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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833306
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Hicks book is THE book of the season."
—Stephen Drucker, Editor in Chief, House Beautiful

"[A] lavish illustrated survey of the renowned British decorator’s work by his son...plenty of dish on Hicks’s glamorous life and times..."
The New York Times Magazine
 
"[A]n elegant volume that showcases Hicks' power to conjure up an entirely new atmosphere and transform a space into an enchanting oasis. With 700 breath taking illustration this gorgeous book will be an instant classic…!"
—Le Petit Blog
 
"If you are a Hicks fan, or if you collect monographs of great designers, I think this book will be a worthy addition to your collection."
Peak of Chic
 
"If you can't get to Paris to experience David Hicks designs in person then I recommend the new book, David Hicks: A Life of Design by his son Ashley Hicks."
Habitually Chic 
 
"[A]n intimate portrait of the ultimate designer...a technicolor biography..."
Design New England

About the Author

Ashley Hicks is a designer of interiors, furniture, carpet, and fabric. He has designed private homes in the U.K., New York, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as retail stores for his wife, Allegra Hicks, in London and New York. He lives in London.

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Mr. Hicks was the most famous decorator of his day.
Grady Harp
Amazing use of colour and beautiful examples of "tablescapes" from the man who invented the word.
Mrs. Danvers
This is a BIG beautifully illustrated book, with lots of text making a good read.
K. Ray

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Raffo on October 29, 2009
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This book is more about Hick's life than about his work or style. I am glad I bought it, but expected more: better glossier pictures, bigger pictures instead of so many small ones....I guess it's a book a son would write about the father he admires, but as a reader, I am not interested in his marriage, his private life, etc. For that I could buy a biography. I expected more about his work, better pictures, less about his life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Rees on August 4, 2010
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This a beautiful book on several levels. Ashley Hicks has provided an unsentimental and insightful overview of his father's career and masterfully edited a lifetime of designing and jetsetting into one gloriously rich weighty tome.
The book is layered with personal fragments of Hick's life...family phtographs, cherished heirlooms and notes from his sketchbooks. It really is an intensely readable combination of biography/design history.
Predictably, there are several previously published examples of his work (notably, from "Living with Design"), but this in no way diminishes the relevance of what is on offer here. For anyone interested in this great designer, this book is a must.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer J. Doyle on November 12, 2009
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many thanks to his wonderful son for writing this book. so much information. just about the best book in a long time
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By Dorothy Kamins on May 11, 2013
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A friend and contemporary of Mark Hampton; it seems they were able to compromise and still follow their ambitions for the project in which they were involved.
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