Martin Waller started Andrew Martin in 1978 and, in 1996, launched the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award – known as the “Oscars of the design world”. He has been involved in designing film sets (James Bond, Harry Potter), hotels (Mandarin, Firmdale, El Lodge) and corporate HQs. His inspiration derives from his many adventures.
Did you grow up in the country?
I was brought up on the Essex/Suffolk border, which is an enchanting neck of the woods, with Finchingfield, Lavenham, Long Melford and Constable country close by. By nature I’m very much a city person – London has been my main base since I was 18. But families need space, and moving to the countryside was an attempt to replicate my own happy childhood for my kids.
Can you describe your house?
My country home is in Sussex – it’s late Georgian, which is unusual here. It has all the typical Georgian features: high ceilings, full-height windows and great proportions.
Why did you choose it?
We lived in Brighton previously, in a wonderful spot right on the seafront, but we always wanted a classic English country house surrounded by nature.
What’s the view from your study window?
The study looks out to the garden. We have deer wandering across here, which I think is wonderful. I’m not a gardener and I’m always more on the side of the wildlife – the rabbits destroying the lawn and the deer eating the roses. I’m glad rewilding is such a trend. It’s the best excuse for doing nothing.