Ashley Hicks is renowned for his multifaceted career working as an architect and interior decorator, as well as a designer and maker of custom fabrics, carpets, furniture, and objects.
Rooms with a History: Interiors and their Inspirations charts Ashley Hicks's personal creative journey over the last years, illustrated with photographs of his favorite historical interiors and design objects juxtaposed with spreads of his own work, and accompanied by precise commentary.
The book's twelve chapters reveal Hicks's creative process, how he approaches different themes in his interiors, furniture designs, and works of art, and how these themes can be applied to the works of others. Such subjects as flowers, color, layers, form, pattern, and memory are presented in the context of actual projects. Historical and recent interiors are discussed for their decorative value--notable rooms and architecture include the Pantheon in Rome, Emperor Maximilian's tomb in Innsbruck, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, and the Petit Trianon at Versailles.
Hicks has created a humorous and informative guide for history buffs, interior design lovers, and all admirers of his sophisticated aesthetic and point of view.