Have I told you we can see Big Ben from the end of our road? No, we don’t live on Downing Street, Mr TNMA is certainly not part of the Brokeback Coalition and That’s Not My Age mansions is not a fancy pants penthouse in central London. We live in a humble two-bedroomed flat, on a hill, a couple of miles south of the river. Zone two, if you must know.
Being on the fourth floor means we get to see excellent sunsets over the tower blocks of Stockwell. Cross the road to the local park for fabulous views of the cityscape. Bear with me, I’m getting there…and so, my love for the London skyline is what attracted me to the work of textile designer, Charlene Mullen (who coincidentally lives round the corner from me). The 46-year-old says her handmade, scenic cushions and lampshades, ‘Are my idea of a Bayeux Tapestry.’ Mullen’s work is hand-embroidered in the UK and India. Aside from producing beautiful homewares, the designer likes finding old boys to work with, her merino wool blankets are crafted by Raymond Jones of Melin Teifi in Wales and 73-year-old Francis Moore. Mullen also collaborates with Working Well, a mental health charity in east London.
Check out Charlene Mullen’s new website here, or view the collection at:
Maison Objet, Paris, 3-7 September 2010
The Tramshed during London Design Festival, 18-26 September 2010
Decorex International, 26-29 September 2010