Keeping Happy at Home – Ben Pundole James Bond Bulldog

Freda A. Nix

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Elle Decor

For our new series “Objects of Affection,” ELLE Decor is asking designers and others from an array of fields to tell us about an item in their personal space that is bringing them comfort and solace as they stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. (And here’s what’s keeping the ELLE Decor team happy at home.)

Ben Pundole is about as experienced a hospitality and travel resource as you will find. He began his career at the Groucho Club in London, then spent 11 years working for Ian Schrager at the Morgans Hotel Group. In 2010, he opened Ruschmeyers in Montauk, New York. Pundole is now the vice president of brand experience at Ian Schrager/Marriott’s Edition hotels group and the founder of the editorial travel site AHotelLife.com. These days, he has been hosting live conversations on AHotelLife’s social-media channels with

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Loyalty trumped glory for F1’s James Bond

Freda A. Nix

The celestial talent of Sir Stirling Moss is crystallised in his record of winning 40 per cent of the races he ever entered. It is reflected, too, in the fact that Enzo Ferrari once offered him a works car to run in his own colours, hoping to find the machine that could truly do justice to his gifts.

For others, a failure to win a Formula One world title would mark them in history as also-rans. For Moss, it was simply a strange blemish, akin to the 99.94 Test average with which Sir Donald Bradman hung up his bat, serving only to enrich his mystique.

To those ushered into his Mayfair lair in Shepherd Market, Moss was the closest approximation to James Bond that existed. The décor read like the inventory of Q Branch: there was a TV hidden behind the wood panelling, a dial that would run his baths

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