Born in Australia and raised in the Malaysian tropics, David Hicks’ fondest childhood memories include accompanying his parents to open houses. Early on, as he collected brochures and mentally redesigned the floor plans, Hicks recognised that interior design appealed to his passion for intimate details.
Returning to his roots, Hicks graduated from RMIT before ‘cutting teeth’ at a handful of established Melbourne practices. Hicks launched his own studio in 2000 and has since evolved into a pioneer of contemporary Australian and international property design.
With unparalleled experience over multiple facets, including retail, hospitality and residential, Hicks delights in projects he can guide from conception to completion. He works across architecture, interior design and décor, ensuring a space meets its full potential.
There is no distinct example of Hicks’s work that stands out above others. Rather, satisfaction stems from a client’s entrusting him with a project, and a strive for quality ensures Hicks inevitably leaves a piece of himself in each assignment.
While he remains a frontier in design, Hicks admits the industry’s speed of progression presents a challenge. A high demand means he is occasionally forced to turn down projects. ‘This is a hard thing to do, but I have always kept my office small to allow my attention to be across all projects.’
David Hicks’ influences are as subtle as they are endless. While many ideas derive from magazines or books, Hicks attributes most of his inspiration to travel, drawing on foreign design solutions. Paris and India spring to mind as noteworthy examples: the French capital for interlacing archaic and contemporary; India for its incredible culture and utility of colour.
An entrenched personal style is the cornerstone of Hicks’s professional philosophy: forming relationships with clients, identifying their needs and desired outcome is paramount. From concept, story boards and material selection, to logistics and construction, Hicks believes in guiding a project in its entirety.
As well as a broad repertoire of architectural endeavours, Hicks also adds ‘author’ to his accomplishments. Analysing fifteen years of his work for his award-winning print showcase, ‘Intimate’, helped him to discover aspects of design he was truly passionate about.
A seamless union of streamlined planning, minimal palettes and modernism: Hicks’ own recently-sold home is its own masterpiece. Boasting an enviable collection of artwork and antique, mid-century and contemporary furniture, its occupant is clearly unafraid of bold design. While his new complex will retain features of the original apartment, Hicks plans to experiment with simpler materials. ‘It’s like writing a new book… It’s a further extension of who I am and what I’m about.’
Outside of design, Hicks enjoys Melbourne’s social scene, as well as walking his dogs, but with a seventeen-year career and counting, the line separating work life and personal life is happily blurred. ‘Design is in my blood – I am always working.’
For more information, visit David Hicks’ website.
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