Richard Bates
©Hal Shinnie

The unconventional route to work-life balance

How more people are finding unusual ways to fit their lives around their livelihoods, from office sleep-pods to warehouse labs

Amanda Levete
©Rick Pushinsky

Inside the home of architect Amanda Levete

The renowned designer on how she transformed an ordinary Victorian terrace in London into a futuristic living space for her family


Rhododendrons in John Ruskin’s garden at Brantwood, Cumbria, with Coniston Water beyond ©Richard Hanson
Combining gardening with writing may seem like a good idea but it is an uncomfortable marriage
– Robin Lane Fox
View of the village of Feriolo di Baveno, on the shore of Lake Maggiore
©Angelo Cavalli/robertharding

Italy’s Lake Maggiore: a ‘Cinderella’ looking to charm

The lakeside region is vying to step out of the shadows of its more illustrious rival, Como

Interior of Henri Samuel’s apartment in Paris, 1987
©Pascal Hinous, Jerome Huet/Christie’s Images

Henri Samuel, decorator to the wealthy

A new exhibition gathers together rare furnishings by artists who inspired the French designer in the 1960s and 1970s

Landi chair

Design classic: the Landi chair by Hans Coray

Created in 1938-9, the aluminium chair has stood the test of time in both looks and performance

Uhuru Park in Nairobi
©Walter Zerla/Getty Images

Nairobi’s booming real estate market

Why property in Kenya’s capital is in demand despite slowing prices and security fears

Vincent Boland outside St Stephen’s Green, central Dublin
©Mary Furlong

Expat lives: FT’s Ireland correspondent in homecoming

Vincent Boland returns to Dublin after 22 years away to find that the country has undergone a revolution

9 Eastern Terrace, Brighton, East Sussex, UK
©Andy Scott

Five houses with impressive libraries

From a 17th-century mansion where Charles II once lived to a former stable near Cannes with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ reading rooms

©Bruno Morandi/4Corners

How Sacré-Cœur became the Sacred Heart of Paris

In the year that marked the basilica’s centenary, Jonathan Foyle looks back at its troubled origins

The southern bank in Southwark featuring City Hall and The Shard
©Richard Nicholson

London: the ‘unplannable’ city

Peter Wynne Rees takes a boat trip on the Thames to point out the highs and lows of the capital’s changing skyline