Josep Font talks personal taste: Part Two

The Delpozo creative director concludes his list of likes with Jean Seberg, colourful Spanish festivals and the best shopping in Madrid

Josep Font
Josep Font | Image: Javier Boisca

My style icons are many, but they include Jean Seberg – particularly in the technicolour 1950s film Bonjour Tristesse – because her modernity was always intriguing; and Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett because they are so poised, confident and intelligent.

The best gift I’ve given recently was a series of beautiful little Astier de Villatte plates with John Derian designs. Each one features a different bird – a sparrow, a swift, a pigeon – inspired by a 19th-century drawing and reimagined on a handmade white-glazed terracotta plate. From $85; www.astierdevillatte.com.

Josep Font’s dinosaur sculpture by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo
Josep Font’s dinosaur sculpture by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo | Image: Javier Boisca

And the best one I’ve received recently was a silver Virgin Mary of Vilnius icon from my best friend who lives in Barcelona. This piece is small but radiant and it’s very special to me.

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Peñaflor near Seville in Andalucia. I visited in August during the Nuestra Señora de Villadiego, a colourful romería with parades and feasts. The women were wearing traditional flamenco dresses and there were flowers everywhere. It was the people that made it so special, they’re so warm and welcoming. And the pescaíto frito – a local delicacy – which was fantastic. www.penaflor.es.

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And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is an abstract painting by Spanish artist Edgar Plans, which I found in the Palau de Casavells art gallery in the village of Casavells on the Costa Brava. Its bold colours make it much like a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting and I like its combination of slightly sinister and naïve qualities. The gallery is in a beautiful old palace and showcases interesting, emerging artists. Carrer Sant Isidre 2, 17121 Casavells, Girona (+346-7844 7376; www.palaudecasavells.com).

In my fridge you’ll always find carrots, lemons and ginger for the juices I like to make for breakfast, Milka chocolate and coconut water. I rarely eat meals at home and prefer to eat with friends from the studio.

Do Design, Madrid
Do Design, Madrid

If I didn’t live in Madrid, the city I would live in is New York. The energy is so strong and I always feel at home. The new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney is my favourite museum and I love strolling along the High Line and down to the West Village. I like the distinct ambience of the different neighbourhoods and the way small restaurants such as Hudson Clearwater – where I love the light-filled, quiet garden terrace – make the city seem calmer and more intimate. They give parts of it a local feel. Most of all, I love the diverse architecture; the iconic art deco Chrysler building is still my number one. The High Line, www.thehighline.org. Hudson Clearwater, 447 Hudson Street (+1212-989 3255; www.hudsonclearwater.com). The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street (+1212-570 3600; www.whitney.org).

An object I would never part with is a large, shiny red lacquer dinosaur sculpture that has become my lucky charm. I bought it many years ago in Barcelona and it now sits in a central spot in my living room in Madrid. It’s by Chinese artist Sui Jianguo and no matter where I live this piece always comes with me. www.suijianguo.com.

Do Design, Madrid
Do Design, Madrid

The books on my bedside table include Casi Sin Querer by Defreds, a poetry anthology that outlines the history of lovers; I don’t usually read poetry but this compilation is fresh and dynamic, and the poems are very concise, which is perfect at bedtime. And Puta No Soy by Charo Izquierdo, which addresses the trafficking of women – the author is a friend and I have been meaning to read this book for some time.

The site that inspires me is La Casa Luis Barragán in Mexico City. Barragán was a master of colour and space, and his home-turned-museum is full of beautiful outdoor terraces and areas that are both austere – volcanic stone floors, wooden roofs – and vibrant, with stained glass, murals and artworks, yet everything exists harmoniously. General Francisco Ramírez 12-14, Colonia Ampliación Daniel Garza, Mexico City 11840 (+5255-5515 4908; www.casaluisbarragan.org).

Josep Font’s abstract painting by Spanish artist Edgar Plans
Josep Font’s abstract painting by Spanish artist Edgar Plans | Image: Javier Boisca

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose the area around Calle de Fernando VI in Madrid. The Cacto-Cacto store is a fun place for cacti of all kinds, while Margarita Se Llama Mi Amor is a more traditional florist that makes beautiful arrangements from a tiny jewel-box shop. Do Design is a great concept store with a minimalist Scandi aesthetic that also has a lovely café, and Le Marché aux Puces is one of my favourite places for men’s clothing and accessories by Acne and emerging Spanish designers. Cacto-Cacto, Calle de Fernando VI 9 (+3491-310 3884). Do Design, Calle de Fernando VI 13 (+3491-310 6217; www.dodesign.es). Le Marché aux Puces, Calle de Fernando VI 2 (+3491-319 8019). Margarita Se Llama Mi Amor, Calle de Fernando VI 9 (+3491-025 9809; www.margaritasellamamiamor.wordpress.com).

The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing are Marcel at Marcel Peluquerias in Barcelona for my haircuts, and Raoul at José Navarro Studio when I need a trim in Madrid; I trust them both completely – so much so that Marcel often styles my shows too. I also go to BodyOn, an exercise studio in Madrid where they hook me up to electrodes that means I do three times the amount of exercise in a short period, which is key because I don’t have much time to keep fit. BodyOn, Calle Sagasta 18, 28004 Madrid (+3491-452 9783; www.bodyon.es). José Navarro Studio, Calle de la Ballesta 11, 28004 Madrid (+3491-523 8483; www.josenavarrostudio.blogspot.com). Marcel Peluquerias, Carrer de València 247, 08007 Barcelona (+3493-215 8999; www.marcelpel.com).

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If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be an architect as I trained and worked in this field before coming to fashion. I’m inspired by organic architecture and the work of Antoni Gaudí, Zaha Hadid and Le Corbusier. I would like to design homes – the only issue is that it can be hard to work with difficult clients.

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