Wednesday, August 5, 2009

On my own

I am thrilled to announce that I have taken the plunge and decided to go out on my own. Michael Hampton Design is official! For the past 15 years I have been fortunate to work for two of the most talented designers who have taught me so much and who have helped train my eye to recognize beauty and refinement. With all that I have learned I felt that it was time to pursue my own projects and my own vision. I am incredibly excited to see what the future holds.

I thought that I would share some vignettes from my own home with all of you.

A grouping of various carved heads from China, Bali, and a small marble Roman. With a bronze neoclassical tazza in the back.

A small tablescape including a 19th century miniature portrait painted on ivory with an ivory frame. These miniatures were painted as souvenirs and the frames were made from old piano keys. In the front I have a small lidded bowl from Korea, which was a gift from my former boss, Steven Volpe.

I love the sculptural forms and beautiful patinas of the various old African currency that I have collected. The small circular piece is actually an old stone Khmer bracelet. In the background is a partial view of my original watercolor painting of the Chateau de Clagny painted by Andrew Zega and Bernd Dams. One of our most treasured pieces.

Roses and a couple of favorite parchment and shagreen boxes. The roses were a gift from my partner David to celebrate going out on my own. They are the perfect roses. If only I could make them last forever!


The Peak of Chic said...

Congratulations and best wishes on your new venture! I know it will be a smashing success! Love your vignette shots as well.

Michelle said...

I've been doing renderings for other designers as part of my "survive the times"'s actually really nice, and I do most of my work in my pj's...who knew?

Your home is gorgeous! Best of luck!! Your talent will see you through to much success!!


Rose C'est La Vie said...

you certainly have a discerning eye, not to mention charm Michael. Good luck with your new venture.

By the way, were I a burglar I'd definitely lift the bronze neo-classical tazza.

Scott Fazzini said...

Mr. Hampton- I'm so excited to track your work as you become one of todays leading designers. I'll be proud to say that I knew him when!

Blue said...

All my best wishes - very brave thing to do. Congratulations, congratulation and more congratulations. Love your photos.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...

Hi Michael-

BRAVO-- you will be a great success.

Now we want to see lots of your work--and see more of work in progress as well.

I love your blog--and have placed you on my favorites list on-site.

Michael-great good luck and a fabulous future,

Janet said...

Michael, congratulations! The roses are indeed perfect...and while they won't last, you will forever have them in your mind's eye. Thank you for the peek into la maison!

Grant K. Gibson said...

I love your vignettes and can't wait to see more.

Porchlight Interiors said...

An admirable collection. Love the roses too

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Congratulations Michael, I am sure you will have great success. You have a keen eye for classic beauty which is a rare talent these days. Your vignettes are lovely and roses are so beautiful because they are a fleeting image. If they were there every day they would become mundane. You should preserve them forever in a beautiful watercolor!

columnist said...

All the very best. I'm sure with your obvious inate design sense you'll be fine, and able to overcome the odd hiccup that is par for the course.

My Notting Hill said...

Congratulations!! Love the vignettes. Also looking forward to seeing more! Michele

Millie said...

Michael warmest best wishes for a future full of wonderful things. Sometimes we just have to close out eyes & jump & with the support of all around you, your new venture will be very successful, no doubt about it. You have an incredible eye for form & function & buckets of style - go get 'em!
Millie ^_^

pve design said...

I think you should illustrate those gorgeous roses to serve as the perfect memory of going on your own.
Wishing you all the best. Your work is stunning!

Michael Hampton said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement! You all inspire me!

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Congratulations, your husband must be so proud of you.

Wellington Jobs said...

You’ve learn from the best. Congratulations. You did a great job!

EcoKind Design said...

Congratulations Michael! How totally exciting! :) I love your images on this site.

I just got back from the open house for one of my clients - even booked a new client while there :)

It's great to see you popping in on FB too.

So excited for your new venture and excited to watch it grow :)

big love,


Congratulations! Michael

I am sure your new career will be very successful.

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