Nicholas Haslam

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Nicholas Ponsonby Haslam
Born (1939-09-27) 27 September 1939 (age 74)
Great Hundridge Manor, Buckinghamshire, England
Other names Nicky
Education Eton College
Occupation Interior designer, writer, singer, blogger
Employer NH Design Inc.
Website
NH Design

Nicholas Ponsonby 'Nicky' Haslam (born 27 September 1939) is an English interior designer and socialite and founder of the London-based interior design firm NH Design Inc.

Background[edit]

Haslam was born at Great Hundridge Manor in Amersham, Buckinghamshire,[1] the third son of diplomat William Heywood Haslam (188–1981)‚[2] and his wife, the former Diamond Louise Constance Ponsonby (aka Diana, b. 1897), a granddaughter of the 7th Earl of Bessborough, a goddaughter of Queen Victoria, and the former wife of Dr. Henry E. Marks, an American physician.[3][4][5] Haslam's brothers are Ralph Michael Haslam (born 1931) and William John Heywood Haslam (born 1933). He also had a half-sister, Diana Marks (aka Anne, 1925—1987), who married John Hilder Loeb, son of a founding partner of the Brillo Manufacturing Corporation, in 1949.[6]

He was educated at private school and Eton College.

In 1966, Haslam and his lover at the time, American banking heir James Davison, bought Black Canyon Ranch, near Phoenix, Arizona for breeding and showing Arabian horses.[7] From 1970 he combined breeding show horses, working in Los Angeles as a photographer and designing rooms and parties for clients such as Natalie Wood.

Haslam broke up with Davison and returned to London in 1972, where he was soon asked to design and decorate a townhouse for Lord Hesketh. In the early 1980s, Haslam owned and operated the Nicholas Haslam Showroom on Holbein Place, London, together with his then-partner, Paolo Moschino. When the pair split in 1995, Haslam took control of NH Design as the interior design side of the business, with Moschino taking ownership of the Nicholas Haslam shop. The two businesses today operate as separate entities.

Haslam has recently (2002) published a book of his work entitled Sheer Opulence, and a second book on design is in the pipeline. His autobiography, Redeeming Features, was published in 2009; in it he mentions his affairs with numerous individuals, including architect Philip Johnson, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, art dealer Cavan O'Brien, and artist Michael Wishart. He is a frequent columnist for the London Evening Standard and Sunday Telegraph magazines. Besides frequently writing reviews for The World of Interiors and The Spectator, Haslam wrote a gossip column for "Ritz Newspaper" under the pseudonym 'Paul Parsons' and has been a contributing editor of British Vogue and Tatler for many years. In December 2010, Haslam started blogging for The Telegraph.

Before launching her own retail chain, the designer Cath Kidston worked for Haslam.[8]

In March 2013, Haslam published a book entitled "Nicky Halslam's Folly de Grandeur: Romance and revival in an English country house" that reveals the history and design behind his own home.

Haslam launched a collection with Lady Annabel Astor's luxury furniture company OKA in September 2013, inspired by gothick-influenced furniture and accessories found in his home. [9]

Memoir[edit]

In his 2009 memoir, Redeeming Features, Haslam claims that he had an affair with photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones shortly before the latter married Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom.[10]

Books[edit]

  • Haslam, Nicholas (2002). Sheer Opulence: Modern Glamour for Today's Interiors. Watson-Guptill. p. 176. ISBN 978-0-8230-4797-0. 
  • Redeeming Features , published in November 2009 by Knopf (US) and Jonathan Cape (UK).
  • Nicky Haslam's Folly de Grandeur: Romance and revival in an English country house. Published in 2013 by Jacqui Small LLP (UK) ISBN 978-1906417857

Cabaret performances[edit]

In June 2009 Haslam performed five nights of Hart and Cole at Bellamy's Restaurant in London. To celebrate the launch of the new Beaufort Bar at the Savoy in London in November 2010, Haslam performed two nights of cabaret, singing Cole Porter songs to a private audience that included Kate Moss, Jerry Hall and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. In March 2014, Haslam performed cabaret at the Spectrum Ball at the Globe Theatre, hosted by Francis Boulle, to benefit the National Autistic Society.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/all/results?recordCount=-1&forenames=Nicholas&_includeForenamesVariants=on&surname=Haslam&_includeSurnameVariants=on&fromYear=1939&toYear=1939&region=&county=&mothersMaidenName=&_useMothersMaidenNameAsSurname=on&sortOrder=RK%3Atrue&_performExactSearch=on&event=B&recordType=ALL&route=
  2. ^ Janus: The Papers of William Heywood Haslam
  3. ^ "Ponsonby—Marks Engagement", The New York Times, 9 October 1923
  4. ^ "New Yorkers Get Divorces in Reno", The New York Times, 14 January 1930
  5. ^ "Dr. Henry E. Marks, 79, Camp NYDA Founder", The New York Times, 1 June 1970
  6. ^ "John Hilder Loeb, 72, An Ex-Brillo Executive", The New York Times, 12 July 1991
  7. ^ Truly, Madly, Nicky | Style | Vanity Fair
  8. ^ "Cath Kidston to pocket £30m from sale of brand 20 years after shop assistant created famous nostalgic designs". Mail Online. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  9. ^ World-renowned designer Nicky Haslam creates a new range for Broadway interiors shop OKA, Gloucestershire Echo, 20 November 2013
  10. ^ Churcher, Sharon; Johnson, Angella (13 September 2009). "Lord Snowdon and I were lovers, says society designer Nicky Haslam". Daily Mail (London). 

Bibliography[edit]

  • http://www.vanityfair.com/style/features/2008/09haslam2000809
  • People. Liz Elliot meets Nicholas Haslam in London and at home in Hampshire, and understands why he has become one of the most important figures - and characters - in British Interior Design. House and Garden. Feb. 2008.
  • Dreaming of the Côte d'Azur. An NH Design decorated villa and garden in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. Architectural Digest. March 2008.
  • Picture Perfect, Stanley House. Feature on interior in London for a Russian client, designed by Nicky Haslam of NH Design. The World of Interiors. March 2007.
  • Stanley House, Russian Architectural Digest. May 2007.
  • House of Tricks. Dublin Townhouse decorated by Nicky Haslam of NH Design. House and Garden. Nov. 2006.
  • Jungle Diva. By Nicholas Haslam, Article on Dorothy Draper. The World of Interiors. Oct. 2006.
  • Pradelles, Janet de Botton's house in Provence, Vogue Living. Oct. 2006.
  • The House and Garden Directory of the 100 Leading Interior Designers. House and Garden, 2006
  • Modern English. To redo his Manhattan apartment, writer Hugh Bush calls on British design guru Nicholas Haslam to redecorate. Elle Decor, Nov. 2004.
  • New Quarters, Nicky Haslam of NH Design re-decorating a New Orleans House. House and Garden, Oct. 2000.
  • Fresh Eyre. Peter Eyre's apartment decorated by Nicky Haslam of NH Design, The World of Interiors. Dec. 1997.
  • "Pavilioned Splendour. Leamington Pavilion, Barbados." House and Garden. June 1993.
  • Haslam's Folly. The Hunting Lodge. House and Garden. Oct. 1993.
  • In the image of Beaton. Cecil Beaton's one-time house is now home to interior designer Nicholas Haslam. House and Garden. Oct. 1991.
  • Nicky Haslam: Party Monster. The Independent, 21 March 2004.

External links[edit]

Photographs of Nicky Haslam: