Where is home?
A home is not made of stone, metal and glass, a home is made of love. It is better to be in a poor room with the person you love than alone in a castle. I personally live on planes, but I am lucky that my wife Jasmine and I always travel together, so I feel home everywhere and all the time. A place that most lived up to the hype? I focus on people who carry the energy of a place. I feel close to the Brazilian people’s energy. I was impressed by the Inhotim museum in North Brazil where the earth and art confront each other.
Which is your favourite city?
Anywhere away from civilisation, in the middle of the mud and its inhabitants. For instance, on the island of Burano in the Venice lagoon, where we partly live.
Describe your favourite view
The sea. The sound of the waves, the wind in my face, the salt in the air – this is what I need to work.
What’s the best hotel you’ve stayed in?
I love La Co(o)rniche in the Dune du Pilat in south-west France. It is a place where nature is the strongest, the most beautiful, the most poetic, the most surreal, the most powerful.
Earliest travel memory?
When I was a child in my mother’s perfume shop, I used to go on mental journeys. I didn’t know it at the time, but later I realised that I was travelling on perfumes and scents, which are the most powerful and direct vehicles to the brain.
What’s the best dish you’ve eaten on your travels?
When I’m not travelling I live on quinoa – breakfast, lunch, dinner. When I am forced to travel, for professional reasons – which means most of the time – I’m more experimental. Once, in Roppongi, Tokyo, I tried a crystal-clear water that was moving and was trying to escape from my bowl, which may sound strange, but, despite the surreal aspect of it, it was delicious.
I always pack…
I am a scientist when it comes to packing, which means I travel extra light. I always carry my iPad Mini, my paper pad and my pencil, just the few things I need to work anywhere in the world.
Where do you go out?
In general, but even more when we travel, my wife and I never go out. We barely have dinner and we go directly to sleep as often as we can. We can visit up to three countries in one day and we travel every day, always for professional purposes. Each minute of our time is counted, and so is our sleep.
My favourite travel pastime is…
Looking at people on the street, on the airplane and trying to understand what they think, what they dream, what are their lives.
How do you unwind on holiday?
I never take holidays, so during what everyone calls holidays I keep doing what I always do, the only thing I know how to do: I create, I draw.