Nicky Haslam is never too far away from the gossip-columns due to his numerous social engagements, but it’s his day job as one of Britain’s top interior designers for which he has earned his well-deserved reputation.
Nicky Haslam is one of the few UK designers which haven’t turned away from a the traditionally decorative look. Period homes maintain their design integrity via charming upholstery (which offers a welcoming appeal to what could be an overwhelming experience) and more wall mouldings than you can shake a stick at.
“The one thing the British have is street style, which nobody else is any good at,” he elaborates. But Haslam is quite a fan of the eclectic. “It seems everybody wants to do the same things and they have the same aspirations, and I find it frightening,” he says. “People should surely want a bit of oomph and a bit more luxury and individualism, and not just rooms by the yard, which so many decorators do,” he says.
He’s been at The Hunting Lodge for forty years. Owned originally by John Fowler, of Colefax & Fowler fame, Haslam has retained some of Fowler’s own decor. “I’ve changed bits and moved things around, but I won’t change the walls. I’ve rather studiously kept the walls as Fowler did them, because he got them very right.”
Because of this, no two projects are the same and, with a portfolio as extensive as his, that’s no mean feat. His work is desired around the globe from Morocco to Monaco; his clientele, comprised of royalty and rock stars including Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Ringo Starr. His work has been featured in The World of Interiors, Vogue, Architectural Digest, and many other publications.