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Design Alchemy is a synthesis of the vision of two talented designers, Ashley and Allegra Hicks. Their interiors are inspired by a restrained, classical style juxtaposed with vibrant edges of ethnic and modern. For those to whom bold contemporary or stark minimalism go too far, this is a sophisticated, enduring look for the modern interior. Starting with a section on the influence of classic styles and interiors, Design Alchemy then looks at the inspiration for Ashley's furniture and Allegra's textiles and how ...
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Design Alchemy is a synthesis of the vision of two talented designers, Ashley and Allegra Hicks. Their interiors are inspired by a restrained, classical style juxtaposed with vibrant edges of ethnic and modern. For those to whom bold contemporary or stark minimalism go too far, this is a sophisticated, enduring look for the modern interior. Starting with a section on the influence of classic styles and interiors, Design Alchemy then looks at the inspiration for Ashley's furniture and Allegra's textiles and how they evolve in the studio. Strategies for combining different elements within the interior is the next stage -- whether with reference to form, texture and colour or mixing styles and balancing different features. The final focus is on the completed rooms and how they were designed to suit the needs of individual clients -- from a maisonette in London to a large villa in Turin. The challenges of six problem rooms are also analysed here, illustrating how the design process was adapted around them. This is a unique view of the work of this celebrated design partnership. The special quality of their individual designs and their combined work -- the alchemy of the title -- provides a style template for creating an interior with personality, warmth and lasting appeal.
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Ashley Hicks, son of the late British interior designer David Hicks, and his wife, Allegra, have become a popular and successful design team in their own right. In this book, they examine the historical and cultural influences on their design and show examples of their work with explanations of their approach. The chapter that explains the process and evolution of some of their furniture and textiles makes this book a great addition to academic interior design collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Ashley Hicks, son of the late British interior designer David Hicks, and his wife, Allegra, have become a popular and successful design team in their own right. In this book, they examine the historical and cultural influences on their design and show examples of their work with explanations of their approach. The chapter that explains the process and evolution of some of their furniture and textiles makes this book a great addition to academic interior design collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840911930
  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.78 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction 9
Inspired by the classic 12
Design evolution 38
Combining elements 64
Rooms for living 98
Useful addresses 155
Index 156
Acknowledgements 159
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002

    Inspired AND Inspiring

    So different from the endless home decor books available now, this one is inspired by historical examples but filled with exciting modern looks. By a young couple from London, she is Italian, he is British, grandson of Last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, hence Indian inspirations that mix up with Italian renaissance and 1940's Paris. Her style is free-flowing and organic; his is classically inspired and architectural. Ranges over their complete oeuvre from Allegra's patterned rugs and fabrics to Ashley's jewelry and furniture. Fabulous photographs and a wealth of practical advice and beautiful images. The text is both down-to-earth and fascinating, with unexpected humorous touches. Thoroughly recommended for any lover of great design, professional or amateur.

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