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Groovy Time Traveller: Hicks & Adler

I was catching up with an old friend recently and during our conversation she used the word “groovy”. I can’t remember the last time I heard that word, and it conjured up all kinds of great rooms in my head. Two designers whose rooms are particularly groovy are David Hicks and Jonathan Adler.

David Hicks, a design maven who passed away in 1998 was best known for being the very essence of swinging 1960’s British style (NY Times). Known for his use of bright color combinations, geometric designs and playfulness in his design, he provides plenty of inspiration for young designers in both the home and fashion worlds. I love this quote of his:  “but I think charm never hurts.” He introduced the world to a new groovy sense of style, but decide for yourself:

The beds in David’s Britwell House, 1969

Music Room for the Marquess of Londonderry

Living Room in a Sussex House, 1971

David’s Bed in his South of France home, 1970

John Panchaud’s Drawing Room in London, 1969

Tokyo Restaurant, 1976

Jonathan Adler, on the other hand, is a different sort of groovy. His happy-go-lucky luxury products had humble beginnings. He began dappling in pottery as a child and has expanded his creative art, design and business into a full fledged housewares company that is now highly successful. Jonathon clearly takes a different approach to design, going as far as creating a manifesto for clients (please read). Bottom line? He thinks home design should be fun, groovy and life enhancing. I love his lighting fixtures and playful children’s line. Here is the evidence of his grooviness:

Private Residence, Shelter Island

The Parker, Palm Springs

Private Residence, New York City

Trina Turk Store, New York City

Parker Residence, New York City

Private Residence, New York City

Paul Simon’s 59th Street Bridge Song

Feelin’ groovy!

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