With just under a month to go, we are so excited to finally introduce you to your IBA18 host, Michelle Ogundehin! Internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, trends, style and contemporary design, Michelle has led a colourful and successful career within the interior industry.
Well-known for being a TV presenter, writer, consultant creative director and award-winning editor, Michelle originally trained as an architect at London’s renowned Bartlett School. Following this, she worked in architectural offices in both London and New York where she lived for two years. Her publishing career began at Tate Art Magazine, followed by years at Blueprint Magazine where she swiftly rose to Senior Editor.
She was headhunted by Isle Crawford to join ELLE Decoration as the Features Director in 1997 and this led to her being appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2004. During her 13 years as Editor, she led the title to award-winning creative heights and saw the publication reach its highest ever circulation. With a love for all things design and a passion for broadening the scope of the ELLE Decoration brand, she launched ELLE Decoration Collections in 2007, an annual guide to the world’s best new designs. In 2012, she added ELLE Decoration Country to the portfolio, a bi-annual publication celebrating the world’s most beautiful rural homes. Three years later, she successfully debuted the ELLE Decoration Style Consultancy, an interior design service aimed at commercial property developers.
With a passion for protecting famed designers and their most iconic designs, Michelle initiated the Equal Rights for Design campaign in 2012 to prompt a change in UK copyright laws with respect to design. Gaining support from big names in the design industry from Sir James Dixon to Sir Terence Conran, within 12 months the issue had been debated in both Houses of Parliament. A year later, new laws were passed declaring knock-off designer classics officially illegal, a welcome change across the creative industries.
Today, Michelle combines brand consultancy with TV presenting, and she has appeared on a variety of interior design TV programmes, including Grand Designs, The Great British Interior Design Challenge and Inside Out Homes. Originally from Manchester, Michelle now lives in Brighton with her young son and two boisterous Basset Hounds.