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Timeless Design   |   October 19, 2011

David Hicks and Richard Broyd, OBE. honored at gala benefit in New York

The Timeless Design and Heritage awards were presented at the Timeless Design Gala Benefit at New York's Metropolitan Club on October 19. Proceeds supported Royal Oak's Scholarship Fund and the Foundation's work with the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Our thanks to our stylish bloggers: Stacey Bewkes, David Patrick Columbia, and Royal Oak's great friend and supporter - Charlotte Moss for their press coverage:

Timeless Design Award Honoree

The Royal Oak Foundation's Board of Directors selected David Hicks to posthumously receive the 2011 Timeless Design Award. Established in 1996, the Timeless Design Award recognizes outstanding achievement in British and American interior design and the stewardship of historic properties.

David Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the most important interior designers and tastemakers of the late twentieth century.

Hicks was born in the village of Coggeshall, Essex. After public school at Charterhouse and studies in art and design at the Central School in London, he launched his design career with the decoration of his own house in London in 1954, featured in House & Garden magazine.

His iconic sense of style remains a reference point for contemporary living. The harmonious mix of classical and contemporary are as expected today as they were once considered revolutionary. Fashion, interiors, graphic design, industrial, product and web design – pattern has never been more posh; color is once again, cool. Since his passing in 1998 his son Ashley and daughter India have assumed their father's mantle and caused his influence to grow.

As Tom Ford said, Hicks' style is "a rulebook for instant elegance," and his use of bright block colors, contrasting patterns and modern furniture in traditional settings looks as fresh today as it did fifty years ago. His work remains an enduring inspiration for contemporary designers.

Hicks is part of an impressive list of past Timeless Design recipients, including Charlotte Moss, Lord Jacob Rothschild, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Mario Buatta, Nina Campbell, Colefax & Fowler for John Fowler, Bunny Williams, David Anthony Easton, Albert Hadley, Holly Hunt, David Mlinaric and Mary Fox Linton.

Heritage Award Honoree

Royal Oak's Board of Directors selected Richard Broyd, OBE. and the Historic House Hotels Ltd. to receive the Foundation's 2011 Heritage Award. Established in 2010, the Heritage Award recognizes individuals or organizations in Britain and the United States that have substantially advanced the understanding and appreciation of our shared cultural heritage.

Richard Broyd and the Historic House Hotels' three-decade long commitment to the rescue, rehabilitation, and sensitive adaptive reuse of country houses exemplifies the mutually beneficial partnership that can exist between conservation and commercial interests.

Broyd grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent and became a committed supporter of the Trust in his twenties. In an interview with Clive Aslet in The Telegraph, Broyd told of being moved by the Victoria and Albert's "Destruction of the Country House" exhibition in 1974 and of hatching the idea of saving houses by adapting them to use as hotels, which would not only reestablish their economic viability but also preserve their function as centers of leisure, recreation, and sociability. As he stated, "it's all a question of making the past work in the present."

In September 2008 the National Trust received its single largest donation since World War II when Richard Broyd gifted his interest in the Historic House Hotels group. This was the culmination of three decades of discussion between Broyd and the Trust, starting when he acquired the first property, Bodysgallen Hall, a Grade 1-listed medieval manor in North Wales, in 1980.

That year he also purchased Middlethorpe Hall, an elegant red brick William and Mary country house near York, which had been a night club for a decade before that. In 1989 he opened his final hotel at Hartwell House, a Grade 1-listed Jacobean and Georgian house near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, which had been the residence in exile of Louis XVIII of France from 1809 to 1814.

Broyd's donation of the three Historic House Hotels properties to the National Trust in 2008 is one of the most magnanimous and creative contributions to the Trust and the preservation of the heritage of the British country house in the last century.

Carrie Rebora Barratt - Tom Savage - Irene Aitken
Damaris Horan - Sir Simon Jenkins - Tracy Dart
David Staub - Mario Buatta - Charlotte Moss - Renny Reynolds
Elizabeth Oates - Christine Ness
Emily Eerdmans - Melissa Gagen - Pauline Metcalf
Gift Bags of David Hicks Book
Gregory Van Boven - Lynn Rickabaugh - Sean Sawyer
Guy Barbarulo - Tom Savage - Tara Thuene Davis and Bruce Perkins
Jeanne Jones - Jeri Rovsek - George and Regina Rich
Jenny McCahey-Brian White-Kristin Sarli-James Kinney
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan
Mario Buatta - Alessandra Di Castro - Patrick Gallaher
Timeless Design 2011 Reception at the Metropolitan Club
Richard Broyd OBE - Sir Simon Jenkins
Royal Oak Staff
Roybn Camp- Richard Broyd OBE - Sir Simon Jenkins - Herbert Camp
Sean Sawyer and Sir Simon Jenkins
Stein Berre - Britton Smith - Freidericke Biggs
Timeless Tablescape

Photos by Steven Tucker