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A Designer's Life


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NICKY HASLAM is one of the UK's most celebrated interior designers. He features on the best-dressed list of both Vanity Fair and GQ magazines, and is also known as a socialite, artist, recording artist, book reviewer, art editor, memoirist and literary editor. Haslam founded his London-based architectural and design firm, NH Design, in the late 1980s. It soon became established as one of the most important luxury interior design offices in the UK, responsible for a wide range of projects all over the globe, including the UK, USA, Canada, Barbados, Denmark, France, Mallorca, Istanbul and Moscow. He has also designed the decor for some of the ritziest parties: an Opera Ball in Hong Kong, the Cartier Polo gala lunches at Windsor, a National Gallery banquet, a party for The New Yorker magazine and events for the Prince of Wales. Nicky has been a guest editor for Vogue and Tatler, and regularly contributes to Harper's Bazaar, London's Evening Standard Magazine, Vanity Fair, Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The World of Interiors and The Spectator. He is the author of Sheer Opulence, a book of his design work, Redeeming Features, a memoir, and Folly de Grandeur (Jacqui Small, 2013), an entertaining tour around his beautiful country home.


'Full of beautiful photographs, sketches and amusing anecdotes.' Mayfair Magazine 'It's a big, bright volume stuffed with fascinating sketches, party invites and snapshots. However, its main focus is on interiors, and the narratives behind them. Although the luxury scrapbook is a popular format for interior-design books, this one captivates more than most. Nicky's fluency at drawing and writing enable him to reveal the story behind the interiors he creates, moving fluidly between mediums in a manner rather similar to Beaton himself.' House & Garden 'This book reveals the influences behind Nicky Haslam's vast archive and looks at the charm and wit of his interiors style.' Homes & Gardens 'A dreamworld, perfumed by scented candles, is on offer from the splendid Nicky Haslam. An eclectic mixture of scrapbook, photo album, apologia and top tips for decorating. Reading this book is like nose-diving into a tasselled damask sack of pot pourri, and then being helped up by Bryan Ferry and Andy Warhol.' -- Stephen Bayley Spectator

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