When it comes to interior design David Hicks was once the name on everyone’s lips from royal palaces to the furthest reaches of the regions.
He was a controversial figure but he made mixing old and new, high art and the everyday, strong colour and bold geometrics, fashionable – something we all accept as normal in our homes today.
One of his most famous ‘inventions’ was The Tablescape. Here he is talking about them to the Independent
‘My passion for arranging masses of things together is part of the way I see objects and use them.
It not only looks mean, but is visually meaningless, to have one bottle of gin, one of whisky, a couple of tonic water and a soda siphon on a table in the living-room, even though that might be perfectly adequate for the needs of one evening’s entertainment.
It is perhaps I who have made tablescapes – objects arranged as landscapes on a horizontal surface – into an art form; indeed, I invented the word . . .