06 Feb Explore: A Visit to the London Studio of Charlene Mullen
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege and fun of going to London with friends and discovering neighborhoods I’d never seen before – Shoreditch, Clerkenwell, and Islington – which were full of young professionals, working artists, graffiti murals and amazing original boutiques.
We stumbled into the studio/shop of Charlene Mullen, whose name was new to me (& of course since then, I’ve seen her name and her work everywhere!). She has a background in art and worked for years in fashion before making her debut in luxury homewares — now with an active shop in London, a line for Royal Doulton, private clients for custom work & frequent exhibits in Milan, Paris, et. al.
I LOVE this lamp with illustrated shade featuring London skyline!
How great would this extra long pillow of NYC look on a sofa??
Or these fun ones of the London Eye – in daytime or night time palettes…
Here’s a shot from her store – beautiful graphics everywhere!
In a world where home goods can be so homogenized now, I just love that she has such a specific design point of view. She seems to soak it up from the surrounding neighborhood & her classical training in illustration….
(Graffiti mural nearby)
Her calling card:
Even the floors in the shop are stylized! Geometric, colorful tiles….(also avail for sale)
Charlene was creating sketches and putting together pieces on her drawing table while we there — if something is sold out online, you can connect with her to discuss a custom project or two. I’m obsessed with the work she had on display in the shop (also does embroideries that can be framed, etched glass, you name it), seen here:
I highly recommend this area of London is you want a very original, non-touristy view of their thriving artistic community. But if you can’t get there, enjoy a snippet of this little video that gives you a flavor of what Charlene’s creative world is all about…
Enjoy & thanks for your patience with me in my blogging break! I’m VERY excited for this New Year, my improved health and many upcoming creative projects. My friend Jen & I will be at the Design Bloggers conference in LA, March 4-6 so West Coast friends, I hope to see you soon!!