KRIS Likes… Canopy Beds by David Hicks

”My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures, how to use patterned carpets, how to light rooms and how to mix old with new,” – David Hicks, David Hicks on Living — with Taste (1968)

Master Bedroom at Britwell House, David Hicks Home in Oxfordshire

Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love affair with canopy beds.  In fact, the room that my mother grew up in had two canopy beds that I adored.  When my grandparents sold their house, I insisted my mother store the two canopy beds in our attic until I have a house to put them in and children (hopefully for their sake little girls) who can sleep in them.  David Nightingale Hicks was born on March 23rd, 1929 and is acknowledged as one of the most important interior designers of the late 20th Century.  Along with his use of bold, modern colors, geometric fabrics, upholstered walls and painted furniture – the canopy bed was a David Hicks trademark.  Below are some of my favorites from the David Hicks archives of photographs.

Pammy’s Room at Britwell

A bedroom in Roquebrune, Hicks country home in the south of France.

Bedroom Suite decorated by and named after David in the St. Regis Hotel

David’s sons bedroom in his 1974 London Apartment

Master Bedroom at Roquebrune

A roomsetting in his Paris shop, David Hicks France.

All White Bedroom done for Lydia Farr’s Southampton Home in 1969