The Aesthete: Wayne McGregor talks personal taste

The choreographer/director’s talents have been showcased at the Bolshoi Ballet, Old Vic and La Scala, as well as in fashion, film and music

McGregor at home in London
McGregor at home in London | Image: Harry Mitchell

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. Similar trainers, £725;

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;

McGregor’s ammonites, price on request
McGregor’s ammonites, price on request | Image: Harry Mitchell

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;

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;


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; Crème de la Mer moisturiser, £225 for 60ml;

McGregor’s Leica D-Lux 7, £995. His Haider Ackermann shirt. Byredo Bal d’Afrique, £105 for 50ml EDP
McGregor’s Leica D-Lux 7, £995. His Haider Ackermann shirt. Byredo Bal d’Afrique, £105 for 50ml EDP | Image: Harry Mitchell

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.

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;

Korean pine‑tree notebooks, £5.99, from Magma
Korean pine‑tree notebooks, £5.99, from Magma

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; 

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.

An Edmund de Waal ceramic McGregor got as a gift
An Edmund de Waal ceramic McGregor got as a gift | Image: Harry Mitchell

My favourite websites are Maria Popova’s, where I learn about art, science and literature, and, a site devoted to the east-London tech, media and business campus that sprang up after the Olympics.


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