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Ultra Contrast


One of my favorite designers, David Hicks, often created exciting contrasts by placing, say, a cutting edge space age plastic and leather Joe Colombo “Elda” chair within an otherwise Edwardian period room.

I often work with this idea in my own interiors, and really love the wonderful “tension” created through mixing seemingly disparate pieces together. In the super chic Galerie Van den Akker I happened upon this outrageous citron yellow “Boomerang” desk by the French sculptor Maurice Caulka for Leleu-Deshays. This is exactly the kind of sculptural modernist furniture that David Hicks loved to use, and I’m having the most fun here visualizing a room utilizing this pop piece. – Chocolate brown covered velvet walls, a David Hicks black, beige and white hexagon carpet, ivory and brown upholstery, a mix of fine antiques, and some good modern art – voila! – a room that is dramatic, warm, comfortable and inviting.

With my mind running quite wild thinking of all the possibilities for this really exceptional piece, I’m sporting a shocking pink cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs by Turnbull and Asser, Seaman Schepps black pearl cufflinks, vintage Cartier tank watch from Raj Tolaram, black and white silk/cotton mini houndstooth check pant by Gucci, black patent leather belt with silver leather trim and grommets and black, white and silver leather loafers both by Gucci.


  1. Dean says:

    Yes ! Love the color !

  2. Mag Lissperg says:

    Dear James,

    You have such an exquisite taste. You have the perfect outfit, the combination of colors is simply awesome!

  3. I’m imagining this boomerang desk in an orangey/red colour with that classic Hicks interior. Yum!

  4. Bruno says:

    I love everything about this photo: colors yellow and pink, the light, the atmosphere… Good job!

  5. Colby says:

    James, the color is extravagant. Working would be so much more fun if I had that yellow desk in my office.

  6. kristine stoker says:

    killer woven!

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