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Publication Date: 2014-10-30

Inspiration

A Book List from Alexa Hampton

As head of the interiors firm founded by her legendary father, Mark Hampton, Alexa Hampton carries the lessons of her Brown University education (class of 1993) into her life as a highly sought-after interior designer and a lifelong student and reader. The list of 70 books that Alexa Hampton sent along to Designers & Books includes Ways of Seeing by John Berger, about which Hampton says, “I read this book as a freshman and it introduced me to a new way of looking at images.” John Richardson’s three-volume biography of Picasso is also on her list. There are survey and reference books of English, French, Italian, and American interior design—as well as books that focus on the work of specific designers (including David Adler, John Soane, Jean-Michel Frank, and Billy Baldwin). In addition, she notes as the “essential book on design” The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr.

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Portrait: Alexa Hampton: Mark Hampton LLC (New York)

Select books from Alexa Hampton's book list: The Decoration of Houses by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr., Ways of Seeing by John Berger, The Finest Rooms in America by Thomas Jayne

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