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Where do you pop out for a quick bite to eat? There are lots of Viet­namese restau­rants that I’ll visit just to have one of their dishes.

Ev­ery­thing in its place or a place for ev­ery­thing? One of my twin daugh­ters is stay­ing with me at the mo­ment and is work­ing in a lo­cal deli. I don’t like hav­ing stuff ev­ery­where, so I’d like to think I’ve ed­u­cated her a bit in the art of clear­ing up af­ter your­self!

What’s your idea of an ideal week­end? Last week, I took my six-year-old daugh­ter, who lives with her mother in Not­ting Hill, to Wey­mouth and went in search of ra­zor clams. She re­ally got into it. I think it’s im­por­tant for kids to get out of the city and ex­pe­ri­ence things like that.

So, as well as mod­ern art and mid-cen­tury light­ing, what else do you like to col­lect? Glug-glug jugs. My grand­mother used to have one in her cup­board. They re­ally do make a ‘glug-glug’ sound when you pour wa­ter out of them…

Any fu­ture plans? I’m set­ting up a new col­lab­o­ra­tion with my spe­cial­ist con­trac­tor, Tekne, which fits out my restau­rants. It’s go­ing to be called Hix Homes and we’re just putting to­gether the brochure now.

‘I gut­ted the flat and took it back to its shell. I then reused some of the in­ter­nal brick­work else­where, in the bath­rooms, for ex­am­ple’

Liv­ing areaThe art­work in the book­case is ac­tu­ally the front of a pull-out drinks cab­i­net. ‘I kept walk­ing past this cab­i­net in the Paul Smith shop in May­fair and it had this hor­ri­ble Chi­nese paint­ing in the front,’ says Mark. ‘So I ended up buy­ing it and re­plac­ing the art­work with this.’ Get the look Visit the Paul Smith shop at No. 9 Albe­marle Street for one-off pieces of fur­ni­ture. The art­work at­tached to the front of the cab­i­net, en­ti­tledTiger Skin Lily, is byMat Col­lishaw.

Liv­ing area de­tailAn ar­range­ment of ob­jects is com­ple­mented by yet an­otherStil­novo light fix­ture. Get the look The sculp­ture, en­ti­tledRe­silience, Homage to Mathilda, is byHIX Award fi­nal­ist Geral­dine Buck­land.

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