A thought-provoking collection of German art

A Hong Kong financier’s personal passion for German art was ignited through the cultural patronage of his bank – and a plucky London gallerist. Emma Crichton-Miller reports. Portrait by Inga Beckmann

An inspirational collection of architect-designed furniture

The purchase of a cult Prouvé house proved pivotal to a property developer’s collection of midcentury modern design, which was built on years of passionate conversation with a gallerist friend. Kasia Maciejowska reports. Portrait by Léa Crespi

The art collectors turned creative collaborators

Leading collectors are taking their passion for art to a new level, becoming hands-on collaborators with like-minded artists to create works of agenda-setting impact and ambition. Emma Crichton-Miller meets them

A captivating collection of Scottish art

A venture capitalist’s restored mansion has been enlivened by an art adviser’s eye for vibrant depictions of local landscapes, says Emma Crichton-Miller. Portrait by Robert Ormerod
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A rare vintage jewellery collection

A chance encounter with a long-lost acquaintance-turned-dealer became the making of an Italian financier’s seminal jewellery collection for his wife, says Vivienne Becker. Portrait by Nicholas Calcott

Collecting vintage BMW motorcycles

A fast, comfortable classic that can go the distance on a daily basis? No wonder BMWs’ airhead-era models are gaining traction, says Simon de Burton

A mind-bending collection of contemporary abstract art

It was kismet when a Swiss entrepreneur, fascinated by works that play with geometry and optical illusions, found a kindred spirit to help build his private collection, says Emma Crichton-Miller. Portrait by Daniel Robert Hunziker

Buying rare whiskies by the cask

Whisky aficionados are no longer just collecting rare malts by the bottle – they’re buying them by the cask and savouring the slow pleasure of watching them mature. Alice Lascelles reports

Collecting 20th-century mobile art

Playful, dynamic and intriguing, mobiles by 20th-century masters are on the radar of big-name gallerists and canny collectors alike, says Virginia Blackburn