Nicholas Haslam

Nicholas Haslam
Born Nicholas Ponsonby Haslam
(1939-09-27) 27 September 1939
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 Studio Ltd


Haslam was born at Great Hundridge Manor in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the third son of diplomat William Heywood Haslam (1889–1981)[1] and his wife, the former Diamond Louise Constance Ponsonby (aka Diana, b. 1897), who was 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.[2][3][4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.

In 2002 Haslam 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 The 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.[7]

In 2011 Nicky Haslam designed a unique set for the play "As I like it" by Amanda Eliasch and for her house on Cheyne Walk.[8][9][10]

In March 2013, Haslam published a book entitled "Nicky Halslam's Folly de Grandeur: Romance and revival in an English country house", which 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 from his home.[11]

He is a supporter of the Conservative Party.[12]


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.[13]


Cabaret performances

In June 2009, Haslam performed for five nights singing Hart and Cole songs 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. In 2013 he released an album celebrating his singing and memories with his friends, Helena Bonham Carter, Tracey Emin, Amanda Eliasch, Bob Geldof, Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger; called "Midnight Matinee", it was produced by his friend David Ogilvy.[14]

See also


  1. "Janus: The Papers of William Heywood Haslam". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. "Ponsonby—Marks Engagement", The New York Times, 9 October 1923
  3. "New Yorkers Get Divorces in Reno", The New York Times, 14 January 1930
  4. "Dr. Henry E. Marks, 79, Camp NYDA Founder", The New York Times, 1 June 1970
  5. "John Hilder Loeb, 72, An Ex-Brillo Executive", The New York Times, 12 July 1991
  6. Peretz, Evgenia. "Truly, Madly, Nicky". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  7. "Cath Kidston to pocket £30m from sale of brand 20 years after shop assistant created famous nostalgic designs". Mail Online. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  8. Harpers and Queen
  9. "Theatre gets fashionable with Amanda Eliasch debut". 2 June 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  10. "Socialite Amanda Eliasch only cheated on her husband with one man... though it was for several years". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  11. World-renowned designer Nicky Haslam creates a new range for Broadway interiors shop OKA, Gloucestershire Echo, 20 November 2013
  12. "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - Election 2005 - Who's backing whom at the election?". Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  13. Churcher, Sharon; Johnson, Angella (13 September 2009). "Lord Snowdon and I were lovers, says society designer Nicky Haslam". Daily Mail. London.


Photographs of Nicky Haslam:

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