David Hicks, who died earlier this year, was probably one of the country’s most influential interior designers.
A man who claimed that he alone invented the profession of interior designer, his heyday spanned nearly 30 years from 1960- 98. With a style that has been described as ‘massive overscaling and deceptive simplicity’, some of Hicks’ design pronouncements echo today, including the grouping of objects and how to combine functionality with aesthetics.
A man of considerable hauteur with a flair for self-promotion, Hicks’ design dislikes included brightly coloured doors, anything made of wrought iron and standard lamps.
He was a prolific writer on design and the Worlds End Bookshop in the King’s Road, London, is offering a five-volume first edition set, published between 1966-72, of David Hicks on…. Decoration (x2), Bathrooms, Living with Taste and Decoration with Fabrics, at £1500 at PBFA’s Bloomsbury Christmas Fair at the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury on Saturday, December 2.
Sponsored by the Amazon-owned website AbeBooks, some 60 dealers at the fair will be offering antiquarian and scarce secondhand books and ephemera including modern first editions, rare signed titles, children’s titles, rare travel books, cookery, natural history and illustrated works.