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!

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