My space: Gavin Turk

I like to hide away in my store cupboard in Hackney Wick, east London. It’s a tiny little office which is full of bits and pieces. I have a team of people to help me, so they make things in the adjoining studio during the week. That’s much more minimalist.

I cycle here from my home in Hackney at the other side of Victoria Park at about half past nine and spend the first part of the day reading emails before I get going. We tend to have electronic music on in the studio, but it will depend on my mood.

I’ve been here for 12 years. When I moved in, the area was derelict. There are quite a lot of artists around now, but I’m worried they will be priced out.

I must clear these shelves out. But I’m not very good at throwing things away – I don’t like waste. The trouble is, when I have space, I fill it. I might have to start doing car boot fairs.

I bought this at a market because it reminded me of Duchamp’s Fountain. Boot fairs sell all kinds of things. I’m quite nervous about production: things should get used rather than thrown away

Blue Door

I am selling this work in the auction for Macmillan as I lost my dad to cancer a couple of years ago. This image is a photograph from a neon sculpture I made. Neon means doorways to me as it’s often used for signs inviting you in. The door is going to the future, the unknown, the other side. The image suggests the way from life to death

Shoe anvil

I inherited this steel shoe anvil from my father, who was a jeweller. He would use it to fix things around the house. It is about 250 years old and was given to him by his grandfather, an engineer. It’s inspiring to look at – and still useful

Moog theremin

I bought this on the internet six years ago. It came in parts and I had to solder it together. I take it out for gigs, but the instrument often doesn’t survive the journey and I have to fix it at the venue. It works on energy and is temperamental. It makes a crying sound like a violin

Gavin Turk is donating an artwork to the Macmillan De’Longhi Arts Programme, an exhibition and auction at the Darren Baker Gallery in London (Oct 21-27)

View the original article here

My space: Laura Hamilton

My husband Alex and I bought this house in Purley, Croydon nine months ago. It needed a lot of work. As it was my 10th renovation, it didn’t faze me, but it was a mental time. A month before, I had given birth to my son Rocco. Then, the day after completing, I started on the Channel 4 ski show The Jump.

The place was uninhabitable. My mum says it now feels like a boutique hotel. My husband and I both love interior design. I buy things when I’m abroad for work. I once brought back a lantern from Marrakesh in the cockpit of an easyJet plane.

I fell into property developing by chance. I bought my first home at 19, having saved up the deposit from a part-time job. I had a huge mortgage. I got a job in television, but the channel went bust so I had to move back home. I rented out the property. Buying, renovating and selling houses became addictive.

Everyone says we’ll move in two years because I get restless. But we’ve got Rocco now. I really believe this is our forever home.

I saw this cowbell when I was in India for a wedding with my husband and his parents. My in-laws bought it for us and had planned to surprise us with it when we were back home. On the return journey, the alarm went off in customs. They were quite embarrassed when they had to get it out of their luggage and explain what it was


I went into my local DFS store recently to look at furniture and a guy came running up to me, saying he recognised me from television. He asked whether I’d like to visit the DFS factory. At the time, I was a bit puzzled, but I had one of the best afternoons. I watched my sofa being made from start to finish, and even helped put the buttons in. I was really impressed

Coffee table

This is from an antiques shop in Merstham, Reigate that has now closed down. It looks like a treasure chest, but we had a sheet of glass cut for the top of it so that we could use it as a coffee table

Buddha picture

This is our only real piece of art. It’s from Spain – we have a house in San Pedro – and is by an artist called Alejandro Hermann. It belongs to Alex, my husband, and means a lot to him. Rocco, our son, loves looking at it, too

Laura Hamilton presents ‘A Place in the Sun’ on Channel 4

View the original article here