The Aesthete: Christopher Jenner talks personal taste

The designer’s oeuvre spans interior, product, furniture and conceptual design, and collaborations with Globe-Trotter, Diptyque and Eurostar

Christopher Jenner at home in west London
Christopher Jenner at home in west London | Image: Mark C O’Flaherty

My personal style signifiers are my Tricker’s brogues. I’ve been going to them for nearly 20 years and always have several different pairs. I like how heavy they are; they make me feel grounded. From £375; 67 Jermyn St, London SW1 (020‑7930 6395; trickers.com).

The last thing I bought and loved was a Jack Van der Molen armchair from the 1950s – part of his Americana Casual collection for the Jamestown Lounge Company. It has the perfect balance between minimal line and sculptural detail. Similar from £1,167; 1stdibs.com.

Montauk Point in East Hampton, New York
Montauk Point in East Hampton, New York | Image: Alamy

And the thing I’m eyeing next is a vast 12-arm brass chandelier from Stewart L Hofgartner of Below Stairs of Hungerford antiques in Berkshire. It’s from the 1850s and is completely rusted – I’m going to have it restored. belowstairs.co.uk.

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a Nycra bomber jacket from CP Company, inspired by the MA-1 bomber. I love the military-grade nylon fabric. £375; cpcompany.co.uk.

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An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Montauk in East Hampton, an unpretentious fishing village with an anti-establishment charm. The bracing waters there gave me my first taste of surfing in the North Atlantic.

And the best souvenir I’ve brought home was some handmade, black-clay La Chamba pottery from Colombia. I saw an exhibition at the Museum of Antioquia about the country’s ceramics heritage and La Chamba featured prominently, so I went straight to Botero Plaza to buy bowls and plates. I love their organic forms and versatility. From £50; amazon.co.uk.

From left: Jenner’s CP Company Nycra bomber jacket, £375. Handmade black clay La Chamba stew pot, from £142. Tricker’s leather Norfolk brogues, £375
From left: Jenner’s CP Company Nycra bomber jacket, £375. Handmade black clay La Chamba stew pot, from £142. Tricker’s leather Norfolk brogues, £375

A recent “find” is Galerie Gimpel & Müller in Paris for its engaging selection of postwar abstract art, especially the geometric abstraction pieces. 12 Rue Guénégaud, 75006 Paris (+331-7716 0601; gimpel-muller.com).

The person I rely on for personal grooming is my barber Umberto Fiorilla at Atkinsons’ grooming salon in Mayfair. He’s a modern-day dandy with gifted hands and serious style. Haircut from £30; 40-41 Burlington Arcade, London W1 (020‑7998 6166; atkinsons1799.com).

The liver paté at Aquavit in London
The liver paté at Aquavit in London

An object I would never part with is my Bristol bike by Pelago. It has a Brooks leather saddle and a Dutch upright-style frame, but it’s very fast – unusual for this design. It has three gears and its weight is perfect for me. €650; pelagobicycles.com.

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Aquavit. I loved the liver pâté and traditional gravlax and herring platter, and the bread is amazing. It’s also super-glam, which isn’t what you think of when you hear “Nordic style”, but there’s so much more to the aesthetic when you scratch the surface. St James’s Market, 1 Carlton St, London SW1 (020-7024 9848; aquavitrestaurants.com).

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The best gift I’ve given recently is a cheese knife, from my Epicurean collection with E&Co, to a friend. It was nice to create something that’s completely, supremely functional, rather than narrative-based. £275; elkingtonandco.com.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Mitte in Berlin. It’s super-compact and has everything you need: history, culture, food… I draw all my work – I don’t know how to use a computer – so I always go to stationery store RSVP for pens: they have a lot of unusual stock from Japan. I also like the Zionskirchplatz farmers’ market, where I buy dark rye bread and seeded loaves, and The Barn Roastery – it’s really convivial and the coffee is good. The Barn Roastery, Schönhauser Allee 8 (thebarn.de). RSVP, Mulackstrasse 14 and 26 (+4930-3195 6410; rsvp-berlin.de).

My favourite website is Sothebys.com, for dreaming and scheming. I am particularly interested in Asian antiquities. I never go to the auctions in person, though – I just put in a bid according to what I am prepared to pay for something, and that’s my ceiling.

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