The most famous British designer of his day, David Hicks (1929–1998) wowed the English decorating world with his bold geometric prints, electrifying color combinations, and quirky mix of antique and contemporary furniture. Thanks to his prodigious talent, his gift—and penchant—for publicity, and his connection to the royal family through his marriage to Lady Pamela Mountbatten (cousin of Prince Philip), Hicks attracted an A-list clientele drawn from the aristocracy, media, and fashion.
For decades, Hicks documented every salient moment of his life in scrapbooks, amassing 24 volumes in all. They contain press clippings, party invitations, swatches of his signature textile patterns, sketches of interiors, magazine articles on his projects, and hundreds of photographs, mainly family snapshots but also his own photographs of people like Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, and Andy Warhol. Many of the pages are laid out in a graphic collage style, now yellowed and stained, lending a patina of history. And many are embellished with drawings and notations, revealing Hicks’s turn of mind and sense of whimsy. For this volume his son, Ashley Hicks, has carefully chosen more than 325 of the best pages—providing a poignant window into the extraordinary world of David Hicks and a handmade time capsule of an era.
Ashley Hicks, an architect and interior designer, is the author of David Hicks: Designer and David Hicks: A Life of Design. Since 2003 he has produced a line of fabrics, carpets, and wallpaper called David Hicks by Ashley Hicks.
London’s great aristocratic interior designer David Hicks, who soared to fame in the early ’60s for his rigorously colorful, elegantly designed rooms for clients such as Prince Charles and Vidal Sassoon, compiled comprehensive scrapbooks over many decades – 25 volumes and more than 3,000 pages total – documenting his career in press clippings, party invites, personal photos, and letters. Now, almost 20 years after he died, his son, Ashley, also a successful designer, has photographed them to create a 336-page version of his father’s greatest hits.
Nearly 20 years after Hicks’s death, the style maker’s son, architect and designer Ashley Hicks, has released David Hicks Scrapbooks, an artfully condensed sampling of the 25 leather-bound volumes of press clippings, snapshots, and mementos.
After perusing David Hicks Scrapbooks, an overview of the legendary interior designer’s pages of personal inspirations, you’ll want to start your own.
Legendary British decorator David Hicks compiled 25 volumes of fastidiously executed scrapbooks before his death in 1998. Compiled here by his son Ashley Hicks, they transcend both his personal and professional life.
Inside the late British designer and royal-in-law’s icon-studded, meticulous scrapbooks.
In David Hicks Scrapbooks, the London designer has skillfully selected 300 pages from his late father’s stunning 25 volumes of scrapbooks. It’s filled to the brim with Hicks’s sketches of interiors, hundreds of photographs, fabric swatches, and umpteen assorted clippings.