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          “I love island life,” Philip enthuses.    and sharp corners.” While Philip’s personal
        “I can enjoy my breakfast on the balcony   style leans towards minimalism with its
        every morning, there’s a tow path nearby   clean lines, he isn’t averse to curves. His
        for jogging and I’m looking forward to   sense of harmony is also revealed in his
        when the water taxis soon start running.”   own paintings, which are inspired by
          It’s clear that Philip likes order and   living on the water and the quality of light.
        symmetry. When he moved in, he had a   “The light is amazing – it bounces off the
        streamlined kitchen custom-designed   balcony and the white floors into the open-
        with a granite worktop, and personally   plan living, kitchen and dining area.” Some
        designed the teak wood TV surround   of his artworks adorn his apartment walls.
        in the open-plan space. “There needs   Philip has also enjoyed living in his
        to be a rationale to whatever we look   other home for the last four years – a
        at and we all relate to order,” he says.   Grade II-listed Georgian pile on four-
        “You can incorporate the same finishes   plus acres in County Antrim, Northern
        in a variety of spaces, using luxurious   Ireland. “Construction on the Irish
        materials such as marble and granite, and  property started in 1760 and generations
        if there’s balance to it, then it works. It’s   later, we’re still fixing it. It’s such a
        a bit like Feng Shui with its focus on the   contrast to my contemporary apartment
        harmony of opposites – that quiet soul.”  in Abu Dhabi, which has lots of glass,”
          Philip cites the United Bank HQ in   he says, before conceding: “Although
        Karachi as an example: “It’s just triangles   both properties have a sense of order.”


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