Words: Ben Spriggs

The tune: ‘The song that makes me want to drop everything and dance is Dancing Queen by ABBA. It’s just pure joy. Being Swedish, I realise it’s a bit of a cliche but, hey, a thing is a thing because it’s a thing, right?’

The nightspot: ‘Depending how the mood takes me, I’m happy in a chic bar, cosy pub or a noisy club. I do like the top-floor bar and terrace at 5 Hertford Street, and for a chilled Sunday, The Carpenter’s Arms in St Peters Villas in Hammersmith. Clubwise, I had my birthday drag ball party at The Karaoke Hole on Kingsland High Street, which was incredibly fun and silly.’

The meal: ‘When it comes to the perfect dinner, there are certain key things to remember: champagne should be served in coupes not flutes and there’s no excuse for boring puddings. The chocolate fondant at Brasserie Bofinger in Paris or the pistachio cannoli at Antico Caffè Greco in Rome are close ties for my favourite end to a meal ever.’

The hero

‘A little-known design talent that I’m in awe of at the moment is shellwork artist Tess Morley. Her work is sublime. I’m also inspired by Nina Yashar of Nilufar Gallery in Milan and Miuccia Prada. I’d love to be invisible and spend the day following them around.’

The interior

‘My favourite room in the world was my dad’s office when I was growing up, as we were seldom allowed in there. It had the most wonderful scent of wood and leather. If I could have designed any iconic space, it would be Carlo Mollino’s apartment (pictured) in Turin. Every detail, material and object is brilliance at play. I dream of creating something so singular.’

The book

‘I’ve never thrown a book away, although I do like gifting them on. One of my loveliest books is Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery Of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture by Aric Chen. It’s an exploration of Brazilian furniture and its beautiful use of rosewood.’

The film

‘The movie with the most amazing interiors is Luchino Visconti’s Il Gattopardo. The 45-minute ballroom scene with Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale was filmed in the Galleria degli Specchi at Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi in Palermo. It’s built in Sicilian Baroque style, with rocailles and mythological frescoes, and the whole room exudes a golden glow through huge Murano chandeliers. It’s fabulous.’


The look ‘When it comes to party outfits, for me, it just has to be something sparkly and Italian. This season, I’m eyeing up some wrapped silk heels with embroidery from N°21. During the day, I need a big bag. But at night, I do like a fun, gorgeous clutch. My favourite at the moment is the square ‘Safi’ bag from Lucy Folk – it’s made up of hundreds of little beads.’

The destination ‘I climbed Sigiriya rock in Sri Lanka last Christmas. I have vertigo, so I did it as a personal challenge. I’d practised walking meditation, and mostly I was in deep while climbing, but a few times I came out of it, looked down and felt like my stomach was going to fall out. The feeling afterwards was incredible, though, and made it all thoroughly worth it.’

The routine: ‘My favourite five minutes of the day are when you’ve just woken up but haven’t quite opened your eyes. I’ll then reach out and drink some water from one of our Campbell-Rey Murano glass tumblers. One of the most indulgent things I do is take long baths. Next comes coffee. I’m quite particular about it, and will travel for one made in a La Marzocco espresso machine. I picked this up from my Austrian friend Theresa when we both lived in Shoreditch – we’d go to Allpress Espresso bar on Redchurch Street. I got used to really good coffee, and it’s difficult to break the habit.’