November 26 2010
My style icon is the Australian designer Marc Newson. For me, he is the greatest designer in the world. I cannot stand sharp lines and angles, so I am in awe of his way of mastering curves and his ability to make things look so organic. His Lockheed Lounge and Embryo Chair are both out of this world. www.marc-newson.com.
The site that inspires me is the River Nile in Egypt. Four years ago we took a flat-bottomed boat for two weeks and sailed up the Nile, stopping off wherever we wanted to. It was just the most exciting, mysterious and intriguing adventure.
The last meal that truly impressed me was a dinner at the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Quintessence in Tokyo. Before Quintessence, the chef, Shuzo Kishida, worked in France at L’Astrance with Pascal Barbot. But what he is doing in Tokyo is really amazing. He has taken l’art de la cuisson to an extraordinary level of perfection. And the wine list is pretty good too. Having said that, my all-time favourite restaurant is still Tetsuya’s in Sydney. I’ve been going there for 20 years. Restaurant Quintessence, 1F Barbizon 25 building, 5-4-7 Shiro k ane d ai, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 108-0071, Japan (+813-5791 3711; www.quitessence.jp). Tetsuya’s, 529 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW Wales 2000 (+612-9267 2900;www.tetsuyas.com).
An object I would never part with is my Leica D-Lux 4 digital camera. Photography is another passion and hobby. I never go anywhere without it and use it constantly for my blog. I love the quality and the convenience because I can hide it in my pocket. I hate big cameras that are too intrusive. This is just perfect. www.leica-camera.com.
An indulgence I’d never forego is rose Turkish Delight. What I like about it is that it isn’t too sweet or cloying. I only buy it at Noura, which is the best in Paris. 121 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris (+331-4320 1919; www.noura.com).
The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a black Christian Dior suit. I wear it a lot because it looks and feels great. Best of all, it makes me look slim. www.dior.com.
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is the great Argentine painter and sculptor Lucio Fontana. I would really love to own some of his work, but sadly, I cannot afford it. So I have to admire it from afar.
My favourite room is our big open kitchen with its huge fireplace. We don’t just use it for cooking, but do a lot of entertaining there too. For me, it is the heart and soul of the house and we spend a lot of time there as a family.
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose SoHo in New York City. There is such a concentration of amazing stuff, from art to shops to restaurants. And there’s such a sense of style to the place. So whenever I visit Manhattan, I always stay at a hotel in SoHo. There’s nowhere quite like it.
The grooming staple I’m never without is Clinique Clarifying Lotion. I am not really one for grooming, but I’ve been using this for years. www.clinique.co.uk.
If I didn’t live in a tiny village just outside Reims, I’d either live in Barcelona or San Francisco. As a winemaker, I’ve lived in both and know I would be totally happy in either. What’s great about San Francisco is the space, the light and the relationship of the city to the sea. Barcelona is great for different reasons – mainly its unbelievable buzz. The place just vibrates with life, sophistication and art.
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be an architect. It’s what I wanted to be when I was a teenager. However, I ended up studying medicine before I became an oenologist. I am still very interested in medicine, but my abiding passion is for architecture.