Ket­tle’s Yard, Cam­bridge

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I first dis­cov­ered Ket­tle’s Yard many years ago. I be­came re­ally into mod­ern Bri­tish art – peo­ple like Henri Gaudier-brzeska and Ben Ni­chol­son. I’ve been many times. As an en­vi­ron­ment it has been an in­flu­ence on me.

It was nice to show things out of their usual con­text. Pre-col­lec­tions have be­come so im­por­tant, it’s how to tackle them. I find it dif­fi­cult to pro­duce clothes for the sake of it so there needs to be some kind of con­text. The boots [pic­tured, right] were such an ob­ject in the space. It was a very in­ter­est­ing mar­riage of things.

I think what is so in­cred­i­ble is that the over­all space is an art piece. It’s about one man’s vi­sion be­cause we do that any­way in life – we at­tract things into some sort of per­sona around us. As a de­signer you have to live in some kind of odd fan­tasy.

A Way of Life [a guide to the house, which An­der­son gave his guests as a part­ing gift] is such a beau­ti­ful book. Af­ter I went up re­cently I be­came ob­sessed with the shad­ows in my house. I would love to knock a wall down so you have light com­ing in from one side to the other. You learn some­thing from a book like this – it makes you look at life. It’s all about value. That’s what I love about Ket­tle’s Yard: it’s about the peb­ble which is free; the feather which is free. It doesn’t have to be per­fect. I think we are ob­sessed with this idea of per­fect lives. Some­times it’s about the bro­ken plate. When I went to Shang­hai re­cently I found a plate for a pound, 17th cen­tury, bro­ken in four but it had been nailed to­gether with riv­ets. I loved that.

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