Furniture | The Bespokesperson

Adding new lustre to a famous design name

Bespoke furniture with a strong streak of individuality

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Adding new lustre to a famous design name

November 16 2011
Nicole Swengley

Ask Ashley Hicks if he draws inspiration from the work of his late father, the renowned interior designer David Hicks, and he replies in the affirmative – while adding that he also distances himself in favour of earlier historical references. “I like to think my designs have great individuality as a result of a whole variety of influences,” he says. Clients generally arrive by word of mouth and “rely on me for ideas”.

The site-specific pieces are hand-crafted by a number of workshops – except for cast-bronze handles (second picture) and cast-metal legs whose original moulds Hicks makes himself, “often on the kitchen table”. Hicks, who has tackled interiors as varied as a villa in Turin, a cottage in Ireland, a Belgravia apartment and a Victorian artist’s studio in Kensington, says: “Everything is designed and made for the room where it will be used and it’s this variety that I enjoy so much.”

A pair of oversized sofas (from around £5,000 each) for a Regency house in Devon were given fabric-wrapped legs and feather-wrapped cushions covered in a GP&J Baker print from the David Hicks by Ashley Hicks collection. For a Mayfair penthouse, he designed a cabinet in sand-blasted oak and cream lacquer (from around £11,500) to house a collection of Chinese porcelain. And for a well-travelled client based in south-west London, he came up with a rectangular dining table whose surface is inlaid with a map of the world (£3,995).

Commissions often multiply at the same property: a dining table with a black oak top and gilded steel base (from around £8,500) ordered for a west London house was followed by a request for a cupboard decorated with brass nail-heads (from around £6,000). Non-bespoke furniture, meanwhile, includes the elegant Sabre desk (third picture, £2,900), X-frame leather ottoman (first picture, from £2,400) and Egyptian-inspired Drum table (from £935); non-bespoke pieces can also be customised.

See also

Ashley Hicks, Bespoke