Luscious, rich, key lime green — as found on 1970s Broyhill Premier Chapter One furniture — is my 2013 Color of the Year. Which means I’ll feature sightings now and again all year long, as the Retro Decorating Gods serve slices up to me in my live and virtual travels.
David Hicks — what genius interiors. Bold, but edited. Previously, I have shown some of his most outrageous, neon designs, published at the same time I compiled David Hicks: Biography and Comprehensive Online Guide. Then, I spotlighted 10 tablescapes by Hicks. Today: 22 photos of 19 luscious David Hicks living room designs — these are more classic: Classic-modern. Study these photos and you can learn a lot about elements of great interior design. All photos used with permission of The Estate of David Hicks.
My spotlight on the essential mid-century decorator David Hicks continues with: Tablescapes. David Hicks not only did beautiful tablescape, he invented the word. He had a philosophy about tablescapes, and I adore it. Quoted in an interview in The Independent, he said:
My passion for arranging masses of things together is part of the way I see objects and use them. It not only looks mean, but is visually meaningless, to have one bottle of gin, one of whisky, a couple of tonic water and a soda syphon on a table in the living-room, even though that might be perfectly adequate for the needs of one evening’s entertainment.
It is perhaps I who have made tablescapes – objects arranged as landscapes on a horizontal surface – into an art form; indeed, I invented the word . . . What is important is not how valuable or inexpensive your objects are, but the care and feeling with which you arrange them. I once bought six inexpensive tin mugs in Ireland and arranged them on a chimneypiece to create an interesting effect in a room which otherwise lacked objects. They stood there in simple perfection.
How to learn to do this? Stare at photos, study and analyze them. Then practice a lot . Fortunately, we have nine more David Hicks tablescapes to help get the studying started — yes, “Simple Perfection” –>Heck yeah there is more →
Since watching Jessi Arrington’s video, I have decided to see if I can buy only vintage clothes. I have gone on several Goodwill scouring trips so far, and hands down, my best find was this men’s necktie by the famous interior designer David Hicks. In fact, this tie is what launched me on my recent research and story David Hicks: Definitive Online Guide.
“My tie” has a copyright date of 1971. Labels: Brittania and B. Altman. And get this: The fabric — which seems to be a typical David Hicks style design — a tight, bold geometric, no milquetoast here — is “RR.” RR = Retro Renovation, get it? The price for this wonderful piece of wearable history, in perfect shape? The Retro Decorating Gods were smiling upon me: $1.Heck yeah there is more →
Photo used with permission The Estate of David Hicks
Do you know David Hicks? Another amazing person that played a critical role in midcentury interior design. I am just starting to study him, so am by no means an expert, but so far what I have learned: David Hicks was famous for helping introduce the world of interior design to: Tight bold geometric prints, bright-colored furniture, mixing the old and new, shaking things up…. 1960s into 1970s interior design as we know it! Heck yeah there is more →
Announcing our Color of the Year 2015: Flower Power Yellow. No other color-of-the-year organization (they are all “self proclaimed” … this is all marketing fleww flawf) would follow Harvest Gold as a color of the year with Flower Power Yellow as a color of the year. That would be too [yellow] peas in a pod. But, I prefer to flout all “rules.” Indeed, I made this choice on a whimsy: The moment I saw the fabulous vintage bar stools in Retro Genie’s shop, I was entranced — oh beauteous yellow pleather! So Flower Power Yellow it is, for our 2015 spotlight. Ish. Because we may throw other, similar yellows — especially acid yellow muted down a tad — into our Peace-Luv-mix. And anyway, this is all just for fun — we love most all colors (nix Greige, on principal).Heck yeah there is more →