NICKY SUMMER: MY LIFE IN DESIGN


ABOVE: From top left, clockwise: Master bedroom of duplex penthouse at 130 Park Lane, Mayfair, London; S/Y ‘Wonderful’ in the Caribbean; 47th Floor apartment in San Francisco; 5 bed villa with grounds, pool, office and gym in the South Of France.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Over the past 20 years my team and I have fully refurbished and designed over 50 residential properties at the very top of the international sector for prominent names from media, entertainment, property, sport, business and banking (details further down this page). The focus is always on creating a beautiful, comfortable indoor/outdoor ambience that reflects the character of the property itself and is tailored specifically to the requirements of the client, often using furnishings and luxury accessories designed in-house. Having a background in showbusiness myself, I understand perfectly the mindset of our well traveled clients who are generally looking for a classic contemporary home where they can both relax and entertain. Projects progress quickly, with the minimum fuss, and we always aim to complete exactly on time and on budget. Many of the background stories relating to specific works appear in the pages of this online magazine (http://www.cityandbeachmag.com). For a full list of our projects, high res images and more information contact: info@cityandbeachmag.com


S/Y Wonderful in the Caribbean

Left: Cover story on St James’s Place, London SW1; Right: Cover story, Gate Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Rincon Hill, San Francisco

CLIENT & PROJECT LIST: Global investor Jim Mellon in San Francisco (47th floor apartment, full design and installation); international broadcaster and publisher Andrew Neil in both London and the South of France (5 bed villa with pool, office and gardens plus a duplex apartment, both fully refurbished and furnished); the contemporary Thames-side apartment designed by Sir Norman Foster and lived in by French Chelsea FC football player Claude Makelele and his family (full installation and furnishing); Dubai based tycoon Mahdi (Amer) Al Tagir (Knightsbridge courtyard house, partial furnishing); Norwegian shipping heir, Petter Hagland (penthouse duplex, South Kensington, full property refurbishment and design); Belgian investment bank founder Pierre Schroeder (yacht in Turkey – as seen in the video above – and duplex penthouse in Mayfair, London, full refurbishment, design and installation of both); a prominent English high court judge (Notting Hill property designed by architect John Pawson, full furnishing); a Russian family (first floor apartment in Grosvenor Square, London, full furnishing); a Hong Kong based couple (Ennismore Mews conversion, Knightsbridge), furnishing and upgrading existing installations); a former Australian media mogul (Eaton Square apartment, full furnishing); a German industrialist (1st floor Park Lane apartment, full furnishing); a boutique property developer (full refurbishment, interior design of three different Kensington apartments, a Cadogan Square duplex, a Thames-side property, Windsor); an English couple (townhouse, Trevor Street, Knightsbridge, full furnishing); a Kenyan family (10 bed mansion, Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington, fully furnished); a prominent Irish couple (Kensington mansion, fully furnished) and the Park Lane duplex lived in by ‘Harry Potter’ film director David Yates (full furnishing in classic contemporary style). For a full list of our projects, high res images and more information contact: info@cityandbeachmag.com


ABOVE: A54 Albion Riverside designed by architect Sir Norman Foster; interior installations by Nicky Summer and team

ABOVE: Details from the ‘Palazzo Venezia’ showcase event for contributors to http://www.cityandbeachmag.com. Floral decor by Rob Van Helden, Bellini’s by Cipriani, Event Design by Nicky Summer

EVENT DESIGN: In addition to residential interiors, my team and I have also been responsible for designing many high profile events on behalf of a prominent clients and luxury brands including the following: Re-launch of former Presidential yacht M/Y Savarona in Istanbul – European VIP attendance at a long weekend event for 2,000 international VIP’s including the Turkish Prime Minister and President; a government led ‘Say No To Drugs’ campaign spearheaded by HRH Princess Diana while consulting with Matthew Freud of Freud Communications; the ‘Palazzo Venetia’ showcase lunch event for contributors to the http://www.cityandbeachmag.com online magazine; Monte’s: Lifestyle Ambassador for four years to this exclusive private member’s club in Sloane Street, London – first outpost of superchef Alain Ducasse outside of Paris. Supported by a formally trained and predominantly French team, I organised events that included dinners for Cartier (150th Anniversary); private dinners celebrating Champagne Krug; various lunches with Moet & Chandon; a fashion event with Valentino for the Red Cross (of which I was a committee member); dinners for anyone who is anyone in London society plus astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Danny De Vito, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and a Burns Night Dinner event co-hosted by myself and international publisher and broadcaster Andrew Neil which was attended by chairman of Conde Nast, Sir Nicholas Coleridge, restaurant critic AA Gill, TATLER editor Nicola Formby, restaurateur Sir Christopher Gilmour, hypnotist and author Paul McKenna and publisher Ed Victor. I also redesigned and restyled the first floor dining room (including the installation of parquet flooring that remains today in the building’s reincarnation as ‘Sumosan Twiga’). Diwali dinner event on behalf of Freud Communications attended by London’s social elite and covered by national press and consumer magazines. I was responsible for the guest list and I personally created the concept, invitations and décor, as with most of the sample events listed here; Hampton’s International: Launch of the Barbados office for Hampton’s International including the concept, VIP guest list, and invitation and resort wear fashion show. Launch of Club ‘M’ – outpost of the private member’s club by chef Anton Mosimann OBE including concept, invitation format, menu format, VIP guest list, entertainment, media coverage; a 40th Birthday event in Venezia; a wedding in Dorset; a summer party at Radio Rooftop London and the annual City & Beach Lifestyle Awards…


ABOVE: M/Y Savarona in Istanbul moored on The Bosphorous opposite the Ciragan Palace

ABOVE: HRH Princess Diana photographed by Mario Testino at the time of the government led S.N.T.D. campaign; Nicholas Haslam, Nicky Summer, Anton Mosimann OBE at the launch of ‘Club M’; Herbert Ypma of HIP Hotels accepting his City & Beach Lifestyle Award

Additional events I’ve organised include the launch of The Fox Club in Clarges Street, Mayfair, on behalf of Tim and Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels; the launch of all the penthouse apartments at the new luxury developments by St George plc that line the Thames – from Putney Wharf downstream to St George’s Wharf – including the concept, invitation format, cross branding (with names such as Ferrari and Lamborghini), guest list, entertainment, catering, etc; the launch of Kings Chelsea (552 King’s Road, London SW10) – the concept and attendance of social VIP’s at the launch event that included a drinks reception in association with Champagne Krug, a three course gourmet dinner, a private performance by Darcey Bussell OBE and a fashion show by designer Amanda Wakeley OBE. This major event was followed by several additional evenings including the Maharaja’s Dinner that launched various aspects of the development… For a list of additional events, images and more information contact info@cityandbeachmag.com


ABOVE: With VOGUE photographer Mario Testino; with rockstar Bryan Adams at the launch of my regular supper club; with super-chef Wolfgang Puck at 45 Park Lane

LIFESTYLE DESIGN: Over the course of my career, I’ve modeled for brands such as Lancôme, L’Oreal and Mappin & Webb, appeared in a James Bond movie and several television commercials, presented luxury lifestyle on video, acted as a lifestyle ambassador and influencer to a number of high profile brands including Olympus Pen F cameras, the wildlife conservation charity Protect African Lions, House Of Life London organic skincare, HB Health London medi-spa, MUSE King’s Road boutique and 5* ME London Hotel in Covent Garden, reviewed and consulted with several international hotel groups, devised the Viking Point Lifestyle Diet, produced http://www.cityandbeachmag.com digital magazine since 2014, decorated over 50 residential properties around the world and organised international events that include exclusive restaurant/private club openings, luxury product launches and weddings. I produce the annual City & Beach Lifestyle Awards and also run a regular supper club in London and LA for friends and industry contacts.


Hair by Jonothon Malone using products by ‘SHOW’; makeup by Ginni Bogado using
cosmetics by Charlotte Tilbury; dress from Louise Kennedy


ABOVE: International publisher and broadcaster Andrew Neil accepts his City & Beach Lifestyle Award for our Best Interiors Client (London & South Of France)

Cocktails at The Marconi Lounge, ME London Hotel, flagship of Melia Hotels & Resorts

ABOVE: As Lifestyle Ambassador at ME Hotel; talking on camera with director Tom Furr about interior design; appearing in a James Bond fashion event in London

For a complete list of our interiors, event and lifestyle projects, images, testimonies, budgets and/or our terms and conditions please contact info@cityandbeachmag.com.


Nicky, NICKY SUMMER


ABOVE: Kelly Hoppen, Britt Ekland, Elizabeth Hurley, Nicky Summer in a celebrity endorsed Protect African Lions wildlife ‘blue bracelet’ conservation campaign.

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