In 2013 designer and illustrator Michelle Mason co-founded Mason & Painter, a vintage emporium on Columbia Road, in east London, a street famed for its Sunday flower market.
Michelle’s inspiration for Flower Market: Botanical Style at Home is the wide variety of seasonal plants and flowers available right outside her shop. Buying locally and in tune with the seasons is at the heart of her philosophy Using salvage and reclaimed objects, vintage glassware and ceramics as props and backdrops, Flower Market is brimming with texture, pattern and exciting and inspiring ways to group and display flowers, plants and succulents.
In Flower Market: Botanical Style at Home Michelle draws on her design experience, playing with shape, colour and composition to create stunning combinations showing how to make the most of fresh flowers and bring botanical style into the home.
Styling advice direct from London's world-famous Columbia Road flower market
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.
Mason & Painter opened in Columbia Road, London E2, in 2013 to great acclaim and Michelle was immediately invited to create 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 been featured in articles for Guardian Weekend, Sainsbury's magazine and Living Etc and has contributed articles to Design Exchange and Trail Blazer magazines.
"It is to all the followers of floral designers on Instagram that this book will appeal. Every chapter has pages of impeccably styled, elegant images. For anyone after a 'look book' of what flowers are available from a local market and how to combine them, this will be a useful resource. If this encourages and entices a new generation to go out and find flowers...it gets my vote."