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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.

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; Made, a Book of Lifestyle Fitness and Food, Millie Mackintosh and Home, Orla Kiely.

Coming Soon… my next book, Love Pattern will be out in September 2021

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. In the past year I have 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, David/Nicolas, Pierre Frey, Andrew Winch, Ray Booth, Dara Caponigro, creative director, Schumacher, Tatjana von Stein of Sella Concept and Peter Mikic

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.

Coming next, by the power of zoom…

Zandra Rhodes x Savoir Beds

4pm, Thursday 25th February 2021

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 all use objects to root and reflect ourselves, and the artworks I selected for this show are all rich in personal narrative – a ceramic vase reconstructed with vintage fabric following a breakage; a textile portrait of a relative ‘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 discovered pieces of jewellery stowed in dressing table drawers, a mosaic mirror resting on a mantlepiece, a pair of stitched lace collars hanging from a wardrobe door. Rodmarton Manor was also used as an informal workshop for local makers (women gathered here to embroider the quilts that still hang on the walls), 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 responding 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