Inside the home of lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe

Patrick Woodroffe on his houseboat moored in west London
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The man who has lit shows for the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga talks about life on the Thames

Peter Wynne Rees in his 27th-floor flat in The Heron, London
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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

Alberto Alessi in his home on Lake Orta, northern Italy
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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

Marek Belka
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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

Jeremy Farrar at his home in Oxford
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Inside the home of Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar

The flu expert discusses the global war on infectious diseases

Baroness Goudie in the study of her home in central London
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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

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Modernist clutter: Zeev Aram

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

Angéline Templier-Lassalle, whose grandfather founded J. Lasselle in 1942
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A sparkling heritage

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

Cyril & Vandana Shroff in the Living room on the ground Floor of their house
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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

Earning her keep

The Duchess of Northumberland on how she turned the garden at Alnwick Castle into a major tourist attraction

At home with the Duchess of Northumberland

The châtelaine of Alnwick Castle gives a tour of one of northeast England’s biggest visitor attractions

Breathing space

UK Space Agency’s Richard Crowther on the problem of overcrowding in orbit – and the likelihood of aliens

Start up: Collison brothers earn their Stripe

The Irish brothers who moved to the US and founded Stripe, an online payments start-up valued at $1.75bn

Shipping forecast

Yacht designer Dickie Bannenberg talks about his father’s influence and future trends in the industry

Material girl

Heiress Veronica Chou talks about her fashion business and her Beijing ‘courtyard house in the sky’

Veronica Chou at home in Beijing

The textiles heiress gives a tour of her ‘authentic’ penthouse

Professor Sir Edwin Southern

DNA research by the world-renowned biochemist could lead to a healthcare revolution – but at what cost?

New York architect Daniel Libeskind

The man behind the World Trade Center master plan and Berlin’s Jewish Museum explains why buildings are ‘portals to the past’