Martin Waller is the director and co-founder of the interior design and homeware company Andrew Martin International. With over 17 showrooms and counting, Andrew Martin has established itself as the go-to brand for unique, statement pieces influenced by a mix of global cultures since opening its doors in 1978.
Soon after the brand took off, Martin also found success designing sets and worked on the James Bond films ‘A View To Kill’ and ‘The Living Daylights’.
Fed by his love of travel and extensive trips across every continent, Martin has even been nicknamed ‘The modern day Indiana Jones’, bringing back inspiration in bucketloads to influence his homeware designs.
When did you realise you wanted to work with interiors? I was inspired by Barbara Hulanicki’s Biba in the early 1970s, still the greatest store I’ve ever been to.
What’s your most favourite room of all time? The Egyptian room at the British museum – Ozymandias right in front of you
What do you start with when designing an interior? A cheque!
How does designing film sets differ from designing interiors? More money and less time.
The best part of my job is…Searching the world for strange treasure from Naga Land, to Timbuktu, to Siberia.
What trends in interiors are going to be popular in the coming year? A retreat from contemporary art back to an appreciation of classical and renaissance art.
Who, what or where inspires you? The Quaker abolitionists who campaigned against slavery at the beginning of the 19th century.
If you had to pick one piece of homeware to invest in, what would it be? A Nespresso machine
What’s coming up next for Andrew Martin? In 2012 we opened showrooms in San Francisco, Houston, Minneapolis and Shanghai – in 2013 we’ll be opening one in Hung Jo and two more in the Middle East.
As well as designing interiors, I’m also good at… Feeding elephants and elephant polo