Knowing the Studiolo that well, I was curious to see British designer and tastemaker Ashley Hicks’ first solo show at R & Company called ‘Manhattan Studiolo.’ The exhibition, which coincides with the release of his new book Rooms with a History, on which I have spoken to him in recording Harvest Dialogues (airing in early November), is refreshing, intimate, sweet, colorful, and truly inspiring.
Ashley sought to transform the gallery into a spectacular environment that contains his furniture, objects, and famed totems. His interest in history and craft has informed this show as well as everything it contains, including the hand-woven rug that suggests a Venetian terrazzo floor. Evoking the spirit of the Renaissance Studiolo, he hand-painted the walls in a beautiful, soft, geometric pattern which suggests a contemporary version of the 15th-century Studiolo.
Manhattan Studiolo by Ashley Hicks is on view to October 19.