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Lawrence Van Hagen

In conversation with Lawrence Van Hagen, founder of LVH ART and curator of the What’s Up exhibitions.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I was born in Paris to a German mother and a British father, and educated there until I was 13, when I went to boarding school in Harrow, in the UK. Then, I did an undergraduate degree in Information Management at UCL and a Masters in Innovation at Imperial College, both in London.

Now, I curate commercial art shows called What’s Up between London, New York and Hong Kong, which focus on showing both emerging and institutional artists. The aim is to show my clients the artists they should look out for in this present moment. I also build collections for a select few.

My big passion is travelling and I spend most of my spare time organising trips abroad.

Do you have a nickname ?

Lolo – that’s just how it is.

Where do you call home ?

Chelsea, London.

What defines home for you ?

A place where are my belongings are, where I have no obligations, and where I can go through my daily routine. And, a place that has the most comfortable bed in the world.

Do you have any special Health + Wellness attributes at home ?

I drink a lot of water when at home, and I tend to have more time for myself. If I’m not out, I home-cook. Home is one of the only places where I can actually relax.

Who or what do you turn to when you have had a bad day ?

I retreat to spend time on my own when I have had a bad day until I feel better and happier to go about the rest of the day or evening.

Tell us about your Health + Wellness journey...

I travel a huge amount, so my health and wellness routine starts with a good amount of sleep every night – I aim for 8 hours. I generally always eat healthily wherever I am (fresh vegetables, fruit, salads, chicken, fish) and I drink very little alcohol. I’m quite restless, so I’m very active during the day – this keeps me in shape if I have no time to work out.

My Health + Wellness journey started when I started my career, which requires a lot of travelling, eating out, and attending work events. Therefore, my main focus is to reduce the levels of stress I take on. I got very sick in China six years ago for about two years and, since then, I have taken much more care of myself.

I have always had a healthy lifestyle though, even when a teenager in boarding school.

Where is your Health + Wellness destination ?

My family home in Ramatuelle in the South of France. Here, I can take daily one-and-a-half-hour walks alongside the littoral every morning. I tend to go as often as I can.

What's been your best Health + Wellness experience ?

The best massage I can remember of was at the Murray Hotel in Hong Kong during Art Basel this March. I go to the South Kensington Club on a regular basis – it has a great spa/banya and excellent food; a little haven in London.

What is your daily Health + Wellness routine ?

Exercise: Three times a week – I run a lot or do work out classes. I used to have a personal trainer three or four times a week but found it to be quite dull – I need more action!

Nutrition: Hot water and lemon in the morning and a nice smoothie. I also take probiotics and an Alkalizer powder.

Spirituality: Power yoga once a week at South Kensington Club with Ralica – the most amazing teacher I have ever had.

What are your favourite Health + Wellness essentials ?

Beauty: QMS Skincare

Nutrition: Flax seeds every morning and cranberries. Symprove – due to my extensive travels I drink 70ml of Symprove every morning to keep my gut in total balance, alongside probiotics.

Athleisure wear: Nike, always.

What's your go to health food ?

A nice white fish and vegetables.

What's your devilish indulgence ?

French pastries, which I have stopped eating unfortunately.

What makes you laugh ?

Friends.

What do you fear ?

Stress – I feed from it.

What has been the hardest thing to accept ?

Success vs. Happiness

What is it about IKIGAI Global that appeals to you ?

The focus on Health + Wellness, which is so vital in the time we live in, where everything is so fast-paced. Focusing on yourself and the ones you love is important.

How do you find serenity ?

Sleeping.

How have you changed over the last 10 years ?

My compassion towards other people and my drive to success has changed over the last 10 years.

What do you do to make the world a more sustainable place ?

I keep my consumption of plastic to a strict minimum.

What would you like to share that informs / inspires / empowers you ?

Pablo Picasso, The Dream, 1932.

Do you have a good luck charm ?

Not yet – I have been fine until now!

Who or what inspires you ?

Recognition.

What is your mantra ?

If you believe in something strongly enough, it can happen.

And finally, what is your ikigai ?

Be yourself, and who you want to be.
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