In the run-up to Decorex we caught up with ceramics designer Melanie Roseveare of Melody Rose, whose fine bone china teasets and plates combine luxurious colours and beautiful found images. Melanie says, “For Decorex, I’m launching the new Melody Rose Burnished Gold Collection and with two beautiful new colours: Cobalt Blue – a contemporary take on traditional Blue and White ceramics – and a bold Raspberry Pink – expect Victorian Pink with a modern twist.”
Melanie has long been drawn to these amazing vibrant colours, which pay tribute to her design influences, incluing these Alexander McQueen and Grayson Perry. Choosing these shades also invokes the real spirit of luxury, as these colours are not inexpensive to produce for ceramics. Working with her manufacturing team, Melanie has created beautifully made yet playful investment pieces for the modern table.
Decorex also sees the launch of Melody Rose’s new Francois Boucher range, a collaboration with The Wallace Collection. This is based on a series of paintings in the museum by Francois Boucher which includes “Daphnis and Chloe”. Melanie was particularly drawn to these paintings as her design hero Vivienne Westwood has also used these for inspiration in her fashion collections. Westwood featured “Daphnis and Chloe” on her infamous 1990 corset top, now in the V&A collection and Melody Rose’s Daphnis and Chloe plate can be seen as homage to Vivienne Westwood.
Excitingly, Melanie has also been hard at work on a new collaboration with the Sir John Soane Museum for their upcoming exhibition “Hogarth: Place and Progress”. This new collection is inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, and the exhibition opens while we are at Decorex. We’ll have more details and some fabulous images very soon.