In Conversation With… Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason

My name is Michelle Mason and I design contemporary interior and giftware products, I launched my homeware collection in 2006 with lampshades, cushions and kitchenware and am known for attracted my colourful and contemporary surface patterns. I’ve recently extended my range to include bone china and felted wool rugs.

I collect… I’ve recently acquired a small collection of Ms – an old metal o­­ne, a couple of ceramic ones and a wooden one from an old typesetter’s tray.

I cant live without… Colour. My new flat is going to be choc full of colour – a complete contrast to the last all white place.

My guilty pleasure is… Coffee and art and design books

Our house is filled with… light – our place is flooded with it all day. It’s wonderful.

I treasure my… six year-old daughter

Right now I can’t stop thinking about… 100% Design in September. I’m launching a new rug, made entirely from re-cycled plastic bottles, with Liva Firth at Eco. It looks and feels just like felt!

Currently I am reading… A Picasso biog by Patrick O’Brian and several design books to inspire decorating ideas.

My favourite item of clothing is… A skirt with a bold black and white print that I picked up from Hoss Intropia last summer in Malaga.

At the top of my furniture wish list is… The Arper Leaf chair

The last thing that really inspired me was… The Marc Quinn exhibition at the White Cube, Hoxton

My comfort food is… A streaming bowl of pasta and a glass of red wine

On my desk are… new cushions to pack and send out, a Pantone swatch book to choose new colours for my new mugs, a Moleskin notebook, my trusty Mac laptop and a cute little drawing of a ladybird by my daughter.

This weekend I will… Visit a friend on his houseboat moored just down from the Tower of London – the views along the river are amazing. And on Sunday we’re meeting friends for a picnic in Victoria Park.

Tonight I must… Catch up on some sleep.

I love what I do because… Having my own design business and the freedom to create my own products is the best thing ever. And it’s wonderful being my own boss.

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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