Ashley McDow, Occipinti founder and designer.
4 years ago · London · 3 min read

Ashley McDow, Occipinti founder and designer.

“My Rhodo Cobalt print was inspired by the row upon row of rhododendrons at Kew Gardens. I love their huge flower heads and how they manage to balance themselves evenly across the bush. I wanted to balance the beauty of British flora with the vibrant colours of the Far East. When I painted this design, I’d just returned from spending six months in India and couldn’t help letting rich Indian colours seep into every petal.”

 

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“I’ve always dreamt about living in times gone by. I think I was meant to live in a time where everything was made by hand, from gowns to furniture. The Lille’s French-antique aesthetic is what drew me to it.”

 

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“The way I work is very free. I spend a lot of time outside, visiting beautiful parks and gardens to gather inspiration. I take my camera with me to capture the moments that I want to recreate. I also visit a lot of galleries and markets to get a feel for what’s current in both shape and colour. I’ll then sit myself in my Walthamstow studio and begin drawing and painting. I like to have a stockpile of hand-produced images to work with. I then fit them all together – a kind of watercolour collage – to create a flowing pattern.”

 

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“I founded Occipinti in 2013 single-handedly. I wanted to inject colour and creativity into the home and to celebrate high-quality British expertise. I’m a strong believer in helping to build trade in the UK.

I named my design house after my Sicilian grandmother. Occipinti was her maiden name. It means ‘painted eyes.'”

 

Ashley is the designer behind two of our Designer Editions – the Lille armchair and the Rouen stool. 

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