If you haven’t heard of designer Michelle Mason already you will probably recognise her work.
Over the past few years she has collaborated with various companies including Universal Music, Transport for London, Southbank Centre, Woven and House of Fraser. Michelle’s bright, colourful style often takes inspiration from iconic British imagery which she translates into playful graphic illustrations across items such as wallpaper, cushions, tableware and rugs. Her work has a fresh, vibrant feel and channels a quirky, retro style that is perfect for adding a splash of colour and element of fun in the home.
More recently Michelle has opened a new concept store called 'Mason & Painter' in the heart of the east end of London on Columbia Road. Tamsin from the popular interiors blog 'tamsinloves.com' recently interviewed Michelle where she discussed frankly her idea's on design and here recent inspirations. Here is a short extract:
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it before?
Illustrative with a bold graphic feel.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I was approached by the National Railway Museum a couple of years ago and asked if I wanted to work with their archive of British Rail posters, so there was a lot of inspiration there. But generally my inspiration can come from anywhere, I sketches boats on holiday last year which formed part of my collection.
Are there any other designers whose work inspires you or that you like to follow?
Lots of different designers inspire me including many furniture designers. Also illustrators from the middle of the last century such as Edward Bawden and Eric Ravillous. I also like to keep up with the St Jude’s collective too – I’m a big fan of theirs.
What has been the most exciting moment in your design career so far?
I think every opportunity that’s come my way has been exciting and something to celebrate. I particularly like the collection I designed for House of Fraser