Interior designer David Hicks is one of 10 leading Australian interior designers and decorators to have designed a room for the Rigg Design Prize 2018 exhibition, on at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, until February 24.
Where do you live?
In a South Yarra apartment with my two dogs, Charlie and Jett.
Your property profile?
I am a renter and homeowner. I’m very much enjoying renting as it allows me the freedom to collect new furniture for the upcoming move into my new home. My new home is under construction and I’m fully redesigning the interior. I am very excited about the project as it is both a cultivation of years of ideas and a new direction for me in my design practice.
How many homes have you ever lived in?
About 10. They were all memorable. However, my true childhood home in Malaysia is still very much ingrained in my mind and has had a lasting impression on my design practice. It carries many memories and helped inform me as a designer — because of its clean lines, eclectic decoration and simplicity in materials.
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Your first foot on the property ladder?
I purchased an apartment off the plan in my mid-twenties and thanks to the flexibility of the purchase, I was able to redesign the interior to suit my needs. It was a minimal design: very precise and with a white-on-white colour palette.
Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?
I am a keen buyer as I love houses and apartments. I am drawn to the ever-changing ability to individualise them and how they can be redesigned to create new spatial layouts.
How many homes have you ever bought and ever sold?
Bought six and sold five.
The highlights of your property journey?
Making money on the most unexpected purchase of land that I never even built on!
Best property advice you’ve heard?
Always buy land. The house itself means nothing without the land.
Worst property advice you’ve heard?
Buy the worst house in the best street.
Tips for homebuyers?
Look for something that you can add value to through design, no matter how small a change. A simple coat of white paint can transform the look and feel of an entire home.
Any future property plans?
Yes, but I’m not sure what they are as yet. Watch this space.
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