You can describe Martin Waller as a global nomad, and he wouldn’t mind at all. The co-founder and president of Andrew Martin — and lead behind all the company’s globally inspired, heirloom-quality designs — takes his inspiration from travel. Here, we got a bit on his personal style, his crazy-unusual collections — and the one most important element of any well-designed room:
What inspires your work? Travel (especially to Africa, Timbuktu, and Thailand).
How would you describe your designs? (3 words max!) Relaxed, multicultural, masculine.
We hear you’re a very interesting guy — tell us the most fascinating thing about yourself. Nothing is more incredible than the miracle of being alive. It never ceases to amaze me that we are here at all.
Whoa… that’s rather intense. OK, moving beyond the existential… how about this collection of signatures/autographs we hear you’ve got!? I’m fascinated by old letters and autographs I’ve bought a huge variety over the years from Queen Elizabeth 1, FDR, and Tolstoy to Elvis. You reach out and touch history.
Well, that sounds pretty stylish to us… classic, and not trying too hard! So, what’s your office like? We hear it’s awesome… It’s full of strange items and old textile books. There are Egyptian funeral masks, a picture of an Arab horseman, and a baseball from the estate of Marilyn Monroe signed by Joe DiMaggio and other New York Yankees.
You had us at the horseman. What’s the biggest design pet peeve you see in people’s apartments/homes? Lights too dim to read by.
So, besides top-notch lighting… what’s the one most important element of any well-designed room? Pay attention to the wall color — there’s more wall than anything else. Don’t spend only 10 minutes in the paint store.