• Profile: Nicky Haslam

    by  • 11 Jan ’11 • New Orleans, Nicky Haslam, profile • 13 Comments

    It is difficult to pigeonhole Nicky Haslam; both the man and the designer. And, having now met him, my guess is that he likes it that way.

    Nicky’s legacy, talent and influence as one of Britain’s ultimate interior designers is undeniable. Not to mention, in his spare time he is an actor, artist, cabaret singer, book reviewer, art editor, memoirist, literary editor and he features on both Vanity Fair and GQ’s best-dressed lists!

    Possessing a conspicuous flair and an inherent aesthetic, Nicky has been casting a spell on the design cognoscenti since 1972, when he first started practicing as an interior designer. In the late 1980’s he founded his London-based architectural and design firm, NH Design.

    Nicky, along with his Creative Director Colette van den Thillart, has designed projects all over the world including London, New York, Morocco, New Orleans, Denmark, Montreal, Barbados, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Monaco and Moscow, Klosters, Grasse, Mallorca, Los Angeles and Paris.

    When last in New Orleans, thanks to our friends Michael and Quinn, I had the good fortune to see one of Nicky’s projects, owned by Soniat House proprietors Frances and Rodney Smith. In all honesty, the living room was one of the most magical rooms that I have ever witnessed.

    Not only is Nicky a talented designer, he is a talented artist. While at school at Eton he excelled in art. Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as The Royal Institute of British Architects hold some of his interior watercolour renderings based on client projects.

    Nicky Haslam divides his time between his London apartment and the Hunting Lodge in Hampshire that once belonged to John Fowler, a partner of Colefax and Fowler.

    How would you describe your personal style?
    Scintillating, Unlaborious, Unlaboured

    What is your most prized possession?
    A fan letter from Nancy Lancaster

    What is your idea of earthly happiness?
    Keeping one’s figure

    What is the one thing in life you cannot live without?
    White peaches

    What is your favorite luxury in life?
    Being able to sleep easily and listening to Lee Wiley

    Past or present, who has most influenced your direction in life?
    Simon Fleet, Diana Vreeland, Diana Cooper and Colette van den Thillart, my Creative Director at NH Design

    What inspires your creativity and designs?
    Travel and lying in bed thinking

    Who are your style icons
    Madame du Barry, Emilio Terry and Jean-Charles Delafosse

    Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
    Cy Twombly and John Richardson, the art historian who wrote all the Picasso books.

    What books are currently on your bedside table
    Wait for Me! by Deborah Devonshire
    Honky Tonk Parade by John Lahr
    What to Look for in Winter by Candia McWilliam
    My own autobiography Redeeming Features

    Profile by Ronda Carman

    13 Responses to Profile: Nicky Haslam

    1. Dean Farris
      11 Jan ’11 at 1:51 pm

      Fantastic coverage!


    2. cashmere pearls 'n' boots
      11 Jan ’11 at 3:17 pm

      wonderful profile!!

    3. pve design
      11 Jan ’11 at 4:44 pm

      fab interview…my figure…priceless~

    4. Ideezine
      11 Jan ’11 at 5:43 pm


      I can almost hear the design in his voice. Great interview!


    5. Susan
      11 Jan ’11 at 10:31 pm

      Wonderful profile, Ronda – you truly captured Nicky's voice. Thanks so much for sharing!

      Love. xxx

      11 Jan ’11 at 11:31 pm

      I am not just fascinated with his work, but I am also with his personal life.

      What an incredible talent of our time!

    7. Mr. Goodwill Hunting
      12 Jan ’11 at 2:05 am

      These pictures are fantastic. Thanks so much for posting this. It great to get into the mind of great thinkers in the vast world of creativity.

      Mr. Goodwill Hunting

    8. Karen Wallace
      12 Jan ’11 at 3:01 am

      Great interview! Karen

    9. Slim Paley
      12 Jan ’11 at 6:04 am

      Well, I have to brag that I once had the pleasure of sitting beside Mr. Haslam at a dinner party in London. He couldn't possibly have been more charming, entertaining or funny.

      Best wishes,

    10. The enchanted home
      12 Jan ’11 at 1:42 pm

      Great profile and you are right he is a very stylish tastemaker indeed. That living room is magical and I bet in person its even that much more amazing. Thanks for sharing.
      Have a great day.

    11. peggy braswell
      12 Jan ’11 at 5:02 pm

      always so exciting to read your post. NH is a favorite. thanks xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    12. Fay
      21 Jan ’11 at 9:53 pm

      hello Ronda I love visiting and i have awrded you the Stylish bloggers award .
      Please Rule #1) Thank & link back to the person who awarded you.
      #2) Share 7 things about yourself.
      #3) Award 10 great bloggers that you recently discovered
      #4) Contact those bloggers and tell them about the awardsee my blog

      looking forwrd to your next post fay

    13. Allison Hennessy
      26 Jan ’11 at 9:12 pm

      I love NH! Great post.

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