"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari

Thursday, 31 March 2011


Ashley Hicks has hooked up with Jo Malone to make candles with geometric prints on, from Ashley's father David's design archive.

David Hicks was decorator to Condé Nast, Vidal Sassoon and Helena Rubenstein and after he married Lady Pamela Mountbatten he made carpets for Windsor Castle and designed the Prince of Wales' first apartment at Buckingham Palace.

He left quite a house behind in Oxfordshire, filled with immense 18th century portaits and painted wall panels that were rescued from their London home shortly before a bomb damaged it in WWII - in the background of the green picture below.

The red image shows David Hicks' study; the fabric above the fireplace is from his grandmother's wedding dress, from the days when, as Ashley said, 'you didn't wear white, you just wore your best frock.' His father had the ambition of getting all his books re-bound in red leather. That didn't quite happen so he resorted to painting some of the spines red himself.

Nice idea to make those mini dollshouse sets for the candles no? Alice in Wonderland etc. The candles and dollshouses are based on the real house as you've probably gathered by the colours.