Legendary designer Mark Hampton created spaces that fused understated tradition with unquestionable style and quality – yet he had no one “signature.” “I have absolutely no interest in a trademark style,” was his “trademark” quote, according to Architectural Digest. Though his design schemes were traditional - he used classic elements such as English country house colors, Oriental rugs, and eighteenth and nineteenth century English and American antiques – “his attitude was modern, and up until the last he kept his exquisite balance between nostalgia and spontaneity,” according to AD.
Alexa Hampton began working at her father’s firm when she was 13. Since taking over the practice in her late-20s after he died at 58, Alexa has carried on his tradition of quiet classicism. Like her father, she is a published author, accomplished designer and wonderful artist who still believes in the importance of being able to draw. She has worked on projects ranging from Trowbridge House (a part of the historic Blair House complex in Washington) to apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts. Alexa inherited her father’s innate sense of style and balanced approach to creating interiors, telling AD, “Suitability and appropriateness are hallmarks of great design, and I strive to have both in my work.”
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