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Three Miles per Hour

Even in a busy city, the canal is a place to discover, to slow down and dream. Hole & Corner set off at a steady 3mph along a stretch of the 2,000 miles of waterways cared for by the Canal & River Trust, taking in the people, the history and the changing landscape...

Lost and Found

Simon Gaiger uses the odd bits of metal and wood offered up by the hedges surrounding his Welsh home for his sculptural work: his tinker’s ethic born of an eclectic childhood lived around the world, from Uganda to the Falklands...

She Sells Sanctuary

You know your tea. But a day spent with Henrietta Lovell – aka the Rare Tea Lady– is enough to prove you’ve been doing it all wrong. As she advises Noma on the perfect accompaniment to their award-winning menu, we join her to discover that reading the leaves is all about how tea makes you feel. Prepare for a stirring experience...

The Motorcycle Diaries

Geoffrey Kent, the award-winning founder and CEO of travel company Abercrombie & Kent, recalls the career-defining 2,500-mile motorcycle trip across the length of Africa that he embarked on at the age of 16...

The Smell of Light

Artist and scent archivist Sissel Tolaas and Omer Arbel, founder of the Canadian lighting, design and manufacturing brand Bocci, meet in Tolaas’s ReSearch laboratory in Berlin – where she houses her collection of over 7,000 individual odours – to discuss how their careers are devoted to approaching the senses in new and unusual ways.

With a Hey Nonny – no?

The traditional, intricate instruments that Claire Dugué painstakingly makes by hand may be the butt of folk music jokes, but she asserts, ‘We really are living in the golden age of the hurdy-gurdy!’

Behind the Wheel

Richard Batterham doesn’t do brash. Instead of worrying himself over ‘offensive’ designs that might sell, this reluctant, reclusive legend of pottery prefers to do things on his own terms, in his own way, the only way he knows how. ‘I like to make something you can hold,’ he explains...

Economy of Scale

Marshall Buck excels at recreating classic car designs from scratch – exactly the same, only smaller. And as one of the world’s premier automotive model makers, his work can change hands for more than the price of a real-sized family hatchback...

A Spanner in the Works

Pink Floyd composer, author and self-professed ‘neo-renaissance man’ – Ron Geesin is many things. He may even be possessed by alien beings (as friend Peter Gabriel claims). But the man himself would rather show us around his unequalled collection of adjustable tools...

Burning love

Originally based in the Caribbean, Rachel Vosper is now one of the leading chandlers in the UK, offering her unique Refill Service – where customers can bring in their own vessels to be turned into candles – from her boutique in London’s Belgravia…

String Theory

Seckou Keita is one of the world’s leading players of the kora, a traditional stringed instrument from West Africa. But what sets him apart is his ability to change and adapt, to make the stories he has learned relevant for all…

Dream Weaver

After retiring as head of the Royal College of Art’s knitwear department 20 years ago, the godfather of British knitting has started a second career – at the age of 81. Now John Allen is enjoying a new lease of life, thanks to an unlikely pairing with the fashion designer Jonathan Anderson…

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