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Feb 22, 2006
In her own estimation, Alexa Hampton's affinity for interior design was "entirely birth-related." Her father, the celebrated Mark Hampton, was a "complete design encyclopedia," whose unerring taste for formal but accessible furnishings shaped his daughter's aesthetic at every turn. It is not possible to pinpoint when she came to understand, as he professed, that "hardware is like jewelry," but understand it she does.
As a child Hampton loved to draw and paint while her father oversaw the design of elite residences worldwide, as well as hotels and offices, private clubs and private planes, yachts and railroad cars for clients including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Bush family, artist Saul Steinberg and CBS correspondent Mike Wallace.
Not long after her father's untimely death in 1987, Alexa assumed the role of chief designer at Mark Hampton Inc., where she had worked every summer from the age of 13. Her success has been unalloyed: The "First Decorator's" daughter was recently selected to design the interior of Trowbridge House, the new official Washington, D.C. residence for Former Presidents of the United States. The less lofty but no less beloved institution This Old House hired Hampton as the first woman on its on-camera staff. She also has designed fabrics and trims for Kravet and continues to design the Mark Hampton Collection for Hickory Chair Co., which introduced her eponymous line of chairs this spring.
Mark Hampton Inc.
654 Madison Avenue, Suite tk
New York, NY 10021