The Aesthete: Bodo Sperlein talks personal taste

As creative director of both his eponymous design studio and technology brand Loewe, Bodo Sperlein’s portfolio stretches from tableware to televisions

Bodo Sperlein at home in London
Bodo Sperlein at home in London

My personal style signifier is my Filson field bag in navy-blue cotton twill and leather. It combines practicality and elegance, and I’ve used it for my daily commute ever since I bought it four years ago. From £245; 9 & 13 Newburgh St, London W1 (020-7434 3007; filson.com).

Sperlein’s Filson field bag
Sperlein’s Filson field bag

The last thing I bought and loved was a Siemens iQ700 Compact Steam Oven. As an avid cook who also loves gadgets, I’m amazed that it’s taken me so long to discover steam – but now I have, there’s no going back. It cooks a chicken to perfection. £1,309; siemens-home.bsh-group.com.

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The thing I’m eyeing next is Nya Nordiska’s Cosy upholstery fabric in a smart neutral. I’m not really a soft-furnishings type of guy, but this high-quality, knitted-effect fabric is really contemporary and would be perfect on my early-edition Hans Wegner dining chairs. £102.60 per sq m; 132-134 Lots Rd, London SW10 (0800-069 9610; nya.com).

Alki armchair upholstered in Nya Nordiska Cosy fabric, £102.60 per sq m
Alki armchair upholstered in Nya Nordiska Cosy fabric, £102.60 per sq m

The people I rely on for wellbeing are the osteopaths at the Rebalance Clinic in the Rambert Dance Company building. They work miracles, and you can watch dancers rehearse while you wait to be seen. From £75, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 (020-7127 8127; rebalanceclinic.co.uk).

His Special Edition Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar watch
His Special Edition Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar watch

A recent find is Shepherds, a traditional paper and bookbinding store in Pimlico. I walked past one day and couldn’t resist going in; it’s a little reminder in our digital world of how lovely it is to write on paper. I find it comforting that there are still unusual independent shops like this in London. 30 Gillingham St, London SW1 (020-7233 9999; bookbinding.co.uk).

Pashley Countryman bicycle, from £1,295
Pashley Countryman bicycle, from £1,295

The best gift I’ve given recently was one of Loewe’s Bild 9 floorstanding televisions in graphite-grey. It was a gift to a good friend who needed a new TV for his architect-designed flat. No other television would have been stylish enough. From £4,990; loewe.tv.

Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst in Munich
Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst in Munich

And the best one I’ve received recently was a very stylish Special Edition Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Range Rover Velar watch, for winning the Land Rover BORN Award 2017. Zenith has an amazing heritage: every watch is made by hand in Switzerland, and adventurers such as the skydiver Felix Baumgartner wear them. £7,200; zenith-watches.com.

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The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Naum Gabo, a key figure of the constructivist movement. He was a pioneer of kinetic sculpture and used unusual materials like acrylic, which was highly innovative in the 1920s. That really resonates with me. artsy.net.

An object I would never part with is my Pashley Countryman bicycle. Mine is bluey-grey with a nice Brooks leather saddle; it’s sporty and elegant, and just what I need to get me through the London traffic in style. From £1,295; pashley.co.uk.

If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is my hometown, Munich. It has a very calm atmosphere, but so much to offer: there are 61 theatres, for example, and the Pinakothek der Moderne museum boasts one of the largest design collections in the world. For shopping I like Quittenbaum, a remarkable auction house specialising in 20th-century design, and the food market Viktualienmarkt. Man Versus Machine is the best independent coffee roaster in Bavaria and is the first place I visit in the morning, while my favourite spot for the evening is the Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst: you can sip a mezcal cocktail while you study 1930s murals showing the geographical regions of the world. Goldene Bar, Prinzregentenstrasse 1, 80538 (+4989-5480 4777; goldenebar.de). Man Versus Machine, Müllerstrasse 23, 80469 (mvsm.coffee). Pinakothek der Moderne, Brarerstrasse 40, 80333 (+4989-2380 5360; pinakothek.de). Quittenbaum, Theresienstrasse 60, 80333 (+4989-2737 02125; quittenbaum.de). Viktualienmarkt, Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331 (+4989-8906 8205).

My favourite app is Muybridgizer, a Tate Britain app that allows you to turn yourself into a fun piece of Muybridge photography.

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