Sunday, October 4, 2009

David Hicks Gallery and Book

Did you know there is a David Hicks France gallery in Paris? Neither did I. Lucky for me, I happened to walk by it on my way to the Jardin du Luxembourg on the last day of my trip. David Hicks designs have been emulated and expanded on by many designers over the years but there is nothing like seeing the originals. While new designers tend to pump up the color and kitsch factor, David Hicks original designs are much more sophisticated and interesting. He also mixed antiques with modern furniture, color and patterns which was the key to his look and it's often the antiques that are missing from the new interpretations.

In one room of the David Hicks France gallery, the bright red accents are grounded by the brown walls. You can also see one of his iconic carpet designs in the room. You can order David Hicks carpets from Stark Carpet in New York.

What I can't find is anyone in the US who sells the rest of the David Hicks line which includes furniture, lighting, and accessories. The Paris gallery also have wallpaper patterns I haven't seen anywhere else.

The David Hicks France gallery was such a great find and there was so much to look at that I felt like a kid in a candy store! I definitely wait to go back!

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. I've already been enjoying it and all the new photos of his work. Although his style was considered radical at the time, it now seems timeless to me as you can see in the following interiors. I just wish we had a David Hicks gallery in the US so everyone could appreciate his work in person!

My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms, and how to mix old with new. - David Hicks, 1968



10 comments:

maison21 said...

the greatest interior decorator of all time- how cool that he still has a gallery in france. thanks for letting us know about it!

Guillaume said...

Hi Heather!
I totally understand your enthusiasm on David Hicks store, the only remaining one from all Hicks stores there used to be around the world in the 1970s.
I actually did an interview of David Hicks Artistic director some time ago:
http://blogs.dekio.fr/hansaxel/2008/10/20/interview-with-christophe-daboville-artistic-director-david-hicks-france/

Enjoy!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Incredibly gifted and such a sense of self, leading, intriguing, amazing.

DoxaHome.com said...

What a wonderful find, thanks for sharing! So excited to see it for myself on my next trip;)

jones said...

I love this post!! David Hicks is one of my heroes--the perfect mix of new and old, positive color and high energy patterns; so current and classy. Thanks for making your photos "clickable", being able to see the detail in every photo is great.

Gaj said...

Now THAT is chic. I also never saw this in Paris! Do you know who put this gallery together? It has a considerable French flair to it,no?

Ivy Lane said...

How lucky for you that you walked by the gallery!! and even luckier for us that you posted it today! Thank You!!!

I didn't know I could click on each pic to see them in greater detail...going back to do that NOW!

Happy Monday!

Bailey Quin said...

Love the hidden door with the wallpaper and the paneling, thanks for the great inspiration!

red ticking said...

MAGNIFICENT.

Takema M. Robinson said...

Love that wall paper and I can't decide which desk is better! That's what you call good design. Loverly!

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