Hans Blix, former UN weapons inspector

Hans Blix
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The diplomat explains why the world looked ‘lighter’ in 2009 - and why he blames the invasion of Iraq for upheaval in the Middle East

At home with Richard Layard
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Inside the home of ‘happiness tsar’ Richard Layard

The Labour peer on why governments need to focus more on people’s wellbeing and mental health

Seung Hyo-sang
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Inside the home of architect Seung H-Sang

The South Korean explains why buildings in Seoul should respect the city’s distinct landscape

Helene Gayle
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Inside the home of Care USA chief Helene Gayle

The head of the humanitarian aid group talks about her life in Atlanta and her efforts to tackle global poverty

Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing at his home in south London
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Inside the home of chef Marcus Wareing

The new ‘MasterChef’ presenter on discovering future talent and his falling-out with Gordon Ramsay

Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing at his home in south London
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Chef Marcus Wareing and his stripped-down kitchen

Inside the home of one of Britain’s most ambitious and successful chefs

Joel Babbit and a flag dating from 1876, made to honour the original 13-star flag of America
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Inside the home of eco entrepreneur Joel Babbit

The history buff who quit advertising to set up the environmental website Mother Nature Network

Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chief executive of Tata Consultancy Services, at his home in Mumbai
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Inside the home of TCS chief Natarajan Chandrasekaran

The head of India’s largest IT services company on how running marathons has helped him in business

Barnaba Fornasetti in the studio. Fornasetti pieces include the desk ‘Riga e squadra’ (ruler and square), an obelisk lamp and a ceramic cat
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Inside the home of designer Barnaba Fornasetti

From butterflies to Jules the cat, the Italian’s four-storey house in Milan is alive with creatures

Patrick Woodroffe on his houseboat moored in west London
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Inside the home of lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe

The man who has lit shows for the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga talks about life on the Thames

Inside the home of London planner Peter Wynne Rees

The man who helped shape the City for 30 years explains why he approved its high-rise transformation

Inside the home of designer Alberto Alessi

Group’s president on the future of the Alessi design business and a new ambition – to set up his own wine label

Inside the home of Poland’s central bank governor Marek Belka

The former prime minister on the euro crisis and last month’s secret taping scandal

Inside the home of Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar

The flu expert discusses the global war on infectious diseases

Human rights advocate Baroness Goudie

The peer on her work to end the use of sexual violence in conflict and improve the lives of women and children

Michelin-starred chef Grant Achatz

The man behind Alinea, one of the world’s best restaurants, discusses edible balloons and his recovery from tongue cancer

Modernist clutter: Zeev Aram

The renowned furniture designer who helped to bring Eileen Gray to prominence

A sparkling heritage

French winemaker on the importance of tradition at a champagne house run by three generations of women

Family matters: Cyril and Vandana Shroff

The couple who head India’s largest law firm give a tour of the Mumbai house where they met, married and now work

‘Freakonomics’ co-author on data and dieting

‘I could eat steak twice a day,’ economics professor Steven Levitt tells the FT