David Hicks (1929-98) has emerged as the most influential interior designer of his generation. His style, known through his own books and now through his son Ashley's 2009 book David Hicks: A Life of Design, has inspired contemporary designers of both fashion and home.
Hicks was born in the English country village of Coggeshall, Essex. After public school at Charterhouse and studies in art and design at the Central School in London, he launched his design career with the decoration of his own house in London in 1954.
Early clients mixed aristocracy, media and fashion (Vidal Sassoon, Helena Rubinstein, the Duchess of Rutland and Mrs Condé Nast). Hicks married Lady Pamela Mountbatten in 1960 and was soon making carpets for Windsor Castle and decorating the Prince of Wales' first apartment at Buckingham Palace.