David Hicks (1929-1998) was the famed interior designer of the 1960’s and 1970’s who used modern color combinations, geometric fabrics, rugs and patterns, painted furniture and upholstered walls to change interior design styles in Britian. He had an international influence on interior design trends and styles of following designers and continues to today. His look was a mix of contemporary and classic pieces with nothing matching quite too prefectly and therefore it looked just right. In 1960 he married Lady Pamela Mountbatten (who was the daughter of Earl Mountbatten and a bridesmaid to Queen Elizabeth II) which launched him into high British Society and his career took off.
Some of his projects from the David Hicks Archives
Feeling quite 1970’s…
and into the 1980’s
He is also famous for his “tablescapes”
He has been influential to many interior designers, notibly Mark Hampton who started his career with Hicks, Billy Baldwin and Victoria Hagan. The sitting room of Hicks’s London apartment, circa 1963, featured dark, “Coca-Cola-colored” walls offset by abstract art. “The graphic quality of that interior has always inspired me,” says Hagan (image below), “the use of color as a backdrop for more interesting elements”.
India Hicks, the youngest of David and Pamela Hicks three children, has had a successful career as a fashion model (often to be considered as one of Ralph Lauren’s top muses) interior designer, stylist and currently the host of the hit design show on Bravo Top Design. She is a second cousin of Prince Charles and was a bridesmaid for Princess Diana. In 2003, Hicks and her partner David Flint Wood published an interior design book entitled, Island Life: Inspirational Living and in 2005 Hicks published the sequel, Island Beauty.
They currently live on a small island in the Bahamas, where they built two plantation style guesthouses. They renovated a historic house The Landing, which now serves as a restaurant and hotel. Hicks is a creative partner to Crabtree and Evely and she has a successful shop where she sells clothes, linens and items she finds on her worldly travels. She is also very involved in several charities.
Her island home featured in Domino’s June/July 2007.
A reintroduced David Hicks original fabric on her headboard
Their hotel in the Bahamas The Landing.
has written many books on design, his fathers influences are very apparent.
His interior design and furniture lines are very impressive,
The always popular La Fiorentina
The third Hicks child is Edwina Brudenell. I can’t find much about her but given her genes she has
got to be doing something creative. That’s one talented family!