There is something to be said for being born into it. Alexa Hampton has the advantages of great DNA from her father, design legend Mark Hampton. Imagine growing up and soaking in all that great exposure to the business and the art of interior design. But she has not rested on her familial laurels, she has added her own signature vision and savvy to Mark Hampton LLC as president and senior designer.
Besides conquering the design world, she appears on a variety of design shows on television and is the author of Alexa Hampton: The Language of Interior Design, published in October of 2010 by Clarkson Potter.
Here’s what Amazon says about the book: At an early age, Alexa Hampton learned the language of good design, the vocabulary to speak it, and the elements that define it. As the daughter of interior design legend Mark Hampton, she traveled the world by her father’s side, touring the great architectural landmarks and discovering beauty, training her eye. Now one of America’s most influential designers herself, Alexa Hampton provides a tour of stunning residences from her own portfolio. Eighteen classic spaces illustrate in rich detail the elements that govern cultivated design—contrast, proportion, color, and balance. Among the residences are a landmark 1912 McKim, Mead & White restoration on Fifth Avenue in New York City; an eclectic house by the sea layered in textures, patterns, and colors; a contemporary apartment distinguished by simple geometry and clean lines; and Hampton’s own apartment, filled with an exquisite collection of architectural elements.
Want a chance to chat up Ms. Hampton?: Alexa Hampton will speak at the Parrish Art Museum on June 11 to kick off the annual garden symposium and tour. The tour, on June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include the private gardens of five interior designers. Tickets to the symposium and tour are $200 (members, $150); those contributing at a higher level, from $350, are invited to a reception on June 12. The museum is at 25 Jobs Lane, South Hampton, NY. Tickets and information: (631) 283-2118, ext. 42, and parrishart.org.