Not only do I greatly admire the exquisitely-detailed design work of Britain's talented design star Nicky Haslam.................but he is also an incredibly good sport to say nothing about providing the most gorgeous gift wrapping backdrop. No wonder he gets invited to all the best parties (and is know to give smashing parties too), in my book he is a wonderfully gracious man. When his fabulous team suggested a gift wrapping video to go along with my Q & A interview for the Gift Wrapping Holiday 2010 series, I was honoured, thrilled, and intrigued to say the least. I would suggest you read the interview below before viewing both videos to see why Nicky wraps the way he does, a few tricks, a simple but exquisite signature touch, and Voilá..............his new book Redeeming Features stylishly wrapped up in Nicky Haslam style.
Nicky provides a surprise gift wrapped finale and wraps it up with a disarming smile. A personal request for my readers, please head over to his NH-Design blog and tell him what jolly good fun his gift wrapped video was to view, showing you how to do two things that will help you this season. How to do a quick ribbon measure and an proper technique for easily tying a simple bow. Multiple links for Nicky Haslam are listed at the bottom of this post so you can read more about the designer life of Nicky Haslam who really does do his own gift wrapping.
Nicky, you are the rock star of the interior design world, you party with the who's who around the globe, design for the rock stars, pal around with Mick Jagger, and hang out with Kate Moss, so the big question would be "what will you give Kate Moss for Christmas this year?"
As well as a huge kiss, a jeweled frog as she admired one I have.
The Evening Standard recently named you as one of London's most influential people because "he gets invited everywhere because he's the best company". Besides your good company, what do you consider a fabulous hostess gift?
Well, you can't go wrong with "fois gras!
Your creative lifestyle is evident in everything you do, design, and wear. Does gifting and it's presentation demand the same attention to detail?
Yes! Either wrap up well (or warm) or not at all!
What would you consider to be the best gift wrap paper style? Are you big on ribbon and bows? Or do you have another way to add your own gift wrapped style?
I like gold or white paper and a simple ribbon, and I always use tissue paper before wrapping. It is very luxurious to add tissue paper.
You have to be the person to ask "What should someone give Prince William and Kate Middleton as a wedding gift?"
Even a princess can never have too many hurricane lamps and candles!
If Oprah called and had you on her show to plug your juicy new memoir Redeeming Features what would you send her as a thank you gift?
I'd send her the recording of my recent cabaret act at The Savoy (to help launch their new bar ~ The Beaufort Bar).
How would someone recognize a gift from Nicky Haslam? What is your gift wrapped signature?
Their initials on a white card which I tuck into the bow.
My many thanks to Nicky Haslam, creative director Colette Van Den Thillart and Susan Moolman - PR
Links for Nicky Haslam
Financial Times-Diary of a Somebody
Redeeming Features by Nicky Haslam
YouTube videos provided by NH Design for A Gift Wrapped Life
Photo also via NH-Design.co.uk/