Patti Smith’s DIY SOS

It goes without saying that I love Patti Smith. I expect you do too. Who doesn’t these days? Having enjoyed Just Kids – a salute to which Jill wrote here – I bought the more recent M Train to take on holiday. Dreamlike, elliptical, and sad meditation on loss that is also hugely enjoyable, what I didn’t expect was to find out so much about Patti’s attitude to homes and the places she has lived.

Patti Smith at home

Philip Montgomery for The New York Times


Discovering Gae Aulenti

On stumbling across a house I liked I’ve discovered Italian architect and interior/furniture/set designer Gae Aulenti. She designed the Musée d’Orsay as well as super cool showrooms for Fiat and Olivetti plus a bunch of private homes – I slept through all of that apparently. She died aged 84 at the end of 2012 and as the […]