Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Textbook Tuesday | David Hicks scrapbooks



For decades David Hicks, the most celebrated designer of his time, documented every moment of his life in collage-style scrapbooks. In this stunning compilation, his son, Ashley Hicks, has chosen over 300 of the best scrapbook pages to create David Hicks scrapbooks (from Vendome Press) set to release on September 26, 2017. I have found myself pouring over every detail of this book in the past week, it truly is a work of art.

Ashley expressed that the hardest part was there are 25 scrapbook volumes in total, and "they are cumbersome, heavy things that are falling to bits ... I've always wanted to make a more accessible version of them for the family, and myself" (anothermag.com).


The magical effect of this collection is the fact that Ashley meticulously photographed each page in natural light on his own kitchen floor, then very carefully colour corrected every faded image digitally. He explains, "I photographed my father's 25 scrapbooks in natural light so inserts like this [below] 1958 photo of him and his pug Algy have a trompe l'oeil quality in the published book." You can literally see all the way to the edges of the pages, making you feel as if you are holding the original copy.


There are press clippings on his marriage to Lady Pamela Mountbatten (Prince Phillip's cousin), invitations to the White House, and notes from Grace Kelly. David included many family snapshots, and his own photos of people like Jackie Kennedy, and Andy Warhol.



This blue room was completed in 1968, Hicks was truly ahead of his time. His quotes strongly resonate with our lives today -  "Good taste is something you acquire. You can teach it to yourself, but you must be deeply interested. It is in no way dependent on money."

Another favorite: "Fluorescent lighting has no place in the home."



"I have always had a passion for what some people consider clashing colours. I call them vibrating colours ..."

Hicks was most often inspired by the simple things around him, for instance, the pink walls of this living room were the same shade as the lining of a thank you note's envelope:



This room below, which looks so perfectly traditional, yet so modern in it's own right - was completed in 1971 believe it or not, that's over 45 years ago:



We can see that Hick's work has left an impression on some of the most creative individuals today - Tory Burch does not shy away from admitting how much she has been influenced by his work. This bedroom below inspired the interior of the first ever Tory Burch boutique in Nolita (which showcases the same shades of orange).


And it's also nice to see Hick's has left such an impression on his own son and daughter (India, below), to the point that they've worked hard to preserve his ideas and collections, and have carried on his traditions. India is seen here with her own collection of scrapbooks:


This one is truly a volume to add to your design library if you are a true design lover! You can pre-order your copy of this historic compilation here.

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2 comments:

Allison said...

This looks lovely! I enjoy your book posts, keep em coming :)

Lily said...

So inspiring! Thank you for sharing! Amazing decorations!

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