Flora Ogilvy

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Flora Ogilvy

We spoke with, Flora Alexandra Ogilvy, founder of Arteviste, a platform offering bespoke tours, lectures and videos, which make the art market more accessible, about what is keeping her sane during...

WHERE ARE YOU WRITING THIS?

Our home in Notting Hill, London, which feels incredibly peaceful at the moment. My current focus is preparing virtual lectures on the art market. 

 

WHERE ARE YOU DREAMING OF GOING AS SOON AS THE QUARANTINE ENDS?

Stockholm! My Swedish fiancé Timothy is kindly taking me to Artipelag, a beautiful contemporary art space on the archipelago later this summer. 

 

WHAT MINDFULNESS GO TO IS GETTING YOU THROUGH THIS?

An overwhelming sense of gratitude for all that the brave, resilient NHS workers are doing to support our most vulnerable people across the UK at present. 

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU LAUGHING? 

I usually work in the National Art Library of the Victoria & Albert Museum, but now share a desk with my fiancé, who has a quick sense of humour. 

 

WHAT WON’T YOU EVER TAKE FOR GRANTED AGAIN POST QUARANTINE?

The immeasurable joy of being able to benefit from frequenting inspiring London galleries and museums, which are always open to the public. 

 

WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES ARE YOU LOVING AND WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT TO?

@Lumitrix! They sell beautiful photographic prints and have launched an insightful Collector’s Edit series to support their talented photographers. 

 

WHAT RESTAURANT WILL BE YOUR FIRST MEAL POST QUARANTINE?

Either Le Caprice, Isabel or Sake no Hana in Mayfair, London. Each one has opulent, yet contemporary interiors as well as a wildly delicious menu. 

 

WHAT IS KEEPING YOU ENTERTAINED PRINT OR DIGITAL?

Google Arts & Culture have produce hundreds of enchanting virtual tours of galleries and museums such as MoMa, Tate and the Uffizi Gallery. 

 

WE ARE CALLED THE DECK – WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CARD GAME?

Racing Demon, always and forever. Although, we watched a James Bond recently and there’s something appealing about being incredibly skilled at poker. 

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DREAM SUIT LOOK LIKE?

A white or pink skirt suit with a small waist and cut above the ankle. Somewhere between Penelope of Thunderbirds and my invariably chic mother, Julia. 

 

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON NETFLIX?

I am Love, Anna Karenina, On the Basis of Sex, The Aftermath, Victoria, Last Night, Madam Bovary - perhaps not all available on Netflix, but worth searching for.  

 

WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Alex Katz Paints Ada by Robert Storr, which I first discovered at Timothy Taylor gallery. It is truly a visual love story in art and was given on Valentine’s Day.   

 

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR SKINCARE REGIME? THE PRODUCTS YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

I prefer make-up by Bobbi Brown and my perfume is always Fleur de Peau or Philosykos by Diptyque, which smells of figs, southern Italy and summer evenings. 

 

YOUR GO TO VITAMINS?

Vitamin D! A daily walk in Hyde Park helps to nourish my skin. My mind is then taken care of by finding blossoming cherry blossom and magnolia trees. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR HOME WORKOUT OF CHOICE?  

My friend Sara Bonafair @sara.b.yoga offers brilliant online yoga classes. She teaches in London and New York and will strengthen body and mind. 

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