Rabih Kayrouz for Selections, 2014. Photo: Houda Kabbaj
Recalling the interviews I did while editing Selections magazine in Beirut, writing features on Lynda Benglis, Rabih Kayrouz, Etel Adnan, Richard Serra, and commissioning Hilary French to interview Zaha Hadid - 2014 feels like way back.
Martino Gamper & Lauren Santo Domingo for Bespoke, 2015
But my Middle East ties weren't entirely severed in 2015: I chatted with Martino Gamper about his Prada windows and spoke with Lauren Santo Domingo about founding Moda Operandi for the region's leading lifestyle magazine, Bespoke.
Bled Roknine, Marrakech Palmeraie
Photos: Leila Alaoui
Also paid a visit to Marrakech, staying with French Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui - a friend from Beirut - in Bled Roknine, the oldest house in the Palmeraie and Art Deco dream set of many a magazine shoot, most recently Vogue's story featuring Freja Beha Erichsen, styled by Kate Moss, shot by Glen Luchford.
Finders Keepers with Olga Polizzi
& Craig Finch in FT How To Spend It
Elsewhere's highlights from 2015? Loved reviewing Björk at MoMA for The Spectator and interviewing Shirin Neshat for Apollo in New York. Back here in London it was a pleasure to peek into Olga Polizzi's collecting habits for FT How To Spend It and profile a Suzy Hoodless-designed home for House & Garden. Writing more for The Future Laboratory has been fun too - especially turning three friends into a lifestyle Tribe.
Judy Blame & John Moore of HOBAC. Courtesy Nicola Tyson, via the ICA
2016 starts with re-editing my work on 1980s craft collective The House of Beauty and Culture, to be published as a book by the ICA alongside its Judy Blame exhibition opening in June.
One of Daniel Ost's installations. Photo: Paul Geerts.
Up sooner is my How To Spend It feature on the incredible work of Daniel Ost and the new wave of artists working with flowers, out in February.
Happy New Yah.