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Meet our founder and MD, Christian Hawley
This week we get up close and personal with our founder and managing director, Christian Hawley.
Having established Nest.co.uk way back in 2002, Christian Hawley has built up a quite a reputation in the design sector through the years. He is known for establishing and building Nest.co.uk into what it is today – the UK’s leading online design retailer – and for his support of emerging talent.
He was recently interviewed for a prestigious design publication and today we’d like to share snippets of the interview with you.
Read on to discover Christian’s proudest moment, what advice he would give himself if he were to do it all again, and his tip for The Next Big Thing…
Who are you?
Christian Hawley, founder and Managing Director of Nest.co.uk
Where can we find you?
We have a showroom and shop located in Sheffield’s vibrant outskirts at 9 Parkway Rise, Sheffield S9 4WQ. But, you can shop online 24 hours a day at www.nest.co.uk
Describe your store in five words:
Contemporary, aspirational, creative, friendly and fun.
What makes you different?
We truly believe we are the world’s best modern interiors store. We work hard to source the latest up-and-coming designers and brands, and we’re always on the lookout for new items we think our valued customers will like. We believe it is this dedication to new design that sets us apart from our competitors.
How you decide what makes the cut?
Quality – we really just do not compromise on this. If we are to stock and support a product, we really have to believe in the product, and quality is the over-riding factor in this. Nothing short of perfection makes it to the Nest.co.uk shop!
If you were starting again what advice would you give yourself?
Just get started. There really is never a perfect time for anything. I truly believe that to get ahead in life, you just need to begin, and go from there.
What are you most proud of?
Nest.co.uk was one of the earliest adopters of online retail within our field. In fact, we have been trading over the internet for over 12 years and it is this experience that has allowed us to develop and grow in the international market. So I would say that I am proud of establishing ourselves in the ecommerce industry at such an early stage – it really has made us who we are.
What's hot for 2014?
There are so many up-and-coming designers and brands right now that it’s hard to choose just one. Having said that, the brand I am really excited about at the moment is Hay. They are always creating new and exciting products year-on-year, and always have a fresh perspective. Keep an eye out for their latest addition of colourful accessories landing at Nest.co.uk very soon.
Head over to design journalist Caroline Camp’s blog to read the full interview.