My cul­tural life

An ar­biter of taste tells us what they’re read­ing, watch­ing and more

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Model, muse and lux­ury-travel writer Laura Bai­ley re­veals her artis­tic in­flu­ences

Bai­ley be­gan her ca­reer in mod­el­ling, but this stylish poly­math has since worked with Ox­fam, writes a col­umn for Bri­tish Vogue, is the cul­tural am­bas­sador for the Bri­tish Fash­ion Coun­cil and a pa­tron of The Pho­tog­ra­phers’ Gallery – as well as be­ing a Chanel muse and am­bas­sador for Save the Chil­dren. Now she is turn­ing her sense of ad­ven­ture to a new role, writ­ing lo­ca­tion-in­spired read­ing lists and tips for Oetker’s glam­orous ho­tels, from Lon­don’s Lanes­bor­ough to Ho­tel du Cap-eden-roc ( 5) in the south of France. ‘I’m hap­pi­est on the road,’ she says, ‘whether re­turn­ing to a favourite place or dis­cov­er­ing the new.’ (@lau­rabai­ley­lon­don; oetk­er­col­lec­tion.com).

My favourite piece of mu­sic? If I had to choose just one it would be Nick Cave’s al­bum, The Boat­man’s Call. Along­side Leonard Co­hen’s Songs from a Room and Per­golesi’s Sta­bat Mater – mostly for all the mem­o­ries of boyfriends, girl­friends, danc­ing and ad­ven­tures.

At the mo­ment I’m lis­ten­ing to Ev­ery­thing Is Recorded by Richard Rus­sell ( 3). I’m also ob­sessed with his col­lab­o­ra­tors, In­fi­nite and Ibeyi, and went to see them all play live in a dis­used Hack­ney leisure cen­tre last sum­mer.

The books that have in­spired me are

Jeanette Win­ter­son’s The Pas­sion; Gabriel Gar­cía Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy and Michael Craig-martin’s On Be­ing an Artist ( 1). My favourite films in­clude Michelan­gelo An­to­nioni’s L’eclisse and Red Desert – both star­ring the fan­tas­tic Mon­ica Vitti ( 4) – as well as pretty much ev­ery­thing by the Coen broth­ers. I have a favourite gallery in ev­ery city, but the Louisiana Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, a short train ride from Copen­hagen, is a treat – the tow­er­ing Gi­a­cometti statue ( 6) is a fan­tasy back­drop to my kids’ games of hide and seek.

The last play I saw in Lon­don was

Machi­nal at The Almeida, which starred my step-sis­ter Emily Ber­ring­ton. She was ex­tra­or­di­nary. The Jun­gle and The In­her­i­tance, di­rected by my friend Stephen Daldry, were also re­cent high­lights. I will al­ways trea­sure the pho­to­graphs given to me by my friend Sam Tay­lor-john­son and paint­ings by So­phie de Stem­pel – es­pe­cially one in oils of my son as a baby in my arms. I also have a tiny Tracey Emin wa­ter­colour draw­ing, I’m Al­ways Here. My favourite place to visit in the world? I’m by na­ture a lone ad­ven­turer, most mem­o­rably trav­el­ling to Rwanda and Uganda to see the sil­ver­back go­ril­las, and criss­cross­ing Kenya ( 2) and Tan­za­nia. But, when I want to fully re­lax, I re­turn to the South of France and, when the stars align, to the fa­bled Ho­tel du Cap-eden-roc. All I re­ally want for Christ­mas is a puppy, but I’ve been say­ing that for a while now. I want to treat my best friend, Leona, to a night in Paris at Le Bris­tol ho­tel, and pick up Chanel brooches and hair bows for the rest of my gang. I’ll buy skate­board­ing para­pher­na­lia for my son and ice-skates for my daugh­ter. But the best presents from them will be drawn or made – a poem, por­trait, mug or a bowl.

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