The Aesthete: Hakan Rosenius talks personal taste

The artistic director of Asprey leads the company’s product design and curates its fine and rare books department

Hakan Rosenius at home in London
Hakan Rosenius at home in London | Image: Kate Martin

My personal style signifier is my distinctive footwear. My shoe cupboard is like a Tardis; I have no idea how many pairs I have. Recently one of the racks actually collapsed. I’m having some leopard-print loafers made at the moment by Belgian Shoes in New York – they’re bespoke; you can bring your own material – and I am obsessing about them arriving. Price on request; belgianshoes.com.

Rosenius’s Homme Plissé Issey Miyake kimono coat, from £995
Rosenius’s Homme Plissé Issey Miyake kimono coat, from £995 | Image: Kate Martin

The last thing I bought and loved was a 1920s double-sided screen, with a French version of chinoiserie on one side and beautiful orange and grey flowers on the other. I found it at Jubilee Hall Antiques & Interiors, in the Cotswolds. Oak Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3AY (01367-253 777; jubileehall.co.uk).

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And the thing I’m eyeing next is a set of 19th-century Chinese rice-paper paintings from Durham House Antiques to add to my collection. I love the detail, and it fascinates me that the colours are still so vibrant centuries later. 48 Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1AA (01451-870 404; durhamhousegb.com).

Gravlax with mustard and dill sauce, served at Aquavit
Gravlax with mustard and dill sauce, served at Aquavit

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was an Issey Miyake kimono coat based on a print by the artist Katsushika Hokusai. In March, I was in Tokyo having lunch with a friend who used to work for Miyake. We went to the store, I saw this coat and I thought, “Well, this is completely impractical.” But I put it on and had to have it – I blame my friend. From £995; isseymiyake.com.

The island of Nantucket, off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The island of Nantucket, off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts | Image: Alamy

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Nantucket. We went for the Daffodil Festival in April. Everyone dresses in yellow for the parade and the whole island is covered with flowers. It’s beautiful. We stayed at Jared Coffin House – it’s a small, traditional hotel and almost like being in someone’s home. The interior is very classic, with a 19th-century feel. 29 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 (+1508-228 2400; jaredcoffinhouse.com).

Rosenius’s Meissen teapot
Rosenius’s Meissen teapot | Image: Kate Martin

And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is a Meissen teapot I found at the factory shop near Dresden. It is decorated in the “blue onion” pattern and is a most extraordinary bulbous shape. meissen.com.

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A recent “find” is Aquavit in London. The interior references midcentury Swedish design, with high ceilings that make it feel incredibly spacious. I ate smoked eel with root vegetables, beef Rydberg and rosehip soup for dessert. St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, London SW1 (020-7024 9848; aquavitrestaurants.com).

If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is Stockholm. It is spread across 14 islands, so lends itself to walking. I like to eat breakfast at Sturekatten, where the interiors haven’t changed since the 1920s, and stroll past the Royal Palace; it’s very imposing and has more than 600 rooms. I buy shoes at Sneakersnstuff, which has a huge selection, and visit Svenskt Tenn for the most fabulous furniture and fabrics by Josef Frank. For summer drinks, I go to Mälarpaviljongen, a café/bar with a view of the most amazing gardens created by my friend Kristina Björk. And for dining on winter evenings, it has to be The Flying Elk, a gastropub run by Michelin-starred chef Björn Frantzén. The Flying Elk, Mälartorget 15 (theflyingelk.se). Mälarpaviljongen, Norr Mälarstrand 64 (malarpaviljongen.se). Sneakersnstuff, Åsögatan 124 (sneakersnstuff.com). Sturekatten, Riddargatan 4 (sturekatten.se). Svenskt Tenn, Strandvägen 5 (svenskttenn.se).

The people I rely on for personal grooming are Joelene at The Refinery for manicures and pedicures, because she spends just enough time on my nails, and Ciaran at Stannard & Slingsby who cuts my hair once a month – he knows how to maintain my style and keeps the conversation light. The Refinery, 18 Grosvenor Street, London W1 (020-7409 2001; the-refinery.com). Stannard & Slingsby, 211‑213 Kensington High Street, London W8 (020-7937 0333; stannardandslingsby.com).

My favourite websites include Bukowskis.com for its Modern Art + Design auctions, where I find interesting pieces of Swedish and Finnish glass. Dukes-auctions.com is a recent find – I’ve yet to buy something but always see interesting porcelain and furniture.

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