Zoe Chan is the co-founder of Chan + Eayrs, a London-based architecture and interior design practice specializing in what she calls “bespoke homemaking.” Together with Merlin Eayrs, Chan has designed and built some of the most coveted private homes in London, known for their refined aesthetic and innovative use of natural materials. Unlike traditional architects, Chan lives in her spaces — often during construction — and creatively directs the building and design process from beginning to end, allowing her to evolve with each project rather than being guided solely by a client's vision.
She has spent the last five years crafting her own home in Hampstead, where she lives with her two young children. “It’s always been important for me to have a deep connection to the spaces I make, and the home is the most personal space,” she says, noting how motherhood — with its attendant desire to nest — has deepened her work.
The British fragrance company Ffern has worked with Michelin-starred chefs and other discerning noses to create their seasonal scents. They operate on a subscription model and blend small-batch fragrances that are released quarterly, so you get a fresh scent at the beginning of each season. I’m not a big perfume person but I wear their Winter 2022 fragrance every day. Ffern perfume subscription, $129 per bottle
I swim in the Heath every day and am in love with my YouSwim bathing costumes. The London-based label’s one-size-fits-most swimsuits are made from an incredibly stretchy ribbed material designed to accommodate your body’s natural changes. Their styles are timeless and so comfortable — a lovely gift ahead of summer. YouSwim Poise Standard Waist Two-Piece, $139
I’ve had my eye on Le Monde Beryl’s Luna Slippers — simple, classic and chic. I’m drawn to natural, effortless beauty and think people always look most elegant when walking in flats. Le Monde Beryl Luna Slippers, $458
The best gifts tend to be pieces you wear or use everyday but might not ordinarily indulge in for yourself. This cashmere-silk t-shirt feels like the height of luxury but is also so easy and wearable. Attersee Cashmere-Silk T-Shirt, $425