Although Allegra Hicks: An Eye for Design has been laying on my coffee table for months, it seemed the perfect opportunity to dive in on this cold, cold evening. (Thanks to Abrams for sending along a review copy.)
Sitting with a glass of wine in front on the fire, I find Allegra’s colors and textures a breath of fresh air to winter gray. And I am mesmerized by Antonio Monfreda’s art direction and the juxtapositions of Emanuele Mascioni’s beautiful photographs. Allegra has also taken the time to walk the reader through her design process and inspiration with simple, lovely prose.
A great inspiration book for every library: Allegra Hicks: An Eye for Design
“This idea of art and life being fused harmoniously together has shaped my work. I let designs evolve out of pleasure, out of seeing something that I find inspiring and beautiful. The is no aggression or violence in a pattern when I finally find it (although those can be part of the process of getting a design fully realized!). Looking at Matisse taught me a lot, too – especially the way in which he used color and line to communicate the joy he felt in looking at the world around him. So I really thank my parents for giving us this background, since, of course, feeling that artistic things are natural does not just encourage you to create; it also gives you something deeply as a person…a sort of affinity with harmony.” – Allegra Hicks, page 9
“The biggest compliment anyone could pay me is that they feel I have made something that is more a matter of culture than of fashion. That is my goal, even if that means that my clothing might not be able to define an era as fashion often can.” – Allegra Hicks, page 13
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Congrats to Kelly Wallace for being selected in a random drawing to receive a copy of Allegra’s new book. Come back soon for books, music and more.