Made By Mrs M: 1950s style
You might already be following Kate Marsden on her lovely blog so we may be preaching to the converted, but if not, come meet the talented Mrs M…
The SS16 eye-catching collection from Mrs M features mid-century architectural prints in bright hues. It features iconic buildings from London Town such as the National Theatre, South Bank Centre, Battersea Power Station and Tate Modern and these repeated illustrations give each design a great sense of energy and purpose.
Kate’s designs are inspired by life in the city and the architecture and textile design of the 1950s. Her Fashion and Textile background led her to launch Made By Mrs M officially two years ago and her designs have already featured on a number of products which she admits has challenged her target to keep production solely in the UK. Happily, all of her new products in the SS16 range are made in the UK which includes fabrics, notecards, travel card wallets and ceramicware. What isn’t made by small independent companies is made by Kate herself in her sunny studio on the South London / Surrey border.
There is a sense of fun and celebration in Kate’s work. We love the fact that you can buy the fabric in fat quarters or by the metre meaning the world is really your oyster for using this punchy fabric – from cushions and lampshades to dressmaking and one-off small experimental projects. These unique mid-century inspired fabrics provide you with an opportunity to bring an urban 1950s layer to your home and we don’t doubt the personality they’ll bring to a space.
On a smaller scale, the 32-paged notebooks are simple and pleasing, their size being bijou at A6 is just perfect for taking out and about. Something you really can use when walking around exploring for the day without making your bag an excruciating weight! The crisp thick 140gsm plain cartridge pages hold their own so it can be used for notetaking or quick sketches and they’re lovely to hold. Little books of possibilities…
We loved the yellow covers for their fresh zesty feel and the Windows design (far right in mint green) reminded us of some of JanaundJs’s work which is similarly inspired by urban landscape and architectural language (see here for our interview with them). There is an authenticity to the design which makes it so appealing and THAT yellow works so well – see the set of four notebooks below against a MissPrint design also influenced by the same era.