Nicholas Haslam Ltd is an award-winning, London-based interior design studio that creates exceptional residential, hospitality, and commercial interiors around the world. Our team of designers and logistics experts work together seamlessly to create inspiring and innovative home environments for each of our clients. Whilst many of our projects are private residences located in London, recent work includes mountain chalets in Courchevel and Gstaad, a penthouse in Miami, a New York townhouse, and several houses in the Dominican Republic. CovetED brings you an inside look into the interior designer‘s work.
Though Paolo and Philip are equally passionate about design, neither of them set out to be a designer. Born and raised in Italy, Paolo studied Political Science in Florence. It was at the age of 23, after university, that he came to stay in London for a few months. He ended up running an interiors shop—and never left. Philip, who was born and raised in Belgium, says his parents gave him three choices of the profession: doctor, banker or lawyer. However, during his first year at university, he found ten years’ worth of a design magazine in his grandmother’s library and eagerly read every issue cover to cover. (This might have been a clue to his real interests.) After studying Commercial Management Engineering in Brussels, Philip began an accomplished career in marketing in the financial-services sector which took him to far-flung spots across the globe.
The design style of Nicholas Haslam Ltd has continued to evolve over the years. Whilst the firm was initially grounded in the principles of English design, the worldly aesthetic of Paolo and Philip has brought a more international point of view to its projects. The partners also have a clear vision: It’s essential to establish the difference between interior design and simply furnishing a house. They like to create the bones, to think about the interior architecture, to consider how everything works together. Architecture takes a great deal of effort, should be perfect and look perfect; interior design requires an equal amount of effort and should be perfect, yet never look perfect. Perfection in architecture is beautiful, but when it comes to interior design, it can lack personality and look very sterile. Paolo and Philip are consistently drawn to the idiosyncratic—interiors that are elegant but with an unexpected twist. They are always hoping to create that special element of surprise and humour.
Villa Igiea, Romantic Hotel in Sicily
Hunting Lodge in the Scottish Highlands
Central London Townhouse II
Portofino Garden & Guest House
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