‘This is the most used room in the house. It contains things that I have been collecting since my teens. When we have guests, everybody gathers in here and loves it. You can’t get people out of this room — even the ones who are used to living in minimal contemporary spaces. It is a room that makes conversation easy. One feels at ease in here.
‘We have other rooms that are architecturally very serene and plain, and perhaps the talk is more serious in those parts of the house. I, too, sometimes need something more monastic — especially in the daytime. But the library is a room that embraces you; it gives of a kind of warmth. And it is absolutely an expression of my aesthetic.
‘I choose to look at art like a small child who knows nothing. First comes the heart’
‘I am very yin-yang: I like emptiness and fullness, old and new. For me there is no difference between ancient things and modern things — art is art, whether it is tens of years old or thousands of years. I choose to look at art like a small child who knows nothing. First comes the heart, the question of whether I am attracted to it; the thinking only starts after that.
‘Take the Buddha on the shelves. I inherited it from a friend of my parents — someone who inspired me greatly. That’s why I put it there. It is not a great quality piece, but I received it from the most amazing person. In my library, what matters is not only the piece itself, but how I came by it.
‘The pieces around the chimney breast have a particularly deep meaning for me, but there is a dialogue going on between every single object — and that makes all of them stronger. Nothing has a negative energy, or is wanting to be better than something else. Everything in my library is about peace, and about respect………………