limewood as well as Claridge’s) – and their favourite Savoy pillow is a mix of duck feather and down that combines softness with support. For extra fluffiness, you can’t go wrong with pure Hungarian goose down, as found in the Swiss-made Edelweiss pillow from My Duvet & Pillow, which includes no feathers at all – just pure cloud fluff. Savoy Pillow, £55, beaumontbrown.com Edelweiss pillow, £100, myduvetandpillow.co.uk

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gain, controversial. Until recently it was widely accepted that the ultimate in luxury came in the form of percale cotton of the highest thread count. Five star hotels offer sheets with a thread count of 400, which feels incredibly smooth and silky and are hard to beat – unless you are of the linen persuasion. Increasingly, linen has become the more desirable option, with stonewashed linen in muted shades looking stylishly rumpled and feeling softer with each wash. Linen has the advantage of lasting longer than combed cotton because it’s at least 30% stronger; it also offers better temperature control, staying warm in winter and cool in summer due to its moisture absorbency and heat retention. Linen Me’s traditional products come from Lithuania and their stonewashed bedlinen sets come in beautiful colours, all designed to improve with age. Bedlinen sets, from £119.99, linenme.com

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Boy Meets World A cool room for stylish little guys by Linda Dekkers of interiors blog Live Loud Girl Photography @ N AT E L E E C O C K S P H OTO G R A P H Y

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L I V I N G | FAMILY Oeuf NYC Perch Bunk Bed, £1,208; nubie.co.uk Fromage La Rue Lightning Bolt Light, £99; decobaby.co.uk Noe & Zoe Large Cloud Cushion, £30; bobbyrabbit.co.uk Le Petit M Glow in the Dark Lightbulb Cushion, £34.50; junioredition House Doctor Fabric Laundry Basket; £11.99; finenordic.co.uk Egmont Mushroom Lamp, €76; smallable.com Kolour Reusable Toy Sack, £7.50; thismodernlife.co.uk Lucky Boy Sunday Balthazar Doll, £70; thekidwho.eu

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Oeuf NYC Perch Bunk Bed This bed had been on my wishlist for a long time and luckily the boys love it too. It’s such a beautiful design with a sleek finish that easily fits in with any style. From £1,208; nubie.co.uk

LUCKY BOY SUNDAY We use these dolls a lot in our styling since they can really add that bit of extra fun to a corner. They are beautifully made and original – perfect for both boys and girls. Lucky Boy Sunday Balthazar Doll, £70; thekidwho.eu

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Egmont Mushroom Lamp A retro item that we’ve been working with for a long time. This beautiful light is always one of the favourite items when kids walk into a newly installed room. A keeper! €76; smallable.com

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This brand’s simplicity is brilliant. We love to work with their prints as they can be that ‘loud’ element in the room. Even though it’s just words on a piece of paper, it gives the right vibe. £24; wildboysandgirls.com

Rug We love to work with classic materials and patterns when it comes to rugs. A rug brings structure, softness and warmth into a room. In kids’ rooms they are great to play on, read a book on or just be what you step on when getting out of bed in the morning. olli ella Beni Moroccan Rug 100 Wool, £375; trouva.com

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Botanical appeal — You can't go wrong with

pendant lights, especially when rendered in bone china and moulded into organic silhouettes. Available in three sizes, these home accessory must-haves will pack a punch when hung in multiples. £289,

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT — Shortlisted for the International

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M E TA LW O R K — Combining industrial

design with traditional handmade craftsmanship, Davey Lighting embodies the stripped back aesthetic dominating the interiors scene right now. The Hex Pendant is ideal for adding a glow to spacious, white-washed rooms. £359,

Nelson in 1947, the Nelson Bubble Lamp is a mid-century classic. With its sculptural, origami-like form and neutral colouring, this iconic pendant lamp will drop seamlessly into any interior. £350, scp.com

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LINE THE DRAWERS OF A WORK TABLE 01ž M AT E R I A L S Small Scandinavian worktable with drawers printed fabric • iron • strong spray adhesive assorted braids • wall stapler • fabric glue

02ž C H O O S E YO U R TA B L E Choose a typically Scandinavian table – one made in light polished wood, and with metal or wooden compass legs is ideal. You can buy one for around £100, although be prepared to pay more for a signature piece. Or find a small chest of drawers, which will cost around £140–200.

03ž P R E PA R E T H E TA B L E Rub down the wooden legs with a soft cloth and some antique polish. Vacuum clean the inside of the drawers.

04ž L I N E T H E D R AW E R S Measure each drawer– width, length and depth – to determine the size of fabric you will need, remembering to add a 2-cm turnover at all edges. You can use the following formula as a guide: Fabric length: drawer length + 2 x depth + 2 x 2 cm (the turnover). Fabric width: drawer width + 2 x depth + 2 x 2 cm (the turnover). So, for example, in the drawer illustrated, which is 39 x 27 cm, 5.5 cm in depth: Length: 39 + 2 x 5.5 + 2 x 2 = 54 cm Width: 27 + 2 x 5.5 + 2 x 2 = 42 cm You should, therefore, cut a 54 x 42-cm rectangle for the lining of your drawer. Carefully mark the

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position of the drawer’s interior corners on the fabric. Then cut from each corner of the fabric to a point 0.5 cm from the drawer corner. To reduce overlap, trim away the fabric in a V shape at each corner, either side of your cut, making sure to leave a 2-cm turnover. Before positioning the fabric, fold the 2-cm turnover to the wrong side and iron flat. Fold and iron the lines of the drawer’s inner edges. Apply spray adhesive to the drawer and lay the fabric inside, making sure that it fits neatly into the corners. Press the fabric firmly into place, taking care to smooth out any creases: start at the centre and work your way out to the sides. Once secure, staple the fabric at 5-cm intervals, 5 mm down from the upper edge. Repeat at the corners, again inserting staples 5 mm from the join.

05ž A D D T H E B R A I D Measure the length of the braid you need: 2 x length + 2 x width + 1 cm overlap. Apply glue to the braid and position on top of the upper staples.

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REVAMP A 1950s CHAIR Extract taken from

01ž M AT E R I A L S 1950s chair • khaki cotton upholstery fabric (3 x 2.3 m) • fabric spray adhesive • wall stapler yellow piping (2 m in length) • sewing pins sewing needle • assorted cotton threads

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Scandinavia by Sonia Locarno, published by Thames & Hudson, £16.95

02ž C H O O S E YO U R C H A I R Items such as this Pierre Guariche barrel-style chair were very popular in the 1950s. They can be easily sourced online or in shops that stock vintage furniture. They will often be covered in imitation leather, and have compass legs of metal or wood.

03ž P R E PA R E T H E C H A I R Clean the imitation leather and the legs with soap and warm water, removing any grease with a cloth and some stain remover.

04ž S TA R T C OV E R I N G This is a three-stage process, starting with the back rest, then the outside back and finally the seat. Cut a generous-sized rectangle for the back rest; estimate the size by holding the material up against the chair. Allow for a 10cm overlap, which will be fixed to the outside back, and 7cm for the internal join. Spray the adhesive on the back rest, position the fabric on top and press firmly to secure. For a close-fitting finish pull the fabric tightly across the surface, following the direction of the weave. Now cut away the excess material. Cut 7cm-wide notches in the overlap, apply adhesive, and pull tightly onto the outside back. Repeat with the hole at the bottom. Use a knitting needle (or screwdriver) to push the fabric into the internal joins, ensuring that there are no folds or creases. Repeat this method for the outside back. Cut a large rectangle of fabric. Cut away the excess material, leaving a return of 10cm. Cut 7cm notches in the return and fold under before sticking to the back of the chair with the adhesive. When you reach the underside of the seat, turn the fabric under by just 1 cm and pull firmly, using the stapler to fix in place. Position the yellow piping along the top of the back to hide the join, pin down to secure, and sew to fix in place. Repeat this process for the hole at the bottom, this time sewing together the front and back sections without the piping. To cover the seat, cut a generous-sized piece of fabric, estimating the size required as before. Apply adhesive to the seat, position the fabric on top and pull hard to avoid creases. Cut away the excess material, retaining a margin of 10cm. Use a knitting needle to push the fabric into the internal joins. Turn the chair upside down, turn the fabric under by 1 cm and pull tight on to the underside, using the stapler to fix into place.

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What’s Cooking? A kitchen is so much more than just a place to eat, which means getting it right is vital Words CAT H E R I N E H A L E S

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ccording to a survey commissioned by AGA Cookshop, the average Briton will spend roughly three years of their life in the kitchen. This is not all that surprising considering that in many homes, the kitchen often encompasses a living or dining area, an entertainment system or sometimes direct access to the garden. It becomes the beating heart of the house. Given its importance, the kitchen’s design should reflect the aesthetic and requirements of the family who use it. Where some prefer minimalism, others look for rustic charm; for some, gadgets are essential while others crave simplicity. Space also has to be taken into account - a heavy, industrial look probably won’t work. Here are some of our favourite designs to suit every taste.

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MODERN DesignSpace

Part kitchen, part work of art, this architectural gem from DesignSpace is a prime example of Modernist style. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Pavilion, the Modulnova units and island are a dark charcoal grey providing a strong, almost masculine look emphasised by the Royal Blue walls and chrome Gaggenau appliances. A variety of materials including stained black oak, black Nero Assoluto granite and anodized graphite aluminium provide texture. The most striking aspect of this DesignSpace kitchen however, is its lack of clutter and uninterrupted lines. This is the perfect space for those who crave minimalism, with ‘messy’ areas hidden by pocket doors and handleless drawers and cabinets. designspacelondon.com

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lesson in how to pull off rustic while bypassing cutesy, this Dorset kitchen by VSP Interiors combines crisp white cabinets and shelving with edgy, dark grey walls and concrete surfaces. Jars, white ceramic pots and antiques belonging to the owner add homey touches. Overall, this is a kitchen of contrasts: industrial chrome and rough concrete mix with high gloss cabinets and scrubbed wood. Urban meets rural and the effect is a contemporary country kitchen that integrates functionality with design. However, comfort is still a priority with underfloor heating and colourful throw cushions dotted around the room. vspinteriors.com

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COUNTER PIECES

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Coffee Machine, £279.95 johnlewis.com

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Waffle Maker, £54 lakeland.co.uk

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here is so much more to the K7 Wharfside kitchen than first meets the eye. The stylish walnut cabinetry (which can be substituted for beech, alder, oak, maple or cherry) and myriad smart features such as concealed power points, hidden handles, waste storage, pharmacy units, carousels, fully-extending corner cupboards, alcove lighting and more are all appealing features but it is the island that is the pièce de résistance. This is height-adjustable and can change from a kitchen work surface to a dining table, bar, sideboard, desk surface, or a coffee table at the mere push of a button. A clever kitchen for those wanting to make the most of every inch. wharfside.co.uk

VITAMIX

Professional Series 300 Blender and Food Processor, £499; selfridges.com

DUALIT X LIBERTY FLOWERS

Toaster in Wiltshire print, £125; libertylondon.com

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Home Cooking Architect Alex Michaelis’s own kitchen blends technology with architecture and design Words P E A R L B OY D

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here previously stood an old MOT garage, Michaelis Boyd has imagined and built an unexpected and visually captivating London home. Founded in 1995, architecture firm Michaelis Boyd has developed a reputation for simple and elegant designs, with one of the firm’s most recent iconic projects including the design of 225 apartments for the regeneration of London landmark Battersea Power Station. This building in west London is home to architect Alex Michaelis and his family, who previously lived in an equally unexpected – though very different – London house, also designed by him. Known as the 'underground house', most of its living space was below ground, due to planning restrictions limiting the plot to a single storey build. In his new overground home, Michaelis has stayed true to his passion for pursuing excellence in all aspects of design.

Alex Michaelis's west London house

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A unique property, complete with rounded towers, rooftop terraces and outdoor swimming pool, the kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the home for this vibrant family of two adults and seven children. With a fireman’s pole connecting the kitchen with the floor above, the kitchen is a constant hub of activity that centres on food: designed to entertain family and friends alike. Alex comments: “We use the sear hob most days - it is especially good for big Sunday breakfasts with lots of friends and children. Seared eggs and bacon for 18.”, as the highly intelligent systems introduce new lines and dimensions into the appliance space while upholding professional standards. Alex felt strongly that the innovative systems reflected his design ethos for this personal project, noting that “the marrying of Electrolux Grand Cuisine appliances with the stunning curved Bulthaup island unit works beautifully in the space.”

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GRAND CUISINE

Starting price for the cooking system – including Combination Oven, Blast Chiller, Vacuum Sealer and the Induction Zone – is £43,000 and includes a personal chef advisory service. grandcuisine.com

The sleek systems are the perfect choice to cater for the busy family. Home to a Stand Mixer, Gas Hob, Combination Oven, Blast Chiller, Sear Hob, Surround Induction Zone and Precision Vacuum Sealer, the systems installed in the kitchen offer discerning home cooks Alex and Susanna the chance to utilise cooking methods previously only accessible to professional chefs. One revelation for the Michaelis household has been experimenting with the sous vide method, with Alex commenting “our favourite appliance is the vacuum sealer – it's life-changing in terms of how we now cook”. True to Michaelis’ previous design successes, the sleek and modern culinary systems installed in his new family home are offset by the rough walls, left deliberately unpainted with a plaster finish. Alex’s vision and vast experience of designing and creating some of London’s most exclusive restaurants and residences has proved to be a winning combination. This new home blends technology with architecture and design, in a style that revolutionises the concept of the modern day kitchen and home cooking.

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“Nobody wants to go to a friend’s dinner party and see the exact same kitchen” Curved breakfast bar with inset leather on display at the McCarron & Co Chelsea showroom

Room Service Mark Brook, creative director of McCarron & Co, reveals some trade secrets Words P E A R L B OY D

PEARL BOYD: What is it that makes

McCarron & Co such a success? MARK BROOK: In a word: flexibilty.

McCarron & Co is made up of a pool of amazing creative talent, drawn from the UK’s forefront kitchen manufacturing establishments. Across the board we have a real wealth of specialist knowledge. This enables us to meet the most exacting client briefs. A large percentage of our business comes from the interior design and architecture world and that is where the flexibility really makes the difference. These professionals often have a house style or a unique scheme designed solely for an individual project. Our strength is the flexibility to translate their ideas into beautifully considered projects. PB: What kind of projects do you undertake? MB: In our infancy we predominantly specialised in bespoke kitchens / media rooms / bedrooms and bathrooms – really, any spaces that require functional and aesthetically driven solutions. However, we now get more involved with whole house projects which span almost every room in the house, including libraries, flower rooms, wine rooms and mud rooms. We have even worked on a dog grooming room with underfloor heating and a foot bath for muddy paws.

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Bespoke contemporary kitchen installation by McCarron & Co

PB: What is your background? MB: My whole career has revolved around

the kitchen industry, starting out in the commercial kitchen sector, designing huge kitchens in the hotel and restaurant world. That was a great learning curve for accurate site surveys way before the advent of laser measuring tools. Moving over to residential kitchens was a natural progression, and creatively a lot more rewarding. I cut my teeth managing kitchen showrooms for Harrods, Mark Wilkinson and Smallbone of Devizes before becoming one of the coowners here at McCarron & Co. PB: Where do you start when designing a bespoke project? MB: The first step will often be a detailed brief-taking meeting with the client or interior designer/architect to get an in-

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furniture which truly sets it apart. For example, shadow gaps and rebates should sit perfectly – every detail lining through with no tolerance for imperfections. We are also seeing a growing desire to be unique in luxury kitchen design – one-off pieces and bespoke finishes are crucial to the project. No one wants to go to a friend’s dinner party and see the exact same kitchen. Co-ordinated finishes of taps, sinks and handles are another growing trend that we are seeing a rise in demand for – we’ve done a number of gold plated and copper taps of late. PB: And what is your own house like? MB: I live in a unique former artist's

studio in the heart of Notting Hill. It is flooded with natural daylight through huge windows, 3.5 metre ceilings, lots of texture, accent colours and bold overscale art and sculpture. Naturally it has a beautiful hand-made kitchen. PB: Do you improve your own space regularly? MB: I am very fortunate to own properties in Portobello, Paris and Puglia (we refer to them as the three Ps) so there is always scope for tweaking different rooms. Our Italian garden currently has priority which is good exercise and less expensive than re-decorating.

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depth understanding of their vision and what they would like to achieve. In order to successfully interpret the needs of the client, we listen carefully and ask lots of questions, taking into account their lifestyle and any factors which may influence the design. Pinterest, magazines and online images can often be a great starting point to provide us with inspiration and an understanding of the client's likes and style. From this point onwards, we can begin to narrow down the best materials, finishes and functionality to suit the specific needs and ensure that the client's vision is realised by our craftsmen. PB: What characterises a modern,

high-specification kitchen? MB: For us, we believe that it is the execution of the installation with contemporary style

The Modena kitchen and breakfast bar, hand-crafted using walnut and wrapped in stunning green Alma leather on display at the McCarron & Co Notting Hill showroom

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SHOW HOME Styling your home for sale is essential. HOME takes advice from an interior designer

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avourable first impressions are key. Tidy the front entrance of the property. Freshen up plant tubs, front garden, drive. Re-paint if required, focus on front door and entrance. Ensure that hallway is clutter-free, clean and tidy. Add large mirrors and an attractive console table if not already in situ to define the space and create an attractive and welcoming entrance. Fresh flowers/ scented candles are a useful and effective no8interiors.com tool in helping to create a welcoming space.

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iving areas must be tidied, decluttered and to some degree depersonalised. Consider re-painting to neutral tones and add cushions/ throws/rugs to introduce colour and texture if needed. Ensure lighting is crisp and use lamps to illuminate drab corners. Invest in a few accessories – coffee table books, candles, rugs, attractive vases/ objets. Create a focal point - perhaps an attractive fireplace, feature painting or mirror and accentuate it by presenting it in the best way possible. Fresh flowers and scented candles again always help.

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itchens and bathrooms are key in successfully selling a home and must be spotless and tidy. Clear kitchen worktops as much as possible and use a few simple props – attractive bottles of artisan olive oils and vinegars, pots of fresh herbs, dress the dining table, the use of polished silverware and glass will reflect light and add a touch of glamour to what is ordinarily a functional, utilitarian space, remove any stickers or post-its from the fridge or cabinets, ensure no leaking taps or broken cupboard handles or knobs. Similarly, bathrooms must be gleaming. Again declutter and place fresh towels, soaps and attractive bottles of bath/body wash in shower or bath.

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THE WARM UP Cast iron radiators are efficient as well as stylish. Home meets Castrads’ Nick Baylis Words P E A R L B OY D

PEARL BOYD: What’s special about cast iron radiators? NICK BAYLIS: We like to think they’re a perfect balance of form and function. They keep rooms toasty warm while creating a real focal point. Our hand-finished radiators look magnificent in a huge range of interiors - modern and traditional alike. There’s just no comparison with steel panel monstrosities. What’s more they’re totally, 100% customisable. Every one of our radiators is hand-built to specification in Manchester, meaning that our customers can design as much or as little of the radiator as they like, from the style of bleed valve to the degree of shine on hand-polished finishes. PB: Are they efficient as well as pretty? NB: Of course. A cast iron heating system

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warms a little slowly but it also cools slowly. One aspect of cast iron radiators that our customers love is that, in a well insulated home, you can achieve incredibly stable temperatures with the boiler just ticking over to maintain a comfortable environment. Heating isn’t as aggressive as with steel panel systems. PB: The range comes in so many different possibilities. How many are there? NB: I don’t think we’ve ever managed to put an exact number on the different styles – there are just too many. Our cast iron range has over 15 styles, which are all available in various heights, widths and of course finishes (of which there are hundreds), and then we have our steel column designs too – perhaps one day we’ll be able to put a number on it, but then of course we’re always designing new styles too. 

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“The house warms a little slowly but it also cools slowly”

I studied Earth Sciences to Masters level and during that time, having spent two years training in restaurants in France, I was also cooking professionally. Radiators were the last thing on my mind. But as a kid I’d helped my dad to restore old radiators in his architectural salvage business. My dad had set up this new venture, Castrads, in 2006 after getting bored with early retirement and after a couple of years, as I was nearing the end of my studies, the business had started really picking up. My dad needed someone to help him out with this rapidly expanding business so I decided to start working with him in this new startup. It was fun. A lot of work, but a lot of fun. And together we built what’s now a really successful business with a global portfolio of clients.

PB: What are your best sellers? NB: The Grace range is definitely our

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bestseller, as it’s so versatile, streamlined and incredibly powerful. We’ve had customers buy these radiators for their Victorian or Edwardian homes, as well as those with new builds – they really do fit in with any style. The matte finishes tend to be the most popular, but again, it completely depends on what the customer is looking for. Sometimes they want a completely different radiator in every room, sometimes they want them all the same, and sometimes they just want one statement model to really make an impact.

for all manufacturing, and where we hand make every single one of our radiators. We employ specialists for every part of the manufacturing process to ensure everything is made to the highest quality. Each radiator is made to order, so an order can take anywhere from one to four weeks to complete, depending on the finishes requested. PB: What’s your background? What made you go into radiators? NB: I’m a geologist-chef by training.

PB: Where have your radiators been installed? NB: All over the place. From Carnegie Hall to Westminster Abbey and from Cambridge University to Leeds Castle. But not just in large places either. Our radiators are in over 25,000 homes across more than 20 countries. Most of our business is in the UK but we’ve supplied projects in Australia and New Zealand, America and Canada, Tunisia, Russia and all over Europe too. Right now we’re really excited to be working with some of the UK’s most innovative architects who are using our products in unexpected ways, for example in ultra modern refurbishments of iconic buildings. I think they can be used to great effect for a touch of solidity in a modern aesthetic.

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Life on a houseboat

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Style

LEADERS A tour of London’s most beautiful and unusual retail spaces Words

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EARTHY A R A VA RTA N I A N • Opened July 2016

Designed in conjunction with Estudio Tupi Architects, jewellery designer Ara Vartanian’s new Mayfair boutique is a haven of chic Brazilian interior design. Past a corrugated concrete wall entrance, the space opens into a softly lit showroom, warmed by earthy-coloured furnishings, mid-century wood furniture (the majority of the pieces are vintage) and illuminated displays of glinting jewels. 44 Bruton Place, W1 aravartanian.com 116

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I N S P I R E | SHOPS

CONCEPTUAL

COMME DES GARCONS • Opened March 2016

Relocating its Dover Street Market branch to a listed building on the Haymarket, Comme des Garcons has created an almost theatre set-like space. Conceived by the brand’s very own Rei Kawakubo, the entire market is shared by a number of other brands, each with their own immersive staging. Black Comme des Garcons’ monochromatic space is intersected by metal, cage-like racks, from which the new collection is elegantly hung. 18-22 Haymarket, SW1 comme-des-garcons.com

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Surrounded by other industry giants, the two-floor space embraces the stark, whitewashed look of a contemporary art gallery. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect the sleek interactive cosmetic counters and makeover stations, which are set against the store’s dark wood floors. A beauty-lovers paradise. 9 King Street, WC2 narscosmetics.co.uk

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VALEXTRA , HARRODS • Revamped May 2016

David Adjaye’s new design for Valextra’s Harrods concession is an unusual, brutalist-inspired space. The brand’s leather accessories sit like artefacts in niches carved out of the crinkled concrete wall panels. The dramatic and stark aesthetic was designed to stop passing shoppers in their tracks. 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1 valextra.com

QUIRKY

JESSICA DE LOTZ • Opened February 2016

Jessica de Lotz’ Kentish Town boutique is as quirky and unique as the designer herself. Trained at Central Saint Martins, Lotz’ first shop is lovingly decorated with the help of her interior designer friend. The aesthetic is a cross between a cabinet of curiosities and antique shop, with an array of weird and wonderful objects: from a pocket watch-shaped porthole and vintage cabinets to a variety of taxidermy. 49 Fortess Road, NW5 jdljewellery.co.uk

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“I wanted to create an intimate shopping experience with an apartment-like feeling”, explains knitwear designer Bella Freud, describing her first boutique. Built in an ex-gallery space, the shop has been created by Maria Speake and has reclaimed stone floors, bespoke brass rails, velvet carpets, and grey walls punctuated by pops of green and red. 49 Chiltern Street, W1 bellafreud.com

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T H E B OAT

Tired of staying in hotels? Has Airbnb lost its lustre? Here's the perfect solution: spend a night on a boat. Gainsborough Wharf on Regent’s Canal is home to two beautiful canalboats named Osbert and The Palmer. The former sleeps up to four while the latter is a more cosy proposition designed for two, but both are thoughtfully and tastefully decorated. For our night on the water we were put up in Osbert, whose interiors team decadent faux furs thrown over the chairs with a deep blue sofa and slate grey walls. It is also peppered with eccentric objets d’art including a leopard head vase and teacup spelling out the word ‘GIN’.

Staying afloat As increasing numbers of Londoners are drawn to houseboat living, HOME tests the waters with a stay on the Regent’s Canal Words CAT H E R I N E H A L E S

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I N S P I R E | LIFESTYLE

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hough tempted by the lure of Shoreditch, the bottle of champagne in the fridge and the gourmet snacks on offer (many of which come from local producers) mean we choose a night in instead, listening to LPs on the record player, sitting on the top deck drinking wine and, eventually, watching a film on the projector in the bedroom. However, those wishing to stray from their floating accommodation can follow the lovely hand-drawn map provided to many fantastic local restaurants such as The Gate Islington or Arepa & Co nearer Dalston.

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lthough Gainsborough Wharf rubs shoulders with Islington and Shoreditch, it remains a little island of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of London. Few things are as peaceful as waking up, looking out of a porthole and seeing a family of ducks swim by. I would recommend signing up for the supplementary breakfast which is placed in a lovely hamper in the boat before your arrival. Sitting on the deck or in the kitchen eating bacon, eggs, yoghurt and granola while waving at passing boats is a seriously idyllic way to spend a Sunday morning.

Nightly rates on Osbert & The Palmer starts from £180 on a B&B basis. Wiltshire Row, N1; gainsboroughwharf.com

“Few things are as peaceful as waking up, looking out of a porthole and spotting a family of ducks”

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Artisan Skills The New Craftsmen celebrates makers in all disciplines, and their collaboration with Burberry has led to a stylish refit of Thomas’s, the in-house eaterie Words P E A R L B OY D

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he New Craftsmen works with a selection of Britain’s finest craft makers to showcase the materials, skills and craft products of the British Isles. Founded in 2012 in Mayfair, The New Craftsmen currently represents a network of over 75 makers working in textiles, silverware, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glassware and beyond. They showcase and sell a carefully selected range of products, limited editions and exclusive collaborations via the Mayfair shop and online. The New Craftsmen present objects that are deeply connected to culture and place. The distinct position is to forge collaborations with designers and makers to give a contemporary take on specific skills and materials. From this they offer customers, interior designers and architects a range of services that enable them to customise, commission and collaborate on developing bespoke pieces. The New Craftsmen represents a vision of sustainable, real luxury, expressed through dedication to makers, materials, method and design. 

Burberryenjoys an ongoing partnership with The New Craftsmen. Located at Thomas’s, Burberry’s all-day dining and gifting destination, the collaboration celebrates British craft and creativity through a unique calendar of events, activities and exclusive products. And thanks to this partnership, Thomas’s updated interior was designed in close collaboration with The New Craftsmen to include new fixtures, spaces and a refreshed private dining area. • A selection of product and gifts by The New Craftsmen, unique to Thomas’s, includes rugs, crockery, glassware and key rings plus a seasonally updated collection of Burberry gifts created for the store, complementing an assortment of existing Home (throws, blankets, cushion covers, candles and games including playing cards, dominoes, dice and backgammon), Stationery (notebooks, diaries and desk accessories) and Travel products (luggage tags, passport covers and travel sleeves). 5 Vigo Street, W1

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he Vineyard Spa is a haven for epicureans. The hotel and spa is owned by the Michael family who also preside over the Peter Michael winery in Knights Valley in California. The hotel is inspired by the Judgement of Paris, a famous wine tasting in 1976 that saw Californian wine surpass classic French wines in a blind tasting held by British wine merchant Steven Spurrier, which united some of the wine world’s most influential wine writers and journalists, and was named for Rubens' 17th century painting. The hotel prides itself on its impressive private art collection, as well as its 3,000 bins, with around 100 of them available to taste by the glass. Rooms start at £194. The Vineyard,

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handsome grade II listed Georgian villa is the latest in a portfolio of restaurants-with-rooms owned by hot young hoteliers Sam and Georgina Pearman. Positioned on the promenade, the hotel’s elegantly restored frontage has all the grandiosity you’d expect from a Regency spa town on the edge of the Cotswolds. But never judge a hotel by its façade. Step inside No 131 and you’ll see that the interior is far more Brooklyn brownstone than Georgian townhouse. With works by David Hockney and Peter Blake lining the walls, turquoise upholstery and hordes of reclaimed antiques, the overall impression is homely yet refined. Rooms start at £150 including breakfast. 131 Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1NW, 01242 822939; no131.com

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his handsome and intimate late 17th century former home of inspirational horticulturalist Rosemary Verey (whose beautiful garden frames the building) is the setting for this Cotswold hotel. Eschewing a chintzy or old-timey decor scheme, the house provides the ideal bolt-hole for stressed-out Londoners, a holistic hideaway for those seeking some pastoral downtime with the mod cons of their urban lives still intact. With only 18 rooms, it’s boutique-y, and the spa (which is reached by a picturesque woodland walkway) is a big draw, with five treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, relaxation room and – the jewel in the crown – a heated hydrotherapy pool, much enjoyed in colder months thanks to its steam-misted view of the surrounding cow-studded pastures. • Rooms start at £290 per night. Barnsley House, Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EE; 01285 740000; barnsleyhouse.com

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he drive up to Lucknam is quite something. A mile long, the drive takes you through vast grounds (500 acres to be precise) and an expanse of woodland. The exact history of Lucknam Park is unrecorded, but the 'ham' in the original ‘Luckenham’ suggests it was a Saxon settlement dating back to before 1066. Along with beautiful historical rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and an award-winning spa, there is a fully-functioning equestrian centre and it's a short drive from Bath. • Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa offers Classic Rooms from £260 per night based on two adults sharing on a room only basis, inclusive of VAT and full use of the spa facilities. One hour Instructional hack is £116 per person. 01225 742 777; lucknampark.co.uk

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ounders Catherine and Ahmed stumbled upon this building quite by chance during a trip to the tiny Somerset village of Bruton. They were looking for a new home in the country; what they found was a derelict Methodist chapel in need of a great deal of TLC. The crumbling nook was subsequently transformed into a marvellous and distinctly modern residence. When, years later, the couple decided to move out and turn their visionary home into a hotel, At the Chapel was born. Now the building boasts an on-site bakery and restaurant as well as eight exceptionally lovely rooms. Situated on Bruton’s charming High Street, the rear windows offer magnificent views across the surrounding countryside. • Rooms start at £125 per night. High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AE; atthechapel.co.uk

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I N S P I R E | MOROCCO

RIAD STYLE After nearly 40 years in the design world, Jasper Conran has opened his first hotel, a riad in Marrakesh. HOME takes a peek inside

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asper Conran has worked as a designer in multiple fields over a period of nearly 40 years. He has moved seamlessly between womenswear, menswear, fragrance, accessories, luggage, interior design, costume design for ballet, opera and theatre and more, winning an OBE for services to retail in 2008. He's also a patron of the Work-Life Balance Trust, a trustee of the Wallace Collection and a visiting professor at the University of the Arts London. Now he has added to his portfolio with the opening of his first hotel, a riad in Marrakesh. This stylish location combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of antique furniture, textiles, lighting and art from his collection,making it feel more like a home than a hotel. Situated conveniently close to the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square, the bustling Souk and near to the 12th Century Koutoubia Mosque, this historic 19th Century riad, originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprises five spacious suites, not usually found in the riads of Marrakech surrounding a uniquely wide courtyard garden and swimming pool.

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On entering the hotel you will find yourself in the courtyard garden, planted with banana, orange and lemon trees, welcomed by the soothing sound of water from the central fountain surrounded by zelige tilework. Birds sing, perfumed roses and jasmine abound while bougainvillea and honeysuckle cascade down the whitewashed walls. This charming retreat combines delicious food, great comfort and service while capturing the elegance of hotels of the 1930s. The roof terrace offers extraordinary views of the Atlas mountains and the skyline of Marrakech. It is a place to unwind after a day’s foray into the souks, and somewhere to lay out on sun loungers. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea can be taken under the pergola. Cocktails can be enjoyed among orange blossom and fig trees, a wilderness of honeysuckle, bougainvillaea, jasmine and scented roses while watching the sun go down over the snowcapped mountains.

The garden is also home to one of the few swimming pools of the Medina. Enjoy a calm relaxing swim in the ten-metre pool (heated in the cooler months), a pleasure that can be enjoyed from early morning to the approach of nightfall as glowing lanterns and candles are lit, enveloping the riad in a magical atmosphere. Planted with orange, fig and olive trees, jasmine, bougainvillea, honeysuckle and geranium the roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Here breakfast and lunch is served under a curtained pergola. Elsewhere on the terrace, tables are set out, one can enjoy afternoon tea, coffee and cocktails. Sun loungers are arranged on a tiled raised terrace so that guests can enjoy the warmth of the Moroccan sun.

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I N S P I R E | PROFILE

Serena Morton

My Style Art dealer & gallery owner

SERENA MORTON shares her favourite things serenamorton .com

MY STYLE ICON

is Neneh Cherry (here) as Frida Kahlo, photographed by the iconic Jamie Morgan.

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION

is Olhão in Portugal because painter Piers de Laszlo’s crumbling foundation epitomises the type of place I like to stay in. It’s living installation art.

MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER

MY FAVOURITE PAINTING

from my forthcoming exhibition for Damian Elwes is ‘Haring Studio (New York)’.

HOME LOVES

is Yves Saint Laurent. He understood women. I love this picture of him with Betty Catroux et Loulou de la Falaise outside the first Rive Gauche Boutique, London, September 1969.

My favourite musician Ronnie Wood because not only is he a guitar hero but also an artist.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART

is ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ by David Hockney. Painted between 1970 and 1971, it depicts Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell in Notting Hill. 130

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