Podcast: “Owning Your Legacy with Alexa Hampton, Interior Designer”
Posted by: Roy Wilbur
Since Alexa Hampton took the reins of Mark Hampton, her father’s iconic firm, as owner and president in 1998, she has advanced its legacy of elegant, practical, classically based interiors for modern living – and extended its global reach. From New York City to Hangzhou, China, her project portfolio encompasses luxe, beautifully layered urban apartments, expansive town and country residences, private airplanes, and yachts. Regularly named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list, Hampton translates the classical principles of good design and decoration into some of today’s most elegant, enduring, and functional domestic landscapes.
An alumna of Brown University who took her degree with honors, Hampton pursued graduate studies at New York University’s The Institute of Fine Arts and holds honorary doctorates from Moore College of Art & Design and the New York School of Interior Design. Honored with a Circle of Excellence Award by the International Furnishing and Design Association, she is an associate member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Her accolades also include Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Award and Connecticut Cottage & Gardens’ Design Innovator Award. Like her father, Hampton is a highly regarded author. In addition to her two critically praised books on design to date – The Language of Interior Design and Decorating in Detail – she has contributed an essay to A Visual Life, Charlotte Moss’s 2012 volume. She has also contributed an essay to the compendium of essays, Interior Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from America’s Finest Designers on the Art of Decoration. She is a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s weekend Off Duty section.
In an ever-expanding portfolio of acclaimed products, Hampton provides smart, stylish, design-rich solutions for every aspect of the home. On-going Hampton-designed collections include furniture for Hickory Chair and a sister furniture line at Kravet, lighting for Visual Comfort & Co., fabrics and trims for Kravet, broadloom carpet for Stark, decorative accessories for Maitland-Smith, pillows with Eastern Accents, table linens for La Gallina Matta, paint with Colorhouse, hardware for SA Baxter, and mantels for Chesney’s. In 2016, The Mine named Hampton as its creative director, design guru, and expert guide for all product offerings.
An industry force who honors tradition and commits to the future, Hampton sits on the board of trustees for the New York School of Interior Design, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.