Hailing from Hong Kong, Jessica Klingelfuss is a Swiss-Filipina writer, editor and photographer based in London. Previously an editor at Wallpaper*, she has written for Elephant, The Plant, Crafts, Sotheby’s and The Modern House, among other print and digital titles. When she’s not covering contemporary art and design from around the globe, you’ll find her boxing, learning a new language or extending her New York Times crossword streak.
What does a journey mean to you?
That indescribable feeling that sinks into your bones the moment you arrive at your destination: honing in on new smells and sounds, the sense of release and relief of being in a different environment. And, quite peculiarly, I find the lethargy and delirium of jet lag inexplicably comforting – a souvenir from the journey.
Which country or location most inspires you?
Switzerland is easily the most breathtaking country I have been to – and I have been hundreds of times – regardless of the season. From pristine snow-capped Alps to secluded turquoise lakes and enigmatic forests, I discover a new dimension of the country with every visit. It’s also the only place in the world that never fails to remind me how small we are in comparison to it. It’s home.
Where would you go back to, and why?
I’ve always described Los Angeles – Venice in particular – as my spiritual home. I adore every part of it from the climate to the SoCal cuisine to the locals to the beaches, and more so how it feels a few steps removed from reality – fitting for the home of Hollywood. It’s a city of endless possibility; and the six degrees of separation rule has proven to be closer to two there.
Top insider tip for London?
Hotels have the best bars: my favourites are the Punch Room at the Edition or Waeska at The Mandrake.
What journey would you most like to go on?
I have always dreamed of visiting Antarctica and getting my passport stamped – it’s the only continent I have yet to travel to.