My personal style signifiers are a cubic ring engraved with a black line that was designed by my partner and made by jewellery designer Sarah Herriot, and my contemporary black clothing by Boris Bidjan Saberi. These, worn with a pair of Rick Owens’ chunky, graphic black and white trainers, make up my uniform. borisbidjansaberiny.com. sarahherriot.com. Similar trainers, £725; rickowens.eu.
The last thing I bought and loved was a pair of pyritised ammonites. They’re 120 million years old, come from the Ural Mountains and have a sculptural nautilus shape. Their proportions are perfect for my sitting room. Price on request; dalerogersammonite.com.
And the thing I’m eyeing next is a Dymaxion Folding Globe. In 1946, Buckminster Fuller patented a map that presents geographical information without breaks in continental contours or distortion of their shape or size. Designer Brendan Ravenhill has reimagined it as a magnetic globe that’s beautiful, whether flat or a three-dimensional object. £17.50; areaware.eu.
The best souvenirs I’ve brought home are photographs taken with my Leica D-Lux 7. One of the most interesting series I’ve shot recently was in Iran. The scenery was phenomenal – the expansive space, the mountains – and these images will be adapted into a stage design for the Royal Opera House. £995; leicastore-uk.co.uk.
The last book I read was The White Book by Han Kang. It begins with a list of white things – rice, salt, snow – and transitions into a meditation on the life and death of the author’s newborn sister. I found it extremely powerful.
The grooming products I’m never without are Byredo Bal d’Afrique perfume with its subtle scents of African marigold and Moroccan cedarwood. I’m also a big fan of Crème de la Mer moisturiser and I’ve been using it for years. Byredo Bal d’Afrique, £105 for 50ml EDP; byredo.co.uk. Crème de la Mer moisturiser, £225 for 60ml; cremedelamer.co.uk.
The last thing I added to my wardrobe was a black and white striped Haider Ackermann shirt. It’s strong, made of a fabric that falls beautifully on the body. I love Ackermann’s brave, often unusual clothing. haiderackermann.com.
The last meal that truly impressed me was at abcV in New York. I’m a vegan and always on the hunt for places that offer plant-based, organic cooking. This Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant is very special – I had a delicious breakfast of einkorn pancakes, banana, pear, salted coconut butter and maple syrup. 38 East 19th St, New York, NY 10003 (+1212-475 5829; jean-georges.com).
The best gift I’ve given recently was a set of three Korean pine-tree notebooks that I chose for a friend. They’re precious and tactile and I couldn’t pick one, so instead went for all three. I love stationery and discovered these at Magma, at a pop-up it did with the Korea Institute of Design Promotion. £5.99; 117-119 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1 (020-7242 9502; magma-shop.com).
And the best ones I’ve received recently are three Edmund de Waal ceramics: a small piece of porcelain with gold set in a little box; a shelf with a small pot on it given to me by the artist; and a tall, slender vase with a hint of blue that is pure perfection. They now live together as a family. edmunddewaal.com.
My favourite websites are Maria Popova’s BrainPickings.org, where I learn about art, science and literature, and HereEast.com, a site devoted to the east-London tech, media and business campus that sprang up after the Olympics.