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India 2017

I'm really excited to get started on my new projects after returning from a two week visit to India, where I met some incredibly talented craftsmen and visited beautiful and inspiring sites. Here are a few pictures of my favourite places synon to visit in Jaipur and Delhi:

Anokhi Museum of hand printing

What an inspirational place! To see the building so beautifully restored to make the perfect space to show the most incredible textile collection. A very peaceful destination with not a tour party in sight; definitely one for the textiles aficionado.

 

Mantar Jantar Observatory, Jaipur

I had an amazing time at the Observatory, it is incredible that in the 18th Century they created such accurate and beautiful instruments to determine the time and the stars.

 

Amber Fort, Jaipur

So fascinating to see how the maharajas lived absolutely, no expense spared and no surface left unembellished! They made a complete world for themselves behind those impressive amber walls, it is almost like a fairy tale castle.

 

 

Jaipur Modern 

This mid century bungalow is a really brilliant example of modern Indian architecture. The food was delicious and sourced straight from their organic farm. 

We're hoping that it will be an annual pilgrimage as there is still so much to explore and discover.


Makers of Selfridges

Our ceramic range for Makers of Selfridges, launched late last year and features illustrated shoppers clutching the iconic yellow Selfridge bag.

The starting point was Charlene's previous project with Selfridges; a cushion of Selfridge's building on Oxford street. Taking elements like the shoppers and the vehicles, Charlene developed the illustrations to fit a teacup and saucer, mug and teapot.  

To find out more about the inspiration behind the range read an interview with Charlene for Friends & Co here.


Interview with That's Not My Age blog 1 Comment

Charlene spoke to Alyson from That's Not My Age about her style and inspiration, we're big fans of the blog so it's great to be featured! Read the interview here (and admire the gorgeous photos by Dvora @Fashionistable).


London Design Festival Autumn/Winter Press Preview 2016

This morning was our A/W 16 press preview ahead of London Design Week as part of Shoreditch Design Triangle.

We showed our latest and upcoming projects and products that we will have in the run up to Christmas. After the popularity of our bespoke bone china baubles last Christmas we will be bringing a new range of illustrated baubles based on Charlene's folk style drawings. Our latest bone china mugs of our 'Shoreditch gentlemen' are proving particularly popular with our local and loyal customers (maybe it's something to do with the beard or stripey t-shirt?)

More new products include our latest range of ceramics with Royal Doulton, based on our popular hand embroidered geometric cushion range. The collection was launched in Australia and will only be available from us in the UK. 

The exterior of 7 Calvert Avenue, ShoreditchCharlene standing outside 7 Calvert Avenue, ShoreditchDaisy Chain tea plate, Charlene Mullen for Royal Doulton, Ralphie and Mouse bespoke bone china egg cup, Charlene Mullen  and Bone Egg Spoon, Beggars Velvet

We're also excited that soon we will be stocking wonderful new products by Beggars' Velvet whose philosophy is that 'Good materials should not go to waste, nor should fine words be forgotten'. Beggars' Velvet are Sculptor & letter carver, Kate Owen and textiles design & author Ros Badger who are based in Peckham, South London.

Beggars' Velvet's products are playful but useful household curiosities that are hand decorated with interesting epigrams and words, pilfered from the finest writers. 

Feeling dirty? Beggars' Velvet's new soap is emblazoned with 'Filth' or 'Smut', each soap is hand poured in Lancashire and scented with Eau-De-Cologne, the same scent since the 1920's. The masters for each soap design are carved by hand in welsh slate.


Although we are enjoying the summer weather we can't wait for Autumn and Winter after seeing our new products alongside Beggars' Velvets and we also have an exciting new project with Selfridges in the pipeline that is not to be missed...

Keep checking out our blog or sign up to our mailing list to find out about our latest products and projects.

 

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Summer Sale

Our summer sale is now on online and instore! Use our discount code "summersale16" to get 20% off all our cushions online*.
Offer ends on Friday 22nd of July so make sure you don't miss out and feel free to share the code with friends and family. A great opportunity to be the perfect wedding guest with the best present at the wedding.

*Cannot be used on existing discounted cushions


Sample Sale


Individual and Bespoke English Bone China Mugs

Using our folk art and scrimshaw designs we have been busy designing some new English Bone China mugs. You may remember our window from Easter last year and our hand decorated goose eggs. Using the same technique, they have inspired us to make these beautiful mugs for you. Each mug has been lovingly decorated by hand in our studio in Shoreditch, making them all unique and individual.

Our small mugs (8.5cm) are £15 each and we are in the process of creating a larger size, which will be coming soon to the shop. Perfect for that morning cup of tea or coffee! For more information pop by the store or email us at studio@charlenemullen.com.

 

Why not treat yourself to a set of our 4 bird mugs. Also great as a little seasonal gift. Soon to be available in our large and small mugs. 


Spring/Summer 2016

Preparations are underway for our press preview tomorrow and our temporary shop dog, Plum, is making sure we're working hard. 

We have plenty of new products for Spring/Summer 2016; a new ceramic collection, a stationary range with French brand Claire Fontaine, a poster designed exclusively for the Tate and framed prints with King and McGaw.

The Geometric ceramics are launching in Australia and we will exclusively have stock of the range, pop by the store for more information or email us at studio@charlenemullen.com. See our previous blog for photos.


Behind the Scenes of our new range with Royal Doulton shoot

Take a look at our behind the scene images from the photoshoot for our new collection with Royal Doulton we did back in November. British Standard Cupboards kindly allowed us to use their showroom in Hoxton and their beautiful painted style in great colours really suits the new range. Nestled amidst the chaos are beautiful utilitarian products loaned by Labour and Wait, our neighbours on Redchurch street. The shoot was styled by Mary Mathieson who is an old friend from the Royal College of Art and knows me and my work so well and I completely trust her to show the china at its best.


A preview of our latest range with Royal Doulton

It's great to start the beginning of a new year by sharing our new collection for Royal Doulton with you. Inspired by our Geometric Cushion range, the new mugs, plates and bowls mix cheerful colours with adventurous patterns to compliment our existing London Calling and Foulard Star collections.

Dotty, Bobble, Raindrop and Daisy started life as simple, hand-embroidered textiles based on Japanese optical art, created in four colours which look lovely together. Just as the original textiles were designed to complement each other, so too the new Geometric ceramics have been designed to complement my Blackwork and London Calling designs. These can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content.

Here are a few images from the photoshoot we did back in November, have a look at our chaotic behind the scenes images in our previous blog.

The shoot was with British Standard Cupboards at their showroom at Hoxton square; their bold kitchen perfectly complement the new range.  We're so pleased with the new range which is being launched in Australia and we will have stock exclusive to us very soon. 


Gift ideas for Dad

To help ease the stress of Christmas shopping we have  carefully selected a few of our favourite pieces by the makers trading at the Winter fayre. We will be sharing our gift ideas in the run up to the opening night on Friday the 11th of December. Check out our blog or facebook page to keep up to date.


Gift ideas for Mum 1 Comment

To help ease the stress of Christmas shopping we have  carefully selected a few of our favourite pieces by the makers trading at the Winter fayre. We will be sharing our gift ideas in the run up to the opening night on Friday the 11th of December. Check out our blog or facebook page to keep up to date.


Gift Ideas for secret Santa

To help ease the stress of Christmas shopping we have  carefully selected a few of our favourite pieces by the makers trading at the Winter fayre. We will be sharing our gift ideas in the run up to the opening night on Friday the 11th of December. Check out our blog or facebook page to keep up to date.


Gift Ideas for Mum and Dad 1 Comment

To help ease the stress of Christmas shopping we have  carefully selected a few of our favourite pieces by the makers trading at the Winter fayre. We will be sharing our gift ideas in the run up to the opening night on Friday the 11th of December. Check out our blog or facebook page to keep up to date.


Gift Ideas for the Shoreditch Pug 1 Comment

To help ease the stress of Christmas shopping we have  carefully selected a few of our favourite pieces by the makers trading at the Winter fayre. We will be sharing our gift ideas in the run up to the opening night on Friday the 11th of December. Check out our blog or facebook page to keep up to date.


Gift Ideas for the Shoreditch Gentleman

To help ease the stress of Christmas shopping we have  carefully selected a few of our favourite pieces by the makers trading at the Winter fayre. We will be sharing our gift ideas in the run up to the opening night on Friday the 11th of December. Check out our blog or facebook page to keep up to date.


Rochelle Winter Fayre

We've curated a fantastic Winter Fayre with our favourite local craftspeople held at the Rochelle School on Arnold's circus. There will be a range of affordable presents to buy, pasta and letterpress demonstrations and be sure to catch Choir East singing on Sunday at 3pm. We've made sure that there is something for everyone!

 

To help ease the stress of Christmas shopping we have  carefully selected a few of ourfavourite pieces by the makers trading at the Winter fayre. We will be sharing our gift ideas in the run up to the opening night on Friday the 11th of December. Keep checking our  blog and facebook page to keep up to date.


Join us for our late night opening for Shoreditch Design Triangle

We'd love for you to join us on Tuesday the 22nd of September at our Studio/store on Calvert Avenue from 6-9pm for a drink or two. It's a great opportunity to see what we've been working on and the new products we will be bringing into the store for Autumn/Winter.

This year Shoreditch Design Triangle has been sponsored by Grolsch and we will be supplied with beers for the evening. To find out more visit SDT's website or pop by our shop to pick up a free guide.