When you combine the experience of a flamboyant, internationally-renowned interior designer with a luxury British furniture brand, the results are always going to be dramatic.
Designer to the stars, Nicky Haslam, linked up with OKA’s co-founder Annabel Astor a year ago with the idea of working together.
The result is a unique collection of striking pieces of furniture with medieval architectural influences in natural colours, as well as colourful fabrics, cushions and home accessories.
The collection, which is available at the OKA store in Broadway, is a celebration of Gothic Revival, injecting interiors with glamour and magic.
Stand-out pieces include a detailed Arcady chair, dramatic Origo headboard inspired by an Italian bedroom from the 1920s, and a quirky Gothic side table.
The use of colour on most of the furniture is minimal, bringing to focus the unusual carvings, shapes and design.
Nicky describes his collection as “the cream of the many years’ crops”.
“Since its conception OKA has been one of my favourite interior design sources so I was extremely excited when Annabel suggested this collaboration,” he says.
“We share a similar design ethos: that rooms must read as a whole. Nothing ‘safe’, nothing ‘obvious’, the emphasis always on useful but imaginative furnishings.”
Nicky has been leading the way in interior design since the Seventies and founded his architectural and design firm, NH Design, in the late Eighties.
The company is renowned for high-end design and bespoke furnishings and works on projects all over the world from the English countryside to New York, Barbados and Monaco.
Over the years Nicky’s celebrity clientele has included Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr and Rupert Everett.
He’s also designed the decor for some of the most glamorous parties including the Opera Ball in Hong Kong and events for the Prince of Wales.
“During several decades designing interiors I’ve constantly kept a keen eye open for that unique piece of furniture, or indeed object, that gives a room ‘oomph’,” Nicky says.
“Luckily I have found just that on many occasions, sometimes seen and sketched into the mind, sometimes acquired but always memorised.
“On the Pheasant Island in Babelsberg, the royal estate outside Berlin, stands a folly with one of my favourite rooms.
“I have used its wall coverings as inspiration many times and my new Babelsberg chairs, with their pared-down Chinoiserie aura, are a welcome addition to my particular passion for German 18th century design.”
The Gothic Revival also features strongly in the collection with Gothic-inspired fireplaces, chairs and cabinets.
Nicky reveals: “My eye always strays towards the Gothic as it’s a delightful style for small rooms, but scaled up, as many of these pieces are, it’s exciting to see how they work in far bigger spaces, where the details are more apparent.”
Nicky, who splits his time between London and Hampshire, recently visited Broadway to launch the new collection.
Annabel Astor, OKA CEO, comments: “Nicky has been a great friend for many years as well as an interiors genius, so I’m delighted to be able to bring the collection to our customers, giving them the unique opportunity to benefit from his design prowess and expertise.”
■ To view the Nicky Haslam for OKA collection visit the OKA shop in Broadway High Street or www.okadirect.com/nickyhaslam