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This month we are launching a new venture a collaboration with a renowned artist Melissa White, designer and painter of decorative interiors.

From her studio in Hastings on the Sussex coast, Melissa designs and hand paints surface pattern for interiors. Working largely to commission she creates bespoke pieces for domestic, commercial and heritage projects. Melissa took an unconventional route to decorative interiors, specialising in reproducing the wall paintings and painted cloths of our Elizabethan ancestors. She has remained intrigued by this beguiling genre researching and reproducing rare designs for museums and historic houses whilst also adapting them for modern tastes. Meanwhile her inherent love of surface pattern has drawn her towards diverse and ever-changing influences for her designs. Her open-minded and inquisitive approach to decoration makes for fruitful collaborations whilst ensuring the artwork carries her distinctive signature. This signature style is imbued with a historic, artisanal and painterly feel that has its roots in the wall paintings of old. Her paintwork is often finished with ageing and distressing to distance it from the new and the mass produced, adding what she calls "The patination of time".
Melissa has worked with prestige brands Zoffany, Lewis & Wood and Andrew Martin on award winning designs for fabric and wallpaper. She has been commissioned by the likes of Fortnum & Mason (London & Hong Kong), Le Bon Marché, Paris, Martin Brudnizki and even Buckingham Palace where she painted a 10m wide landscape mural for the Queen's summerhouse. Meanwhile her creative journey with highly acclaimed interior designer Kit Kemp continues via large scale, scenic wallpapers, painted furniture, fresco secco artwork and fabric designs for Firmdale Hotels.

Melissa is delighted to be collaborating with Fleet Gallery, Hastings on a new painted furniture adventure.
“I have, of late, become rather obsessed with a certain style of painted furniture. It has its origins in Italy and features strong geometric designs painted in an all-over fashion. The bold, structured patterns, often in black and white, have a rhythm and energy that I find very exciting when they cover characterful pieces of antique furniture.
When I found that Patrick Robbins of Fleet Gallery shared my enthusiasm it made perfect sense to bring our skills together. He has great experience in sourcing and recognising beautiful pieces that have provenance and character but he also recognises the potential of pieces in need of sprucing up. From cupboards to cabinets, drawers to commodes, we will let his finds speak to us and select suitable patterns that will enhance and elevate. Then he’ll leave me to work some painterly magic at my studio.