Giant hexagons loomed large in the world of legendary English interior designer David Hicks. That and a flamboyant personality and bold use of colour (Coca-Cola and Yellow Duster) that made him one of the most successful interior decorator’s of the 1960s.
In the October issue of House & Garden his son Ashley Hicks describes how he has redecorated a rented flat in west London. ‘My old bed hangings held by a giant hexagonal, with David Hicks by Ashley Hicks embroidered headboard and its hexagonal design repeated in huge scale on the bedspread. Screens on either side were covered with Cole& Son’s ‘Hick’s Grand’ paper – more hexagons.’
Ashley Hicks has reissued some of his father’s geometric patterns but in new guises and in a more earthy palette. One of his latest collaboration sees his hexagons take to the floor with original carpet collaboration with Alternative Flooring.
‘I was keen to make a hexagon-based design that was new and different, with a random edge to its geometry rather than the usual symmetrical, formal layout. Playing around with this idea, I came up with ‘Chainmail’. Having grown up surrounded by Seventies geometrics, I love them, and very much wanted that quality in the design, but mixed with a more contemporary style.
I’m using this design in my own apartment in London, where I’ve painted the hessian-covered walls with Greek muses in an ivy bower against a panorama of Constantinople in 1818. ‘Chainmail’ will provide just the right contemporary contrast to the painting.’
Chainmail is one of the patterns that features in the new Quirky B carpet collection launched by Alternative Floorings.