Charlotte Abrahams

Charlotte Abrahams

I am a writer, author and – from time to time – a curator too, specialising in design and the applied arts

Publications

I contribute to many national and international publications, including Guardian Weekend, Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Times LUXX, Financial Times How to Spend It, CRAFTS, Homes & Antiques, The Journal, Design Anthology UK, EFFECT and The Design Edit.

Coming soon… my next book, Love Pattern & Colour is out on 7th September 2021

Books

I am the author of three books – Wallpaper The Ultimate Guide, Wallpaper a Book of Modern Prints and Hygge, a Celebration of Simple Pleasures: Living the Danish Way.

I also help other authors with their books. My credits include Open, Frankie Bridge; Looking at the Stars: How incurable illness taught one boy everything, Lewis Hine; Four Mums in A Boat (paperback edition) Janette Benaddi, Frances Davies, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg; Made, a Book of Lifestyle Fitness and Food, Millie Mackintosh and Home, Orla Kiely.

If you have a book project to discuss, please contact my agent Clare Hulton

Clare@clarehulton.co.uk

Talks

I am often asked to chair panel discussions and moderate talks.

For London Design Weeks 2021, I moderated a series of Creative Collaborations, talking to creatives including Martina Mondadori, Benni Frowein, Sophie Paterson, David Harris, Sasha Bikoff, Jamie Drake, Scott Baxter, Esti Barnes, Gianluca Franzese, Bernie de la Cuona, Damian Foxe and Edward Watson. You can access the programme here.

In the past year I have also worked with Design Centre Chelsea Harbour on their virtual talks series, Conversations in Design, Creative Collaborations and Design Dates. Recent interviewees include the architect Peter Marino and designers Paolo Moschino & Philip Vergeylen, Staffan Tollgard, Zandra Rhodes, David/Nicolas, Pierre Frey, Andrew Winch, Ray Booth and Dara Caponigro,

Curating

I also love using beautiful objects to tell stories. My exhibition credits include The Craft of Wallpaper at the Geffrye Museum in association with London Craft Week 2016 and Rodmarton Reimagined, which ran as part of Crafts Alive with the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen in September 2018.

As part of London Craft Week, this special exhibition brought together the work of eleven of the UK’s most innovative makers: CUSTHOM, Juliet Chadwick, Claire Coles, Linda Florence, Fromental, Graham & Brown, Tracy Kendal, Elise Menghini, Identity Papers, Erica Wakerly and Waybreads.

Rodmarton Reimagined was a response to the Arts & Crafts manor house Rodmarton Manor. I am fascinated by the concept of home and the way in which we use objects to root and reflect ourselves and, for this show, I selected artworks rich in personal narrative – a ceramic vase reconstructed with vintage fabric following a breakage; a textile portrait of a relative known as ‘Fag Ash Lil’ and a tiny doll with a secret to reveal. Each object was carefully placed in a suite of furnished bedrooms and a bathroom and visitors were invited to explore, discovering pieces of jewellery stowed in the drawers of a dressing table, a mosaic mirror resting on a mantlepiece, and a pair of stitched lace collars hanging from a wardrobe door. Rodmarton Manor was also used as an informal workshop for local makers, so I also commissioned a group of nine artists from Victoria Works Studio in the nearby village of Chalford, to create a collection of site specific work that responded not only to the family history of the house, but also to the Arts and Craft philosophy at its heart.

Participating Artists

Moira Buckley, Zoe Hillyard, Charlotte Hodes, Natasha Kerr, Nicki Jarvis, Hannah Louise Lamb, Sue Paraskeva, Cleo Mussi, Sandra Shashou, Liz Valenti, Rosalind Wyatt. Victoria Works Group: Nicola Clark, Katerina Gibb, Gourd & Horse, Lizzie Mabley, Rachel McDonnell, Anna Simson, Jill Watton, Zoe Watts

I also curated the biannual new design showcase Spotted at TopDrawer for 12 years, launching more than 300 new design brands to the retail market.

Get in touch with me at Charlotte@charlotteabrahams.com