There was nice surprise on my doorstep this week – no, not an Easter basket of fluffy cute kittens, although that would have been fun too, but that distinctive yellow and black box with one of the new collectors edition candles by David Hicks for Jo Malone inside.
As you many know, David Hicks is one the most influential British interior designers of the later 20th century. In his work he pioneered an eclectic mix of old and new – antiques reupholstered in bright, pop-influenced prints. His modern graphic style, vibrant and often clashing palette still influences designers today.
His son, Ashley Hicks, also an acclaimed designer, has explored his father’s vibrant archives to reinterpret three classic geo-patterns, each reflecting the evocative, modern scent of the Jo Malone Home Candle it complements.
The new candle collection includes the Jo Malone Lime Basil Mandarin candle in David Hicks Riviera, which features a sharp green trellis pattern. ‘The design used to adorn this candle was originally inspired by the roof tiles in the 15th Century Hospice de Beaune in Burgundy that we used to visit every summer en route to our house on the Riviera,’ says Ashley Hicks. ‘Lime Basil & Mandarin is such a fresh, Mediterranean smell that it was the obvious choice.’
There’s also the beautifully understated Jo Malone Red Roses candle in David Hicks Hicksonian, with a geo-pattern in a classic pink shade, and the unmistakable Pomegranate Noir candle in David Hicks Carnation, which comes in an evocative ruby red design. Are you fan of Jo Malone? What’s your favourite scent?
The Collectors Edition David Hicks Candles are out this month at Jo Malone (www.jomalone.com)
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