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Sneak Peek: Inside the October Issue

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Your October issue of Country & Town House magazine is hitting newsstands this week, and this month it’s the design issue featuring cover stars Philip and Charlotte Colbert…

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Inside the October Interiors issue, you’ll find…

Pop Duo: What do lobsters, yoni vases and Nietzsche’s toenails have in common? Charlotte and Philip Colbert, of course. Caiti Grove meets art’s most playful pair at their Spitalfields studio.

Sister Act: Four female art insiders on the names to know and the exhibitions to catch this season.

Shifting Seascapes: From down-at-heel seaside town to Shoreditch-on-sea, Margate’s inexorable rise is gallery driven.

The Bucket List with Paloma Faith

Plus: Interiors Editor Carole Annett looks ahead to what the best-dressed houses will be wearing this season; Ed Vaizey’s first culture column looks at the phenomenon that is Frieze; Caroline Coon at Scarfe’s Bar; a weekend guide to Los Cabos; Rurbanist with Charlotte Olympia Dellal and much more.

Charlotte Philip Colbert

Our contributors share their dream home ideas and reveal their most cherished gadgets…

Ed Vaizey

What sparks design envy in you? Anyone who has had the chance to design their own home, especially if it is mainly steel and glass.

If you could live in any building, what would it be? Anything designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Not only are his houses ground-breaking and unique, but they adapt perfectly to their settings.

The most you’ve ever spent on an artwork is… About £1,500. I get prints from Counter Editions – it’s the best place to buy limited edition contemporary British artists.

Which artist would you most like to sit next to at the bar? Stanley Spencer, to try and discover why his self portrait has such a hold over me.

Lucie Muir

What sparks design envy in you?The Engine House in Suffolk. Each room in this beautifully restored industrial building is curated with a mix of modern and vintage furniture.

If you could live in any building, what would it be?A ramshackle villa on a remote Greek island.

The most you’ve ever spent on an artwork is…I inherited a pair of nude charcoal drawings by Maggi Hambling from my late mother, and Tracey Emin gifted me an embroidered handkerchief that reads: ‘Be faithful to your dreams’.

Which artist would you most like to sit next to at the bar? Picasso. We would discuss a mutual love of Breton tops and the latter part of his life on the French Riviera.


Carole Annett

What sparks design envy in you? Scale and proportion – getting it right.

If you could live in any building, what would it be? Apsley House, Number One London, so I can be the first person in Hyde Park each morning.

The most you’ve ever spent on an artwork is…Several thousand (I inherited the money and wanted to buy something meaningful). It was a wire sculpture
of a man’s torso by David Begbie.

Which artist would you most like to sit next to at the bar? Tracey Emin – I’d love to hear her thoughts on Trump and Boris.

Caiti Grove

What sparks design envy in you? Mid-century Scandinavian joinery. Artek’s heyday. Anything made Carl Hansen makes me swoon.

If you could live in any building, what would it be? John Pawson’s minimalist Life House in Wales, I stayed there earlier this year. It has a contemplation chapel. You can watch sheep munch grass while lying in the bath.

The most you have ever spent on an artwork is… £3,000 on a wooden wall sculpture by Carol Sinclair, who works with objects found on beaches and in her home Fenland. She is a friend, so I have to make sure it’s hung straight when she comes round.

Which artist would you most like to sit next to at the bar? Paula Rego – her work about women’s rights and injustice is brilliant, so I’m sure she’d be similarly passionate in person.

 MORE FROM THE MAG: Meet Charlotte and Philip Colbert / C&TH Guide To Margate