Andrea Watson
  • Food for thought – five of the best autumn art shows Last Supper in Pompeii When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the people of Pompeii were doing what Romans loved best – eating, drinking and producing food from the many kitchen gardens and vineyards serving the city. Last Supper in Pompeii explores this ancient Italian love affair through exquisite mosaics, wall paintings, statues and objects, many […] August 11, 2019
  • William Morris…Victorian wallpaper maker and anarchist You’d be forgiven for thinking that the designs of William Morris – his trellises and willows and honeysuckles – are a little out-of-date and irrelevant. Popular designs like Strawberry Thief adorn cushions and mugs but do they really fit the modern interior? Surprisingly, not only have these botanical themes made a massive comeback but Morris […] July 22, 2019
  • Crossing continents with Vastu – how Indian beliefs are changing homes Centred on a haunted house in the suburbs of Mumbai, the Indian horror film Vaastu Shastra takes its title from ancient Vedic principles of architecture. The plot involves a young family who move to their new home with an old banyan tree in the garden. As the film rapidly descends into gore and nonsense, we […] June 24, 2019
  • Billionaire who can’t give up work because he signed the Giving Pledge The rich are famously time poor. But with P.N.C. Menon, the billionaire founder of Sobha Realty, it’s not like that. The Indian-born property mogul, who recently opened an office in Park Lane, Mayfair (ironically in premises vacated by Foxtons) lives up to the image of a “suited yogi” and seem genuinely time rich as we […] June 5, 2019
  • Extinction Rebellion’s home invasion Is the botanical trend in interiors a response to climate change? From bees and butterflies to pandas and marine creatures botanically inspired interiors are the cult look. It is ironic given that some people say we’ve only about a decade left before the climate apocalypse kicks in. But what the hell, put a bee on […] May 9, 2019
  • Weimar marks Bauhaus centenary Walter Gropius founded the famous German art movement known as Bauhaus not in Berlin, as many people think, but in Weimer, a city some three hours drive to the south west. The original Bauhaus school in Weimar closed in 1925 and a second school opened in Dessau which also closed after a few years. The […] March 11, 2019
  • New wave art The latest Knight Frank Weath Report, published in March, has some generalised data on one of the assets most prized by High Net Worths – yachts: how many, where they sail and so on. Unlike cars, yachts are not on the asset value list Objects of Desire because – presumably – they lose value. They […] March 6, 2019
  • Best exhibitions in Europe for spring 2019 Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway One of Norway’s greatest and most original landscape artists, Harald Sohlberg, finally gets a show in the UK. Born in 1869, he was a close contemporary of Edvard Munch (The Scream) and like Munch, outside the mainstream of contemporary art. The label of symbolist has fallen on Sohlberg’s shoulders however much […] January 31, 2019
  • Why is Sardinia a Blue Zone dream? MENTION Sardinia and most people will automatically respond with: “have you been to Porto Cervo?” This is the superyacht marina on the Costa Smeralda developed by the Aga Khan back in the 1960s and a magnet ever since for celebrities of all descriptions from the Clooneys to Barack Obama. Embed from Getty Images But for […] January 16, 2019
  • Manhattan’s boardrooms changing into bedrooms “Alexander Hamilton must be turning in his grave, ” commented a local shopkeeper, referring to the father of American banking as a series of landmark buildings in New York are converted into luxury apartments. But would he? It’s more likely that the visionary statesman – whose colourful life is celebrated in the rap musical Hamilton […] November 16, 2018