Behind the Brand: Alexander Stileman

From escaping to Cape Town to being locked in the wine cellars at the Ledbury; the founder of Stileman Lighting gives us an glimpse into his private world.

Home is……Drayson Mews, Kensington.

Favourite room in your home is…….The kitchen.

Building you would most like to buy is…..Talisman building in Fulham, although I would like to pick it up and drop it on the river. I love looking out onto water as the light and scenery are always changing…

The book on your bedside table is…..The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

Favourite place I have last travelled to in the last year was…..Cape Town for Christmas and New Year –Great food, great wine and has everything you could possibly want out of a holiday.

Building you would most like to be locked in overnight……Probably the cellar at the Ledbury with a bottle opener or the Natural History Museum. 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ

If I wasn’t a lighting designer, I would be a……Chef or Restaurant owner.

London’s best kept secret is……Italian steak joint in South Ken called Macellaio. Best beef in town and only a £5 BYO corkage for any size bottle. Pop into Handford wines opposite for a great bottle to go with your Costata.  84 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LQ

Latest discovery is…..Exercise. I have so much more energy, sleep better and am more productive when I can get to the gym 4/5 times a week.

Favourite place for a drink is…..Anywhere outside on a sunny day with some friends.

Last meal that truly inspired me was…Dinner at The Palomar. Sit at the last two seats at the bar opposite the chef, a truly memorable and crazy experience! 34 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DN

Drink of choice is….Gin Martini, dry with a twist.

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