Petworth in West Sussex is an hour and a quarter by car from Mayfair in West London. Once you leave the highways, you drive on little roads through a quintessentially British landscape. It’s as if Constable paintings have come alive.
In coronavirus times, I have re-discovered the joys of driving a car. I put on my playlists at full volume and transform the car into a disco on wheels. And with a 14-day quarantine ahead of me—required by my recent return to the U.K.—Petworth was the place to go, not least because I was preparing an exhibition of works by the Israeli designer Ron Arad for Newlands House, Khalid Al Tajir and Nicola Jones’s new cultural center.