• The world according to Nicky Haslam

    by  • November 12, 2010 • The World According to... • 7 Comments

    Opulence and good times magnet, interior designer Nicky Haslam on Andy Warhol, Pekinese puppies, chocolate pudding and his blog.

    Who or what inspired you to go into interior design? I’ve decorated all my life – from my room at Eton and my parents’ house in Buckinghamshire. But it never crossed my mind that one could do it as a profession until Billy Baldwin admired my first apartment in New York in the mid-Sixties, which Andy Warhol used as a studio for some of his early films.

    And who or what inspires your work today? The team around me at NH Design – my stylish, efficient and all-round blessing creative director Colette van den Thillart and a brilliant group of young and beautiful designers.

    Whose home would you love to decorate? I wish you’d said which house, rather than whose! Then I’d say the little Chinese villa outside Palermo in Sicily, built for the sister of Marie Antoinette.

    Describe your perfect room, fictional or otherwise. My perfect room looks like someone actually lives in it – not a bland hotel space. Even if it’s entirely modern, it contains all the things that rooms over the centuries have contained – piles of books, candles, ashtrays, lamps, lampshades, objet d’art, bronzes, layers. And always, something pink and something ugly.

    What is your own home like? See above!

    What can we expect from your blog? The unexpected, the unsuspected, the unforgotten, the unexplained, the chic, the charming, and the cool.

    Who or what has surprised you lately? Parquet floors in Copenhagen Airport.

    A good party must have… too much drink, and a chocolate pudding.

    What book are you reading right now? Animal Magic by Andrew Barrow.

    What is your most treasured possession? My Lucien Freud etching.

    I can’t stop buying… Clothes from Topman. It’s affordable and so fun.

    Not many people know this but… I think you know everything, no?

    What makes you smile? At the risk of sounding like Julie Andrews – ripened cherries and Pekinese puppies.

    What makes you dance? Lee Wiley singing, and Caroll Gibbons’ Savoy Hotel orchestra playing.

    And aside from your own work, is there another design or designer you admire? Stephen Sills in New York is just wonderful.

    What blogs do you read? Oh I read a bunch, but my current favourites are Amanda Eliasch’s Rats Tails, The Peak of Chic, Suzy Menke’s guest blogs, All the Best, An Aesthetes Lament, Little Augury, Eugenia Mikulina for Russian AD and Hamish Bowles.

    7 Responses to The world according to Nicky Haslam

    1. November 13, 2010 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog.. I love yours too.. I also love the fireplaces you chose for me… x

    2. November 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you for your comments.. I love my fireplaces too that you chose for me x

    3. November 14, 2010 at 3:57 am

      thank you for reading Sir! your own work I am in awe and admiration of and am fully inspired by the postings you and Collete are doing on your own blog. pgt

    4. November 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      Dear Mr Haslam:

      Have read your most interesting book that you signed for me.

      I am a longtime friend of Ted and Rejeanne Anthon,Mom and Dad of colette.

      I came to see Colette 2 days after her birth in Orangeville,Ont. and since I reside in Toronto, it was an1hour drive, but worth it.

      I always felt she was brilliant and able to do anything she set her heart to.Cheers!!!! Edith Roher @Gigi my Cat.

    5. Linda Miller
      March 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

      I want to live in Nicky’s room (above).

    6. August 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Lovely blog.

    7. February 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

      Completely Brilliant!

      gobsmacked, personally. “Nice to see you!”

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