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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

My favourite things: Rue Kothari

Rue Kothari, director of Downtown Design, which will return for its third edition in November, tells us about some of her favourite things

Rue Kothari. Courtesy Rue Kothari
Rue Kothari. Courtesy Rue Kothari

My favourite city has to be London. I grew up there and it never fails to inspire me. The dining scene, the museums and galleries, the parks, the historic and contemporary architecture; I never tire of it.

My favourite meal is Thai Penang curry with brown rice. I could literally eat this every day.

I read ferociously, but I’m going to say that my favourite book is the photographer Joel Sternfeld’s American Prospects. Each beautifully staged photograph tells a story of its own. It’s compelling.

I have a first edition collection of Byron’s works. It was a gift from a very special friend and is beautifully bound. This is the most treasured item I own. It is irreplaceable.

I used to be a travel writer, so I’ve taken a fair few momentous journeys, but the best would have to be a two-week journey along the Costa de la Luz in Andalusia, from Seville to Malaga, stopping spontaneously at villages perched in the hills, on the wide beaches of Tarifa, historic Cadiz and catching the most spectacular countryside along the way.

My favourite item in my wardrobe has to be my leather Vince skirt. I just can’t wear it enough.

My favourite song is Move on Up by Curtis Mayfield.

The best part of my job is meeting so many inspiring people, and the best part of my day is the moment I walk back through the door after work, and my daughter comes running up to me for a hug. It melts my heart.

I collect perfume – I’ve been obsessed since I was a child. The romance and mystery of it fascinates me.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is that nobody in life really knows what they’re doing. We’re all just winging it.

Life’s greatest luxury is freedom.