drinking pink rabbits
- Jun 12, 2012
THE INTERVIEW: AT HOME WITH COLDPLAY'S GUY BERRYMAN
How would you describe your style at home?
I love different styles of interior design – farmhouse, Scandinavian, mid-century, industrial….. but its important to me that the furnishings on the inside of a house match the character of the building. As I live in a Cotswold-stone country house my choice of style tends to be antique painted furniture – albeit a mixture of British, French and Scandinavian.
What is your favourite room in your house and why?
Like most people, I think I spend most of my time in the kitchen. I spend a lot of time working on my laptop so I find myself at my refectory style kitchen table which is positioned as close as possible to my coffee machine.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
‘You need to stop drinking as you’re a pain in the arse when you are drunk.’ They were right and I did. That was about seven years ago.
When and how did you become interested in antiques?
I’ve always been drawn to design in general and have been interested in “things” for as long as I can remember… What we call antiques now are just design exercises from different time periods. Its fascinating to see the evolution.
What was the first antique item you bought for your home?
I have a 1950’s AMI jukebox which I bought a long time ago. It holds 100 records and plays both sides. Its very colourful and to this day is still the best sounding music system I have ever heard. We listen to music nowadays on tinny little laptop speakers. Its such a shame.
What has been your most exciting antique find to date?
I’ve just bought a pair of mid century armchairs designed by Joseph Andre Motte for Steiner. Completely original blue/green leather and grey mix weave fabric…. I’m pretty excited about them. But I’m always looking for the next find.
What are your top destinations for sourcing furniture?
Lorford’s Antiques of course! Ebay is a constant companion/obsession. I love Retrouvius in London and Trainspotters in Stroud also.
What is your most treasured item in your home?
My classic cars. I have way too many now – mostly European sports cars from the 1960’s.
Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
My fiancee Keshia and my daughter Nico. I don’t really do dinner parties.
What was the last item you bought for your home?
Probably a lamp. I love them and hate them. Nobody has ever really made a good one. I have a cupboard full of failed lamp purchases. My brother called me a lampoholic once.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
When I’m not recording or touring I restore classic sports cars in my workshop at home. Most people are surprised by that. My Dad really got me into old cars as he always had a sports car or two around the house growing up – MG’s or Triumphs.
What are three things you can’t live without?
My Macbook Pro, coffee and something to be obsessed about whether it be art, music, design, photography etc…. I hope I never get bored of discovering and learning about human creations.
I have thousands of records and have spent thirty years obsessing about music. I havn’t found my favourite song yet.