Fran Hickman Takes London
Meet the fashionable interior designer who is staging a monumental takeover.
“When you’re one of six kids, you really appreciate your personal space,” says the 31-year-old interior designer Fran Hickman, whose childhood bedroom went through various iterations but had one unifying theme. “I’ve always liked punches of color.” These days, the London native is putting her stamp on much larger projects. Hickman, the daughter of the property developer John Hickman, whose Kingston Estates company goes back generations, worked for top design firms like the Soho House Group and Colefax and Fowler before setting up her own studio in 2014. She’s done three sleek lofts for the music company the Vinyl Factory, an art gallery in the Victoria neighborhood, and a bachelor pad for a musician. Her splashiest commission: converting a former stable into the pink London headquarters of luxury e-tailer Moda Operandi. All this work has meant that Hickman’s own Notting Hill flat has been woefully neglected. “I know the direction I’m going in: The Italian architect Carlo Mollino had a beautiful apartment in Turin, which I’m quite inspired by. But I’m at the bottom of the priorities list, really.”