The newly opened Design Museum was the perfect setting for the 20th anniversary Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award, and what a night it was. The Pure PR team were out in full force supporting the Andrew Martin team to create a night to remember.  With glasses of champagne in hand, the guests; including Katharine Pooley, Michael Reeves, David Carter (and Made in Chelsea's Mark-Francis Vandelli) toasted this year’s winner, Nicky Haslam, whose award was presented by former Dragon’s Den star, and esteemed interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE. In his acceptance speech Nicky Haslam shared his thoughts on the industry, commending those in the room for all their hard work, whilst making it clear that he thought the industry was undervalued when compared to other industries within the UK. With a career that started in the 1970s Nicky Haslam, whose contemporaries and muses included; Andy Warhol, Wallace Simpson, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss, has dedicated his life to the interior design industry, said of winning the award; “I’m overwhelmed to be the recipient of the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award. It is, after all, the Nobel prize, the Oscar and the Prix Goncourt, of the design world. This year also celebrates the Award’s 20th anniversary, and, as Martin (Martin Waller founder Andrew Martin International) has been a leading light in championing excellence in design in this country, it is very appropriate that the nomination for this accolade was held in London’s newly-opened Design Museum.

Portrait of Martin Waller, Andrew Martin International. Photo credit: Joe Pepler/REX 

Portrait of Martin Waller, Andrew Martin International. Photo credit: Joe Pepler/REX 

Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin and the awards said of the event: “Interior design is not about curtains, carpets and cushions. It is about personality and nobody has that more than Nicky Haslam. His work is shaped by his extraordinary life and his friendships. He wears his erudition lightly but his work embodies a century of culture and a world of sophistication.”

Entries for next year’s awards are now open at www.andrewmartin.co.uk