My personal style signifier is a masculine blazer or overcoat; I like the boxy shape and oversized look. My favourites include an Acne overcoat in dark blue wool and a dove-grey one by Richard Nicoll. acnestudios.com.
The last thing I bought and loved was a pair of Lara Bohinc cylindrical marble and brass candleholders, made in collaboration with stone specialist Lapicida. I love their clean, modern lines and simple abstract shape. One is pale green, the other pink. From £420; lapicida.com.
And the thing I’m eyeing next is a plot of land in Gloucestershire – I’d like to put up a prefab modern house with huge picture windows. I’ve always been inspired by beautifully simple structures like Philip Johnson’s masterful Glass House in Connecticut. The London-based architectural practice Ecospace offers a similar aesthetic. ecospacestudios.com.
An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Japan’s Naoshima Island. One half of the island is devoted to Tadao Ando-designed contemporary art galleries; the other is still an industrial fishing town. Parts are quite rough-and-ready, but then you might stumble across a beautiful James Turrell installation on the site of a former temple. The island’s art collection as a whole is amazing and the natural light in the museums is incredible. We stayed at Benesse House, which is the island’s most significant museum as well as a hotel – you can get up and pad around the artworks in the middle of the night. benesse-artsite.jp.
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Ron Nagle, who makes very small, intriguingly beautiful and tactile – almost edible-looking – sculptures. I only discovered his work a year ago at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York and started delving deeper. 523 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011 (+1212-243 0200; matthewmarks.com).
A recent “find” is Bobby Dazzler, a doll-maker in Brick Lane set up by two illustrators. Their soft dolls are quite old-fashioned and eccentric-looking. I have ordered replicas of my two dogs, Tony and Trotsky. Made-to-order, £130; theworldofbobbydazzler.co.uk.
An object I would never part with is one of my boyfriend Mat Collishaw’s early works, Catching Fairies, made in his 20s. It’s a picture of him in Clapton Pond, seemingly catching fairies with a net. It is reminiscent of Victorian imagery and was quite a big piece at the time; it was on the cover of Frieze. He looks so young, and there’s something so sweet and hopeful about it.
The site that inspires me is the Dia:Beacon art gallery on the Hudson. It had a profound influence on my work when I went. It was showing a collection of American minimalists I loved, but it was the spectacular way the gallery presented the art that blew me away. I now think more carefully about how I exhibit my pieces – the frame, the plinth – and if there is a weak link I remove it or abandon the whole piece. 3 Beekman Street, New York, NY 12508 (+1845-440 0100; diaart.org).
If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is LA. I love the light and the way this pulsating metropolis is fringed by the sea on one side and countryside and canyons on the other. In terms of art, I could happily spend entire days at LACMA, and I like the artists represented at the Blum & Poe gallery, such as Matt Johnson, who makes minimal sculptures from everyday objects. Eames House in Pacific Palisades is another favourite – modernist design can feel clinical, but this house shows it can be cosy and practical too. Blum & Poe, 2727 La Cienega Boulevard (+1310-836 2062; blumandpoe.com). Eames Foundation, 203 Chautauqua Boulevard (+1310‑459 9663; eamesfoundation.org). LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (+1323-857 6010; lacma.org).
My favourite websites include the architecture site ArchDaily.com – I love scrolling through the amazing places and often take a screenshot to file away for inspiration – and Remodelista.com, for interiors ideas.