Ashley Hicks

A biography

Ashley Hicks was born in 1963 and trained at the Architectural Association in London. He worked briefly for his father, famed interior designer David Hicks, before starting his own design practice.

In 1997, Ashley Hicks designed his first furniture collection, named Jantar Mantar, starting with his interpretation of an ancient Greek Klismos chair. In 2002, he published Design Alchemy, a review of interiors and products designed by him and his first wife Allegra. Ashley designed a series of Allegra Hicks shops, as well as ranges of home accessories sold in these shops.

Ashley wrote a personal memoir of his father, David Hicks: Designer, in 2002, with a foreword by Tom Ford. Starting in 2003, he created the David Hicks by Ashley Hicks collection of fabricscarpet and wallpaper. In 2009, he published the definitive review of his father’s career and life, David Hicks: A Life of Design, and, in 2016, he published the four-volume David Hicks Scrapbooks with IDEA Publishing, which sold out in just 2 days. In 2018 he published a major study, Buckingham Palace: The Interiors, taking his own atmospheric photographs in natural light.

Ashley has designed architecture and interiors in the UK, Europe and the United States, mixing private residential projects with larger-scale commercial work. He has his own line of fabric, Ashley Hicks Textures, as well as a collection of carpets, and created a collection of bed linens with Frette. Ashley is also a contributing editor for Cabana Magazine and regularly participates in their global exhibitions. He divides his time between London and Oxfordshire.