When Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un finally meet face-to-face at their momentous summit in Singapore on Tuesday it will be more than a coming together of two powerful men with a penchant for missiles and curious haircuts.
Beyond the jocular Twitter exchanges over nuclear war the president and the supreme leader share a dearly held passion for outre architecture and flamboyant interiors.
The Trump style is the better known of the two.
The builder-president has adorned the world with puffed-up towers swathed in golden mirror glass – his own New York penthouse is a gilded Louis XIV fantasy while his Florida getaway heaves with marble mouldings – leaping from gothic to Moorish like an encyclopaedia of dictator chic.
Kim’s taste is a more closely guarded secret.
Even the locations of his many residences are shrouded in mystery.
But hints can be gleaned from his ambition to ‘turn the whole country into a socialist fairyland’ as one of North Korea’s official patriotic slogans declares and by the wave of startling structures that has been sweeping Pyongyang since he came to power.