Culture

American Ironist

They don’t get more Anglophile than the American playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz. His favourite writers are Harold Pinter,…

22 Sep 2012
Lisa Hankow paints a giant map of Berlin in the city centre. The art installation is at the scale of 1:775, created to coincide with the 775th anniversary of Berlin, which the city will celebrate in October.

Painting the Town

How do you know if you are living in a city whose fortunes are on the rise? You might have…

22 Sep 2012

The World in an Oyster

I nearly always wear pearls. When I was a little girl I had a picture of Louise Brooks on my…

22 Sep 2012

Built to Last

Sycamore House in Clapham Old Town is home to Tim Gosling and the design business that bears his name. This…

22 Sep 2012

Slice

I do not like pain on any occasion — even with pregnancy, I asked for morphine a week after I found…

22 Sep 2012

No Baggage

I got my first serious piece of luggage in 1995. I’d just started working at the New York headquarters of…

22 Sep 2012

The Wish List

TREASURE HUNT 01 Chronometro Gondolo rose gold watch with brown alligator strap, £26,100, PATEK PHILIPPE; 02 18ct gold fly fishing…

22 Sep 2012

After Maggie

I first met Alexandra Roach at a Bafta dinner at Dean Street Townhouse thrown by Harvey Weinstein. As I recall,…

22 Sep 2012
Stella Tennant, American Vogue, New York 2006

View from Peru

A couple of years ago I had an exhibition at the MALI Museo de Arte in Lima. On seeing the…

23 Jun 2012

An Age in Autumn

There shouldn’t be anything left to say about Roger Federer. The superlatives ought to be exhausted, the eulogies weary, the…

23 Jun 2012

Personality Please

Working for House & Garden, I meet interior designers on a regular basis and see new interior projects daily, either in…

23 Jun 2012

A Stitch in Time

In a few days, I’ll have been married for six months — so we’ll drain a few bottles of red,…

23 Jun 2012

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall has walked into the room and — nope — my movie-star radar still hasn’t started beeping. I don’t…

23 Jun 2012
Angelina Jolie with jeweller Robert Procop

Rock Stars

It started, not with a kiss, but with scent. Celebrities ‘created’ ‘perfumes’ aimed at their fan bases. The result being…

23 Jun 2012

The Wish List

BEST OF BRITISH 01 Ministry chronograph in rose gold, £16,950, DENT; 02 ALT1-C, £3,945, BREMONT; 03 Limited-edition rose gold watch…

23 Jun 2012

Pop Fiction

To the West, Chinese literature is a takeaway that comes in two flavours — the ancient classic that offers sage…

23 Jun 2012

A career in sex

Awards ceremonies are big. People love cheering the walk to the podium, love it even more when they’re the ones…

22 Jun 2012

Primogeniture Chic

If David Cameron seems at his most impassioned when praisingBritish entrepreneurs, it’s because he has two women very clearly in…

31 Mar 2012
Portrait Polly Borland

Leanne Benjamin

Watch Leanne Benjamin slot her tiny frame into the corner of a sofa and you can easily believe she could…

31 Mar 2012

World View

Bathers Albania, 2006 What I like about Tom’s pictures is that they don’t state the obvious. He has a singular…

31 Mar 2012

A Vote (and a Prayer) for Beautiful Architecture

If you magically brought back to life an ancestor from 200 years ago and gave them a quick tour around…

31 Mar 2012

Joining the Big League

In 1996, a star baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves named Mark Wohlers gave up a crucial home run in…

31 Mar 2012
Sean Connery shopping for clothes in 1967. These days James Bond would buy his knitted silk ties online

Of Mice and Menswear

Of the many sorrows bestowed upon man at the Fall, the most tiresome was his sudden compulsion to wear clothes.…

31 Mar 2012
Timeless: Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques Ultra-fine 1968

Heart on Sleeve

My father recently gave me one of his dress watches, one I’d never seen him wear other than in photographs…

31 Mar 2012

The Wish List

BRAND NEW HEIRLOOMS Clockwise from bottom left: late Victorian silver candlesticks, £520;  engraved Victorian celery vase, £90; engraved Victorian decanter,…

31 Mar 2012

Sacred Cow

In April, Tate Modern opens a Damien Hirst show that will be on display all the way through theOlympics, as…

31 Mar 2012