Edited by Alice Kelpie
Nicky Haslam:It used to be the East End. You used to see wonderful things there. There was a square that Peter the Great lived in called Swedenborg Square, just off the Ratcliffe Highway [now called the Highway, which runs from the City of London to Limehouse]. It’s been knocked down, it’s now a block of flats. There were romantic places like that. Actually it’s the Hawksmoor churches –St George in the East, St Anne’s Limehouse, all of them – those churches are amazing. How to build and decorate really came from there. You see where [Edwin] Lutyens got everything from.
JD: How has East London changed?
JD: What do you miss most about London when you’re not here?
JD: What old London institutions would you bring back?
JD: What changed?
JD: What’s the most surprising place you got inspiration from?
JD: What is originality to you?
JD: If space weren’t an object, what would you collect?
JD: Do you have a favourite artist?
JD: What art movement inspires you the most?
JD: What is the most glamorous hotel in the world?
JD: What is your favourite market in the world?
JD: Your colour palette is ever-changing, do you have any firm favourites that you never bore of?
JD: What is the most essential element of a room?
JD: Is there a room that you’ve decorated that you’d like to do again - for any reason?
JD: Any tips for decorating small spaces?
JD: When mixing prints, what are the dos and dont’s?
JD: Are there any House of Hackney prints you’d like to use?