Body co-founder Erik Torstensson talks style
My private fashion signifier is a uniform of denims, black T-shirt, navy cashmere sweater, navy coat, a Patek Philippe Nautilus and white classic Converse high-tops. I’ve worn Chuck Taylors day-after-day for 20 years, however in 2015 they made the toe cap too pointy and I can’t stay with it, so I solely put on the older fashion.
An object I’d by no means half with is a scrapbook from childhood that my mom made for me. I left Sweden and moved to London after I was 19, and have successfully been a world nomad for lengthy elements of my life, so the e-book is a stupendous reminiscence of the place I come from. It’s bought every part from images to the wristband that was placed on me after I was born, and it grounds me to look by way of it.
Märta Blomstedt sheepskin chairs and Vincent van Duysen for Arflex sofas in the lounge © Alex Antitch
The place meaning rather a lot to me is our nation home in Wiltshire, Donhead Home. My associate Natalie [Massenet] and I purchased it 9 years in the past once we had been dwelling in London, and it has been a labour of affection to renovate. We did it along with the British architect Philip Joseph, who’s wonderful with texture, color and scale, and has this particular sensibility for making a countryside house that’s additionally trendy. It’s nice for entertaining a number of folks, and has gardens by Miranda Brooks. Now that we stay in New York it is vitally inconvenient to have a weekend home that’s six-and-a-half-hours away by airplane, however I believe it can be crucial for us to have a spot in Europe the place household and mates can get collectively.
And one of the best souvenirs I’ve introduced house are knick-knacks from a retailer in Stockholm referred to as Svenskt Tenn. They’ve every part from large sofas to pewter decorations, which I’ve purchased to place within the visitor rooms in our home.
Svenskt Tenn pewter containers © Alex Antitch his associate Natalie Massenet’s assortment of classic tea lights © Alex Antitch
His assortment of magazines, together with The World of Interiors and Architectural Digest © Alex Antitch
The most effective e-book I’ve learn prior to now yr is Helmut Newton’s autobiography. I battle with studying as I’ve ADHD; I’ll learn the identical web page 3 times however get so distracted I received’t bear in mind something. However I bought by way of this e-book by way of sheer will, like working the New York Marathon, as a result of I’m such a fan of his work. Usually, I accumulate images books, or visible magazines resembling The World of Interiors and Architectural Digest.
My fashion icon is Richard Avedon. He dressed at all times in a really easy however exact approach that appeared to completely match his persona. He had a definite haircut and glasses, a really slim silhouette that he dressed to, and over time that didn’t change a lot. I like that consistency.
Torstensson along with his 1971 Vary Rover © Alex Antitch
The most effective present I’ve given lately is courtside seats at Madison Sq. Backyard for the season to look at the New York Knicks. I take Natalie for date evening typically, or my son for the matinée sport; he loves the jumbotron.
I’m obsessive about chairs; I’m not allowed to purchase any extra
And one of the best present I’ve acquired is a 1971 Vary Rover, which is white with chrome particulars and clear home windows, from Natalie. She is one of the best gift-giver – my birthday is on Christmas Day, so I’ve by no means celebrated it a lot, however after I turned 40 she organized a shock occasion with 30 of our mates within the Maldives. The little boy in me was emotionally overwhelmed and without end grateful.
Pol Chambost Lemonade Service, c1950 © Alex Antitch Max Lamb Urushi Stool Black 2, 2018 © Alex Antitch
I’ve a set of Pol Chambost ceramics and I’m obsessive about chairs – I’m not allowed to purchase any extra. I like the proportions of them, that you could transfer them round, and that they’ve a lot character in their very own proper. I’ve Joris Laarman’s Bone chair, a Swedish basic by Axel Einar Hjorth and extra trendy works by Max Lamb. They’re extremely uncomfortable and never very sensible; I see them extra as sculptures.
In my fridge you’ll at all times discover Kalles Kaviar, a Swedish fish roe paste that I eat with eggs or unfold onto bread or crackers. It’s an acquired style, a bit just like the Marmite of Sweden. And I believe you must at all times have a great vodka within the freezer for Martinis – I exploit Belvedere.
Inside Torstensson’s fridge © Alex Antitch
Kalles Kaviar, at all times in his fridge © Alex Antitch
The very last thing I purchased and cherished was a sculpture by Ugo Rondinone. He’s most well-known for these large, colored rocks that he made within the desert, however for years I’ve been determined for certainly one of his little brutalist stone sculptures of individuals, that are very exhausting to pay money for. I used to be fortunate sufficient to safe this one when he was a part of a gaggle exhibition in New York.
I’ve lately found Dall-E, a visible AI engine that reacts to phrases. Whenever you write one thing, it generates a novel set of pictures based mostly on its learnings. As a inventive director and designer, it means I can now do sketches of concepts I’ve, with a slight randomness to it, which is kind of trendy.
I couldn’t do with out my government assistant Dee Walsh, who has labored with me for 9 years and is every part I’m not, which is rather a lot. She is a part of my household.
An indulgence I’d by no means forgo is over-ordering from takeaway eating places. It’s not good for my form, but it surely’s a small luxurious that received’t break the financial institution. My favorite place is Somtum Der in New York, the place I eat lunch day-after-day. somtumdernewyork.com
A Cy Twombly print hangs above a pair of midcentury bamboo chairs © Alex Antitch
The one artist whose work I’d accumulate if I may is Cy Twombly, absolutely the GOAT for me. I’ve at all times been drawn to his work, and even his house; he was simply so forward of his time. I’ve an version of certainly one of his scribbles in my house.
My wellbeing guru is my private coach Dennis Hoop. I have to be the toughest individual to get to train constantly, and he at all times retains issues shifting so I actually owe him for that (I in all probability additionally owe him some huge cash for cancelling on a regular basis). I additionally see Dr Dominique Fradin-Learn, who has an organization referred to as VitaLifeMD, one of many best-kept secrets and techniques in LA. After I turned 40, a well-known pal of mine, who seems excellent for his or her age, despatched me to her for anti-ageing; they verify every part and offer you a personalized plan that features NMN capsules or injectable peptides, and it has actually labored for me.
The final music I downloaded was by my 17-year-old stepdaughter, Ava Massenet, who sings, performs the guitar and writes all her personal music and lyrics – I believe her greatest hit is “Military of One”. My different stepdaughter Isabella, who’s 23, is a DJ in New York. I’ve a really musical household.
The final merchandise of clothes I added to my wardrobe was yet one more Body males’s cashmere sweater. It’s the proper form, and we labored on it without end to make it so; it’s basic with small twists to the proportions to make it really feel trendy. I’ve them in each color, and order each new color we make.
The grooming staples I’m by no means with out are Oribe hair wax – I’ve examined all of them and that is one of the best, as a result of it seems such as you haven’t tried; Dior Homme perfume, which I’ve worn with out fail for 20 years and nonetheless attracts compliments; and a tripeptide cream from VitaLifeMD, which is the one skincare I exploit.
Torstensson wears his fashion signifiers © Alex Antitch
My favorite constructing is Helmut Lang’s home within the Hamptons, which he has simply offered. It’s this lovely, unassuming farmhouse located between the billionaire houses of East Hampton. I bought to go there as soon as and he had his personal vegetable backyard and cats and rabbits.
The murals that modified every part for me was Enviornment Homme +, the London trend journal that was actually related after I was younger. As a result of I lived in the midst of nowhere in Sweden, it confirmed me every part that the world might be on the time.
The podcast I’m listening to is Pivot by Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, who sum up every part occurring within the worlds of tech, enterprise and politics in an entertaining approach, and likewise Filip & Fredrik, which is a Swedish-language podcast that I discover very comforting – like hair conditioner for my mind.
In one other life, I’d have been an artist, inside designer or movie director. I believe they’re all very related, in that they’re about having an opinion – which is successfully what I do now – after which making an attempt to execute it. I believe with my persona, a non-creative job simply isn’t potential, and I’d be so unhealthy at it.
My favorite apps are from public sale homes resembling Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips. I normally take a look at trendy artwork or furnishings auctions, in addition to property gross sales, resembling Paul Allen’s current one. Now and again I’ll bid on one thing, however the nice pleasure is in scrolling and the visible consumption of issues which can be lovely. I additionally like 4k Stogram, which pulls all the photographs you save on Instagram into folders in your laptop computer, which I believed was a great hack.
The most effective bit of recommendation I ever acquired was from my mum, who advised me to deal with others the way in which you need to be handled. It’s not significantly new or particular, but it surely actually works. I attempt to stay by it though I fail on a regular basis.