The Aesthete: Peter Ting talks personal taste

Ceramicist Peter Ting creates distinctive designs for Thomas Goode and Fortnum & Mason and established Ting-ying.com, showcasing Blanc de Chine porcelain

Peter Ting at home in London
Peter Ting at home in London | Image: Daniel Stier

My personal style signifiers are my glasses by Subcrew, which I have worn forever, and my African snake-vertebrae bracelets. I first spotted them on the wrist of Trent Read, owner of the South African gallery Knysna Fine Art, and he got two for me. shop. wearethesubcrew.com.

The last thing I bought and loved was a painting, Untitled Sap Green/Red, by the American artist Michelle Grabner. I have a small collection of her work and I love the way she approaches her craft. This piece is painted on sacking and the green and red checks call to mind a cake iced with a gingham design. rocketgallery.com.

Alison Britton jug-form ceramic
Alison Britton jug-form ceramic

And the thing I’m eyeing next is a piece by Alison Britton. The abstract jug-form ceramics she made in the 1970s were hugely influential – her newer work demands a deep emotional response from me. Marsden Woo Gallery, 229 Ebury St, SW1 (020-7336 6396; marsdenwoo.com).

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a single-breasted, three-button jacket in bright navy blue from Boglioli in Milan. I always buy my clothes in Italy because they believe that everyone, whatever their size, should look beautiful. From £650; Via San Pietro All’orto 17, 20121 Milan (+3902-7639 4051; boglioli.it).

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A recent “find” is Best Made in New York. I went in because I liked the red cross logo and discovered it was a camping shop. To my surprise, I spent ages lusting after the pocket knives. $98; 36 White St, New York, NY 10013 (+1646-478 7092; bestmadeco.com).

The best gift I’ve given recently is a silver and labradorite ring by Ambroise Degenève, to my partner, Brian. We saw it at Galerie Tactile in Geneva’s Old Town and he fell in love with the four huge, cut stones. $850; 8 Place du Grand-Mézel, 1204 Geneva (+4122-310 2156; tactile.ch).

From left: Best Made leather-handled pocket knife, $98. Perfumer H Rain Cloud fragrance, from £180 for 100ml. Ting’s Patek Philippe Calatrava watch with its new strap
From left: Best Made leather-handled pocket knife, $98. Perfumer H Rain Cloud fragrance, from £180 for 100ml. Ting’s Patek Philippe Calatrava watch with its new strap

And the best one I’ve received recently is a new strap for my Patek Philippe Calatrava watch. It was a gift from my father, but it had a very formal black strap, so it spent years languishing in a drawer. This new tobacco-brown strap, which was an early birthday present, has suddenly liberated it as a casual, everyday classic. patek.com.

The grooming staple I’m never without is Rain Cloud by Lyn Harris from Perfumer H. It’s quite a heavy, flowery scent with ylang ylang and vanilla and I love the name. From £180 for 100ml; 106A Crawford St, London W1 (020-7258 7859; perfumerh.com).

Postcard Teas in London
Postcard Teas in London

An indulgence I would never forgo is Master Luo’s Long Jing tea from Timothy D’Offay’s Postcard Teas, which is fired in a large wok. I like to mix it with Barry’s Tea from Ireland; I don’t have a recipe, I just vary the amounts according to how smoky I’m feeling. From £13; Postcard Teas, 9 Dering St, London W1 (020-7629 3654; postcardteas.com). From €3.59; Barry’s Tea, barrysteashop.ie.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d chooseHong Kong, where I was born. It’s a small city so I treat it as a neighbourhood, but it’s so exciting and mixed. You move from high-end to low in no time at all. There’s the Sin Tat Plaza with its crazy phone shops and then über-sophisticated places such as Brandon Chau’s Attire House, which is like a mini Savile Row, with a barber and a cocktail bar; and Michelle Ong’s exquisite Carnet jewellery boutique. I also like the Louis Vuitton book section, where I have picked up many special gifts for my godchildren. Attire House, 29th Floor, 8 Wyndham St (+852‑2619 9007; attire-house.com). Carnet, 119 Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd (+852-2805 0113; carnetjewellery.com). Louis Vuitton, G005-006, 5 Canton Rd (+852-8100 1182; louisvuitton.com). Sin Tat Plaza, Sincere House, 83 Argyle St (+852-2125 2538). 

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My favourite websites and apps are Sasha Young’s website WrightandSmith.com, which showcases crafted homewares; and the Citymapper app, because I have no sense of direction or patience to wait for buses.

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