Inspiration: Charlene Mullen’s London Calling collection for Royal Doulton
Back in June 2014, Home Arty Home previewed images from the new collaboration between Royal Doulton and London-based homewares designer Charlene Mullen. Since it’s release, the “London Calling” range has gathered quite a following so I thought I’d share with you the video above, a fascinating glimpse behind-the-scenes in the studio, in which Charlene talks about her inspirations and creating the range.
At the core of the collection, which is based on her ‘blackwork’ and ‘scenic’ embroidered textiles, is the ‘Foulard Star’ design, available as open stock as well as in 4-piece and 16-piece boxed sets. The hand-drawn pattern offers a subtle yet impactful design with Charlene’s unique signature accent of red featuring on each piece.
Splashes of Charlene’s signature red colour are present across the collection, as she explains: “I think it’s really important with my designs to have an element of surprise and fun, so there are little hidden ‘secrets’ that add to the story. Every one of my designs has a dash of red, and in the scenic designs, if you look closely, you’ll see birds, a cat and a little red bus.”
‘London Calling’ features London landmarks with the scene running across four display plates to captures the story and atmosphere of the city. The London Eye, Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are all present but the scene also has tiny details. A little red bus, St. George’s flag and even a helicopter are included so something different stands out each time you look at it.
Find out more at the Royal Doulton site.