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DAVID HICKS (UNITED KINGDOM 1929–98)

Let there be no doubt about it, suave as he was, with his bespoke suits, slicked-back hair and patrician good looks, David Nightingale Hicks (1929–98) was a committed revolutionary. Composing rooms of arresting opulence through his magisterial orchestration of cacophonous colors and patterns, Italian modern mixed with Louis XV furnishings and counterintuitive plays of scale, he forever rocked the stately world of interior design.

As a zealot of style, he took no prisoners. “Dedication to design means ruthless criticism and losing friends,” he once declared. He was not exaggerating. His wife claimed that he conceived his signature high-gloss brown walls as a result of her throwing glasses of Coca-Cola at him during their alarmingly frequent marital spats.

By the time he was 25, Hicks, who had attended London’s Central School of Art and Design and endured a couple of arid years in the art department of the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, had the crème de la crème of London society as clients — and he was being entertained by them! Within a few years, he was courting Lady Pamela Mountbatten, the daughter of Lord Mountbatten, the last British viceroy of India, and the uncle of Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband. They married in 1960 and acquired Britwell, a Georgian pile in Oxfordshire, which became the family seat, design lab and showplace.

The first truly modern interior Hicks ever designed was Lord John Cholmondeley’s penthouse overlooking Hyde Park, in 1967. The graphic boldness of the scheme — brightly colored walls outlined in dark hues and dynamic geometric-patterned carpets — echoed the energy and attitude of the hard-edge painting that was then at the fore. Here, as in all his interiors, he included what he called “tablescapes,” vignettes of artfully arranged objects and artworks that added interest and life to the room. They were soon widely copied. Another landmark interior came in the early 1970s, when he revived Baronscourt, a grand neoclassical house in Northern Ireland, by giving it an entirely contemporary decor.

In addition to his immense creative talent, Hicks had a keen entrepreneurial acumen and vision. While he could have made a fine business simply designing grand homes for the wealthy and titled, he expanded his studio to include offices, boutiques, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs. He had showrooms all over the world, and he embarked on licensing agreements for ranges of vividly hued, geometric-patterned sheets and towels, clothes, umbrellas and bags.

The British designer was as daring as he was debonair, deploying a brazen mix of colors and patterns that came to define the groovy-glamorous interiors of the Swinging Sixties.

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David Hicks on Bathrooms, First Edition Book
By David Hicks
Located in valatie, NY
David Hicks on bathrooms. Britwell Salome: Britwell Books Limited, 1970. First American edition hardcover with dust jacket. 151 pp. The third in a series of books on decorating by th...
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20th Century English David Hicks Furniture

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David Hicks on Bathrooms Hardcover Book
By David Hicks
Located in Oakland Park, FL
David Hicks on Bathrooms hardcover book Dust jacket is not in perfect condition Hardcover: 152 pages Publisher: Ty Crowell Co; F First American Edition (June 1970) Package dimens...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage David Hicks Furniture

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David Hicks Desk, circa 1960, France
By David Hicks
Located in Girona, Spain
David Hicks desk. Black lacquered wooden desk with two superimposed extension panels on either side with an open drawer space in the center. Leather inlay desk top. Elegant and mo...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern David Hicks Furniture

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David Hicks Sofa Table, circa 1970s
By David Hicks
Located in Stockholm, SE
A coffee table designed by David Hicks, circa 1970s. Made in gilt-brass and glass. Retailed by Galleria Pitti, Rome.  
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Late 20th Century English Mid-Century Modern David Hicks Furniture

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Brass

Set of David Hicks Vintage Hard-Cover Decorative Books
By David Hicks
Located in Oakland Park, FL
David Hicks, Style and Design, by Little Brown & Company, Boston, 1987 David Hicks on decoration, by The Macmillan Company, New York, 1966 David Hicks on decoration - 5, by Britwell ...
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage David Hicks Furniture

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David Hicks Living with Design Coffee Table Book
By David Hicks
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A very nice clean copy of David Hicks now out of print coffee table book, "Living With Color". Known as one of the most influential interior designer/decorators of the 20th century, ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage David Hicks Furniture

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David Hicks Stacked "Sculpture" Table, circa 1960s
By David Hicks
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual and rare coffee table by David Hicks, known as "Tavola Scultura". Stacked ,chrome-plated metal pieces arranged in a clever graduated design. Original tempered glass top.    
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage David Hicks Furniture

David Hicks Set of First Edition Garden and Flower Arranging Books
By David Hicks
Located in New York, NY
A set of three first edition books by David Hicks, the legendary designer. This set of out-of-print books focuses on garden design and flower arranging. All in very good condition wi...
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1970s English Vintage David Hicks Furniture

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