Visual Treats for Recent Peeps/Day 2- Interior by Sir David Hicks

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Peeps,

DH had it all; he rocked and swung his way all through London, New York and places beyond my heady dreams.  His interiors, whether commercial or residential may have all followed a format, but what a format and undoubtedly still relevant.  Bold color on the walls, over-sized contemporary art, antiquities (especially Classical statuary), period furniture done up in un-traditional fabrics, and crisp patterns for draperies, rugs, and wallpaper.  Legions of followers can't say enough about his legendary table-scapes where he mixed the high and low, the mundane with the magnificent; Sir Hicks took an almost irreverent approach to his use of objects and famously juxtaposed the playthings of princes with the less celebrated pittances of paupers and ordinary folk.  He was spot on in creating mood and drama; loved lacquer, metallic surfaces, Lucite, Far Eastern pottery, leather, flannel, modern lamps, antique prints--all this set in the spaces created within the tall, airy architecture of Georgian town-homes; and he abhorred chintz.  Without the influence of David Hicks, the works of Vicente, Albert, Kelly, Mark, Jonathan, Miles, Jamie and countless other top 100 designers would probably have folded into the vast and seemingly endless horizon of blandness called 'beige.'



Enjoy,
Shane



PS: The nine design books published by DH are readily available for purchase from your favorite independent book-store.

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