My personal style signifier is wearing navy‑blue clothes. Colour is so important in my work that I don’t want anything to detract from what I create. And it makes getting dressed simple.
And the thing I am eyeing next is a Citroën DS 21 Pallas in navy blue. I’ve loved its elegant curves and unique character since my teens – I dream of driving around the Côte d’Azur with the roof down.
The last item I added to my wardrobe was a pair of Red Wing’s Rover 2951 round-toe boots. I spend a lot of time in factories, so I need something tough on my feet – and these are proper American work boots. They’re cool too; Steve McQueen wore them. £249; 17 Newburgh St, London W1 (020-7287 5007; redwinglondon.com).
An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to recently is Monte Grappa in the Venetian Prealps, for a shoot. When we arrived it was -20°C but the sun rose as we got to the summit; the effect of the pinky-blue tones of the sky against the purity of the snow was spectacular.
And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is a slab of Brazilian Azul Macaubas granite. I came across it at a suppliers in Slovenia – I’d never seen such an array of natural textures and colours before. I’m hoping to transform it into a console table.
A recent “find” is the tailoring and antiques shop Labassa Woolfe in London. Joe Woolfe and Johan Labassa’s bespoke suits are wonderfully detailed, and mixing tailoring with French antiques makes for a very interesting environment. 6 Percy St, London W1 (020-3205 0111; labassawoolfe.com).
An object I would never part with is my taxidermy lobster. When I explained my rather odd passion for the unexpected intricacy and colours of taxidermy crustaceans to my wife, she was horrified – but she bought this for me anyway. I see it as a rather unconventional symbol of her unconditional love. From £2,100; londontaxidermy.com.
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Constantin Brancusi. His work has a primal element combined with a softness that resonates with my aesthetic.
The last meal that truly impressed me was at a Fondue in the Sky pop-up restaurant in Verbier: Swiss moitié-moitié fondue made with Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois, accompanied by a delicious white wine by Jean-René Germanier, which I ate in a cable car hanging high above the mountains. fondueinthesky.com.
The best gift I’ve given recently is a 19th‑century shell, ruby and emerald necklace to my wife Amalia, after she lost a very special one from her grandmother. I didn’t want to replace it, but I did want to find something that fulfilled the same role of being a future heirloom that she could wear every day. Saint Esprit, Bourbon Hanby Antiques Arcade, 151 Sydney St, London SW3 (020-7351 3030).
An indulgence I would never forgo is switching off my phone at night.
If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is Florence. I studied history of art there in my 20s, and the shapes and colours of the Franciscan church Santa Croce, and its Pazzi Chapel, still have a significant influence on my work. I always visit the perfumery Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, a paradise of history and scent; and the vaulted contemporary design gallery Flair, where unique art and furniture is curated with Italian panache. In the evenings, I relive my youth with a Campari spritz at Cabiria Lounge Bar in Piazza Santo Spirito. Basilica di Santa Croce, Piazza di Santa Croce 16 (santacroceopera.it). Cabiria Lounge Bar, Piazza Santo Spirito 4r (+39055-215 732; cafecabiria.com). Flair, Lungarno Corsini 24r (+39055-267 0154; flair.it). Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Via della Scala 16 (+39055-216 276; smnovella.com).
My favourite apps are Spotify, because I can’t work without music, and the weather app Dark Sky because I am half English and therefore obsessed with it.