Michelle Mason, designer.
“I think what I’m most known for is colour. I adore it. Once I pick a palette the colours just fall into place. I’m meant to be quite impartial as a designer, but my heart has a mind of its own; I can’t help but be drawn in by blues and teals – coastal colours.”
“I wanted to create designs that were both classy and contemporary for my collaborations with Swoon Editions. I prefer to work digitally – contemporary patterns designed with modern making and inspired by the past. For the Benny ottoman, I worked with Illustrator software to create the Zig Zag print and had it digitally printed onto a beautifully natural shade of linen. It’s got a wonderfully ‘slubby’ quality,” she pauses. “Is that even a word?!”
Wanting to get back to being more “hands-on creative”, Michelle went freelance in 2009 and opened her first boutique, Mason & Painter, in 2013 on London’s iconic Columbia Road. A joint venture with an old friend, Tim Painter, it’s an emporium of vintage homewares and Michelle’s own designs. “Sunday is by far our busiest day. It’s when the world-famous flower market takes place and the shop is transformed. Buzzy, busy and blooming, the atmosphere from the street fills the shop. My designs seem to come to life in it.”