My personal style signifier is the stack of 10 to 15 bangles I wear on my right wrist. I own 35 in total, all picked up on my travels over the years. My favourites are a pair of thin, silver cuffs by Majoral that I bought in Spain long ago. majoral.com.
The last thing I bought and loved was Morton Subotnick’s crazy 1971 electronic album Sidewinder, from Poo-Bah Record Shop in Pasadena. I’ve been buying my vinyl there for so long the owner has become a friend. 2636 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 (+1626-449 3359; poobah.com).
And the thing I’m eyeing next is the Slim d’Hermès 39.5mm watch in midnight blue. It is a perfect balance of simplicity, elegance and functionality, and its super-slim form makes it the perfect suit watch. £4,750; hermes.com.
The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a classic bomber jacket by PS Paul Smith. It’s a nice, punk-inspired take on the varsity jacket in a deep shade of black, with an elasticated Mandarin collar. paulsmith.com.
An unforgettable place I have travelled to in the past year is Slovenia. I spent a lot of time there when I was working on Collection IV, a 22-piece furniture collection for Sé, and I thought it was amazing. The people I met were super-hospitable and Ljubljana is clean, beautiful and has a really easy pace to it. se-collections.com.
And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is a suitcase full of African batik fabrics to add to my collection. I stumbled across a tiny shop – I think it was called Union Curios – on my first day in Cape Town and spent the entire afternoon chatting to the two women who run it. For similar try St George’s Mall, Cape Town Central, Cape Town.
A recent “find” is Droguerie Schneitter, a hardware shop in Neuchâtel. I moved to this French-speaking Swiss town recently and as I don’t speak the language it’s been hard to find certain things, such as polish for the silver parts on my pipe. It turns out this tiny, hole-in-the-wall place, one of the oldest in Neuchâtel, is something of a local legend. Rue de l’Hôpital 19, 2000 Neuchâtel (+4132-725 2452).
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. I like his message and the aesthetics. He buries the thought in sheer prettiness, which is what I like to do with my work too. gagosian.com.
The last meal that truly impressed me was a traditional Swiss la chasse meal at Restaurant Kreuz in Gals. We had game, including rabbit, venison and boar, to celebrate the start of the hunting season. Dorfstrasse 8, 3238 Gals (+4132-338 2414; kreuzgals.ch).
An object I would never part with is my Rubik’s Cube. I taught myself to do it in the same way that I learn most things, by practising until the solution became a muscle memory. I can pick up a cube and do it with one hand, more or less without looking. £9.99; uk.rubiks.com.
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Rue de Rhône in Geneva. I like to see what’s interesting in the window displays that the brands have created for the season, and I can’t resist looking at the watches in Hermès, Cartier and Patek Philippe Salon. I’ll stop for a coffee at the Riverside Café too. It is famous for its tea and hot chocolate and has a beautiful view of the Rhône meeting Lake Geneva. Cartier, 35 Rue du Rhône, 1204 (+4122-818 5454; cartier.com). Hermès, 39 Rue du Rhône, 1204 (+4122-819 0719; hermes.com). Riverside Café, 19 Rue du Rhône, 1204 (+4122-311 3200; riversidecafe.ch). Salon Patek Philippe, 41 Rue du Rhône, 1204 (+4122-809 5050; patek.com).
An indulgence I would never forgo is Haribo sweets. Every country has its own flavours and I enjoy discovering the local varieties when I travel. You can get wine-flavoured ones in Germany.
My favourite app is Watchville because it tells me what’s happening in the watch world. I’m not a collector, but I fell in love with the aesthetic years ago and now I’m designing them too. watchville.com.