Wednesday, February 24, 2010

An American Design Legend: Mark Hampton

The late decorator and artist Mark Hampton was among the New York’s elite interior designers whose influence will never be forgotten. Hampton’s philosophy in design was to follow the classics with an added touch of the modern.

Mark Hampton came from a small town in Indiana. As a child, he was passionate about drawing, in particular drawing pictures of houses. He earned his masters degree from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. His education and talents helped him train with notable designers David Hicks, Sister Parish, and later with Mc Millen Inc. before starting his own firm in 1976.

Silver- leafed walls, I wish I could see the glow in this foyer...
In the early eighties Mark Hampton and Mario Buatta were selected to redecorate Blair House, the presidential guest house in Washington D.C. Hampton continued to do work for the White House in later years.

The Lincoln bedroom at Blair House
Blair House The White House' sitting room designed for the former First Lady Barbra Bush
Aside from working on many projects, he was an author who wrote books and a decorating column for House & Garden and House Beautiful. Hampton also designed a line of furniture for Hickory Chair, which is now under the direction of his daughter, interior designer Alexa Hampton, who carries on his legacy.

A new book titled Mark Hampton: An American Decorator written by his wife Duane Hampton is expected to be released this April. The book will include sketches, watercolors, and other examples of his work. I can hardly wait to buy it.

Photo 1 courtesy of Design Times
Photo 2 photography Jed Johnson Associates
Photo 3 photography John Hall
Photo 4 photography Keith Scott Morton
Photo 5, 6 photography Walter Smalling, JR
Photo 7 Mark Hampton: The Art of Friendship
Photo 8 courtesy of House &Garden photography William Waldron


JeanetteS said...

I have this book on pre-order. I am very inspired by Mr. Hampton's work as well as Alexa's. Both very talented designers.

Loved the synopsis you shared. And I had no idea that Hampton and Buatta redecorated Blair House in the 80s. Good trivia question!

Picture of Elegance said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the post.Hampton was a Class Act.

little augury said...

I look forward to this book too- Your blog title-Picture of Elegance is perfect for Mark Hampton.

Picture of Elegance said...

I have been a long time admirer of his work.He embraced variety in his designs which made it American.

AB HOME Interiors said...

Wow this sounds incredible. Those interiors are spectacular and very current. I will have to look into this book I have not heard of it until this post-thanks!


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