BOOKS BY ASHLEY HICKS
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors
Rizzoli & Royal Collection Trust, 2018.
Ashley Hicks describes in words and pictures the principal rooms of the London residence of HM The Queen and its development from the ‘Queen’s House’ built for King George III, through its vast enlargement by George IV and Queen Victoria to its present state. Entirely photographed in daylight and filled with telling details of the rooms and the extraordinary treasures from the Royal Collection that they contain, this is the first book to fully document these historic spaces in fifty years, and includes images of the extraordinary and little-known Chinese rooms in the private East Wing of the Palace.
Ashley Hicks: Details
‘Details’ presents fragments of historic interiors alongside elements of Ashley Hicks’ own work, all photographed by the designer himself, in a visual journey that celebrates connections and contrasts. From ancient Rome to Sir John Soane, from the Menil House in Houston to Ashley’s own set in Albany, this is a rich and varied compendium of interior visions spanning centuries.
Out of Print
David Hicks: Scrapbooks
Vendome Press, 2017.
David Hicks’ scrapbooks are works of art, 25 volumes that document his whole career and life, here lovingly photographed, edited and annotated by Ashley Hicks in a bumper volume that presents the designer’s oeuvre in a new light: his own personal view of it. Alongside his great interiors are his own photographs of legendary figures like Grace Kelly and holiday snaps from Ethiopia and India. With pithy captions in his own hand, this book provides an intimate glimpse of the man behind the myth.
David Hicks: A Life of Design
The definitive life of David Hicks, seen enthroned in his set at Albany on the cover, photographed by Derry Moore in 1981. It traces Hicks’ life and work, from his humble beginnings with a wartime Essex childhood, through early success with clients like Vidal Sassoon, marriage to Lady Pamela Mountbatten and subsequent fame as the bright young designer sought after by Helena Rubinstein and the Marchioness of Londonderry alike, up to his final projects of a grand villa in Portugal and his own celebrated garden in Oxfordshire. With photographs of all his major works, this is the Hicks bible.
Out of print.
David Hicks: Designer
Scriptum Editions, 2002.
Ashley Hicks’ personal memoir, written soon after his father’s death in 1998, recalls a childhood spent as ‘Altarboy at the Temple of Taste’ and describes David Hicks’ inimitable style and eccentricities, as well as his great achievements as what he himself described as ‘ unquestionably the best-known interior designer in the world’. Foreword by Tom Ford.
Out of print but we do have a few unopened copies in original shrink-wrap available here…