In a step to confirm its brand’s increasing emphasis on sophistication and glamour, style and design, Karma Royal Group has announced that the group has enlisted celebrated English interior designer Nicky Haslam to streamline the overall look of the group’s Karma Resort properties.
Mr. Haslam’s first project with Karma involved the refurbishment of Le Preverger, the magnificent former estate of the late British designer Laura Ashley in the medieval French village of La Garde-Freinet. Set on 150 picturesque acres of woods, olive groves and vineyards, just 13 miles from St-Tropez, Le Preverger is considered one of the jewels of the French Riviera, purchased in late 2012 by Karma Royal Group Chairman and CEO John Spence and added to his Karma Royal Group global portfolio of exclusive private enclaves. Completed in 2013, the refurbishment project encompassed the estate’s four-bedroom main chateau, including the creation and curation of a new library overseen by Ultimate Library, the bespoke library service founded by English entrepreneur Philip Blackwell, and eventually included the updating of the estate’s gardens and grounds, five-bedroom guest villa, four-bedroom coach house and two-bedroom pool house.
“ Nicky Haslam’s work on Le Preverger is a ravishing testament to his unique, incredible taste and style. In modernizing the property whilst paying tribute to the heritage and provenance of the house, he has succeeded beyond expectation in making Le Preverger an outstanding example of interior design. It was this hallmark of success that cemented the path to our present collaboration, for we believe that Nicky Haslam’s vibrant expressions of visual style is a perfect match with the Karma brand,” said John Spence, Chairman and Founder of Karma Royal Group. “ Nicky Haslam’s vision appeals to the adventurous free spirit in all of us, the wandering bon vivant with a hint of rebelliousness emerging from a cocoon of luxury and worldly glamour. His interiors can be a canvas of the Karma brand DNA and so, I am extremely exhilarated by this ongoing relationship. ”
“ It is extremely exciting to be involved with the Karma Royal Group and experiencing John Spence’s breadth of vision firsthand, “ said Mr. Haslam. “ The worldwide scope of the projects we are undertaking together is fascinating from the design point of view. The varied locations must have a shared theme, but each its own unique and memorable atmosphere unique to the setting. Our aim is to ensure that guests feel they are as much ‘at home’ while at the same time luxuriating in the rare and beautiful surroundings of each Karma Resort. ”
Mr. Haslam’s most immediate projects with Karma Royal Group involve interior design conceptualization, planning and execution for the group’s new resorts in Goa, India and in Bali, Indonesia on a site located next to Karma Kandara. He is also spearheading the completion of refurbishments for Karma Bavaria, a ski lodge and spa retreat in picturesque Schliersee in the Bavarian region of Germany, for Pelikanos, a luxurious beachfront villa estate on the Greek island of Mykonos, as well as Le Preverger, the magnificent chateau in the Cote D’Azur once owned by French actress Jeanne Moreau and English designer Laura Ashley.
BACKGROUND ON NH DESIGN AND NICKY HASLAM
After leading a colourful life as an international socialite, man-about-town and influential tastemaker on both sides of the Atlantic, Nicky Haslam established a fully-fledged international design company, NH Design, in London in 1972. NH Design is one of the world’s most distinguished and prolifically published interior design firms, renowned for opulent, original and timeless interiors as seen in Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, Vogue, House and Garden, Elle Décor, and Traditional Home. With a prime motivation of creating interiors that will be ‘flattering to their owners’ the firm’s work is seductively glamorous, layered with an historical knowledge and an originality that belies the practical and livable considerations always achieved. The mix of the deeply serious, grand and impressive, with charm and above all wit, is the NH Design trademark.
Clients have included, among hundreds, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Bryan Ferry, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong, both Maurice and Charles Saatchi, Rupert Everett, Alec Wildenstein, Mr & Mrs Peter Soros, Oleg Deripaska, Janet de Botton and the playwright Hugh Bush. Mr. Haslam has also designed parties for the Prince of Wales, Lord Rothschild, Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild, and Tina Brown.
Since 1972, NH Design now operates worldwide under the direction of a multinational staff, having recently completed projects in New Orleans, Barbados, Klosters Switzerland, while currently working on sites in Moscow, The South of France, Marrakech, New York, Italy, Ireland, London and several English country houses.
BACKGROUND ON KARMA ROYAL GROUP
Karma Royal Group is headed by Chairman and CEO, John Spence, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. In June 2013, John was invited to join leading entrepreneurs from around the world in Monaco to join the judging panel for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. In July 2013, John was honoured by the Yale University School of Architecture by being appointed the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow for the fall semester 2013/2014. Karma Royal Group is comprised of Royal Resorts, Karma Resorts, Karma Estates, Beach Club International and Karma Spa and has undergone significant expansion to its global network in recent years. This expansion includes the acquisition of Karma Bavaria ski resort in Germany, the iconic Karma Rottnest on Rottnest Island, Western Australia, the development of Karma Bahamas on Little Harbour Island and the purchase of one of the world’s iconic estates – the magnificent former home of Laura Ashley “Le Preverger” in the Cote D’Azur. Further expansion includes land acquisition and development plans in Cuba, Brazil, Japan, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. Karma Royal Group continues to set industry benchmarks with its passion and innovation in providing new products to engage its over 55,000 members and loyal clients throughout the world.
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