The Aesthete: Paul de Zwart talks personal taste

Paul de Zwart’s furniture brand Another Country is known for highly contemporary craft furniture – hardly surprising from the founding publisher of design magazine Wallpaper

Paul de Zwart at home in London
Paul de Zwart at home in London | Image: Sophia Spring

My personal style signifier is my Ikepod Wallpaper watch, designed by Marc Newson. We had a special edition created for the magazine with our asterisk logo on the face and the edition number in the time zone – mine is 001 of 399. It’s a daily reminder of those heady days. Ikepod Wallpaper Limited Edition watches, about £2,680; swissluxurywatches.ch

De Zwart’s Ikepod Wallpaper watch
De Zwart’s Ikepod Wallpaper watch | Image: Sophia Spring

The last thing I bought and loved was a Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato Evoluzione R coffee machine. There’s a lot of joy to be found in elevating your everyday rituals and this is a nice bit of kit that allows me to make high-quality coffee each morning – assuming that I do everything correctly. £1,649; bellabarista.co.uk

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And the thing I’m eyeing next is a Hotaru Marker light by Barber & Osgerby in collaboration with Twentytwentyone for our main living space. The lightness and modesty of this Japanese-style paper lantern appeals to me, and it will cast a warm light over the room. £345; 274/275 Upper St, London N1 (020-7288 1996; twentytwentyone.com).

His Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato Evoluzione R coffee machine, £1,649
His Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato Evoluzione R coffee machine, £1,649 | Image: Sophia Spring

The last music I downloaded was Steal by Maribou State, Courtney Barnett’s Need a Little Time, Tir Ha Mor by Gwenno and Fast Slow Disco by St Vincent. BBC Radio 6 Music is my musical universe and I download tracks that I pick up through constant listening.

Hotaru Marker light by Barber & Osgerby, £345
Hotaru Marker light by Barber & Osgerby, £345

A recent “find” is the shop at the Kasbah Bab Ourika hotel in Morocco. The souks can be overwhelming, but this boutique is a beautiful edit of locally made rugs, textiles, hand-blown glass and silverware. We bought a few choice items, including a moss-green throw for our bed, a lovely reminder of our travels. Ourika Valley, Tnine Ourika, Atlas Mountains (+2126-6874 9547; kasbahbabourika.com).

The Kasbah Bab Ourika hotel, Morocco
The Kasbah Bab Ourika hotel, Morocco

The best souvenir I have brought home is a 19th-century painted stoneware vase from Cappadocia in central Turkey. My wife Ariel and I bought it on one of our first trips together and it represents the two of us in our early courtship.

The vase he and his wife bought in Turkey
The vase he and his wife bought in Turkey | Image: Sophia Spring

An indulgence I would never forgo is my Friday night Boulevardier. It’s a take on the Negroni, using bourbon rather than gin.

His ST Dupont Gatsby lighter
His ST Dupont Gatsby lighter | Image: Sophia Spring

The best gift I’ve given recently was a cushion for my mother-in-law. She was telling me all about a vintage one with Ottomon motifs that she’d seen at textile dealer Susan Deliss’s showroom, and as it was her birthday the next day, I called Deliss and bought it for her. I collected it on my bicycle on my way to the celebration dinner. By appt, Notting Hill, London W11 (07768-805 850; susandeliss.com).

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The people I rely on for my personal wellbeing and grooming are osteopath Iqbal Hussein, who sorts out my aches and pains; the fantastic Dutch masseuse Astrid Spoon, who helps me relax; and hairdresser Sylvia Hashani. She’s been cutting the family’s hair for 15 years and still comes to the house, despite being art director at the Toni & Guy salon on the Holloway Road. Astrid Spoon, The Charterhouse Clinic, 98 Crawford St, London W1 (020-7221 1302; alignandmove.co.uk). Essensuals Toni & Guy, 466 Holloway Rd, London N7 (020‑7272 0022; toniandguy.com). Iqbal Hussein, 25 Upper Wimpole St, London W1 (020-7486 1920). 

An object I would never part with is my silver – and slightly dented – ST Dupont Gatsby lighter. I hold onto it because it’s a beautiful, tactile object – and I enjoy an occasional cigar. Gatsby Intersecting Lines lighter, £460; wheelersluxurygifts.com.

My favourite website is Themodernhouse.com. Seeing contemporary and modernist architecture in a domestic setting is a joy and a reminder that there’s an alternative to the ubiquitous Victorian terrace.

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