Designer, illustrator and co-owner of successful vintage emporium Mason & Painter, Michelle Mason is passionate about interior product design. Known for her strong illustrative style she continues to inspire with exquisitely designed products for clients including British Library, Transport For London and St Pancras International. Endorsed as “the stylist’s favourite” by The Sunday Times Style magazine, Michelle has worked with some of the UK’s most established manufacturers from the potteries of Stoke on Trent to Sheffield’s last remaining pewter factory. Her own products have regularly appeared in the international design press and she frequently sits on judging panels, such as Boost, launched by the Southbank Centre and the Observer to find the next generation of new design talent.
In 2013 she opened her first vintage and lifestyle shop on Columbia Road, home to the famous Sunday flower market, to much acclaim and was immediately invited to create a pop-up stores at the Southbank Centre and Kew Gardens. Her interest in styling with flowers and plants is intrinsically linked to the flower market; which literally unfolds on her doorstep every week and where she gathers seasonal produce to decorate the shop.
She has appeared in articles for Guardian Weekend, Sainsbury Magazine and Living Etc and has contributed articles to Design Exchange magazine and travel articles for Trail Blazer magazine.
David McKie is a former political reporter, deputy editor, chief leaderwriter and columnist (‘Elsewhere’ and ‘Smallweed’) for the Guardian. Born in London, he grew up in London and Leeds, read history at Oxford and started in newspapers with the Oxford Mail. After the Guardian, he turned to writing books, which have included Jabez: the Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue (shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award); Great British Bus Journeys; and McKie’s Gazetteer.
Tom Miller moved to New York City in 1979 from Dayton, Ohio, where his interest in architecture and history was sparked. Tom currently holds the rank of Inspector within the NYPD’s Auxiliary Police Force. For years his involvement with the New York Police Department– whether on patrol or marching its wide avenues – has afforded him the opportunity to see the city’s seemingly endless variety of buildings. He started the blog Daytonian in Manhattan in 2009, and since then he has investigated and researched the stories of more than a thousand Manhattan buildings. He urges New Yorkers and visitors alike to ‘never stop being a tourist’ and ‘never stop looking up’.
Jeremy Musson is a distinguished architectural historian, writer and broadcaster. He was Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine 1998−2007. Previous books include English Country House Interiors (Rizzoli, 2011), The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration (Rizzoli, 2014) and Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration and the Art of Elegance (Rizzoli, 2017). He also presented the BBC 2 series The Curious House Guest.
Dr Sandy Primrose MBE PhD has spent his professional life as a biologist, initially in academia and then as a senior manager in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and life science companies. He has also worked with various government departments on topics such as the detection of food fraud and the safety of genetically engineered foods. He now works as a consultant helping early-stage companies in the healthcare field. He is a keen gardener and lectures extensively on plants, horticulture and gardening. He is passionate about teaching and aims to be at once entertaining and informative.
His previous books include Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics, co-authored with Richard Twyman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) and Plants, Poisons and Personalities (Librario Publishing, 2010).
He lives in Buckinghamshire.
Charles Quest-Ritson is the author of many books on gardens and gardening, including Ninfa: the Most Romantic Garden in the World (Frances Lincoln, 2009) the RHS Encyclopaedia of Roses (Dorling Kindersley, 2011) and Gardens of Germany (Mitchell Beazley, 1998). Charles Quest-Ritson lives in Hampshire and Normandy.
Tim Richardson is a garden columnist in the Daily Telegraph and the author of many books, including The Arcadian Friends (Bantam, 2008), Avant Gardeners (Thames & Hudson, 2009), Great Gardens of America (Frances Lincoln, 2009), Futurescapes (Thames & Hudson, 2011) and The New English Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2013). He is a trustee of the Garden History Society, sits on the National Trust’s gardens advisory panel, wrote Oxford University’s first garden history course – and is a passionate advocate of fringe gardening. Tim Richardson is the founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. He lives in London.