Today I’m reviewing interior designer David Hicks’ book, Living With Design, which is an oldie but a goody. First published in 1979 by Little Hampton Book Services, it’s one of those rare books that when I finish, I will begin again immediately. There’s just so much to learn! You can really see where all the great designers of today like Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler and almost everyone else, pull from him. In fact, if you’re an interior design student or just want to learn more about design, you should consider this book your bible because it contains all the design principals you will every need to know and shows how to employ them with panache.
So many of his ideas on mixing pattern, pieces from different eras and places, and color, are still so apropos today. It’s amazing to me that back in the day, his ideas were revolutionary and yet, what he was really doing was introducing timeless methods for building the design of a room.
Though, his absolute opinions and assumption that everyone can indulge in such luxuries as the below gems can be a bit off putting (or at least elicit a couple of giggles):
I am in the process of having my favorite books rebound in maroon, aubergine and scarlet leather.
Sideboards should be most carefully considered and I advocate a built-in hot plate flush with the surface of the sideboard.
On the other hand, the book is so rich with wonderful design inspiration and advice you’ll be want to forgive David his self indulgences. He is a master, through and through. This is highly recommended reading!
- Ideas & Inspiration
- Life on the Lake
- On the Table
- Renovations from the Front
- Tips & Resources
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