Michelle Ogundehin: Biography

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Michelle Ogundehin is internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, style and contemporary design. She is also an interiors consultant, TV presenter, writer and award-winning editor. 

She was appointed Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK in May 2004, and during her tenure, the magazine has risen to its highest circulation alongside achieving record revenues. She led the magazine to repeatedly win the coveted Consumer Lifestyle magazine of the year award, as well as the personal accolades of both Lifestyle, and Consumer, Editor of the Year.

In 2012, she launched ELLE Decoration Country, a bi-annual bookazine celebrating the world’s most beautiful rural homes. In the same year she initiated the ‘Equal Rights for Design’ campaign enlisting the support of Sir Terence Conran and Sir James Dyson, alongside government ministers and politicians. The aim? To prompt a change in the UK copyright laws with respect to design (read more here). By the end of the year, the issue had been debated in both House of Parliament with the recommendation new laws be passed. In 2016, the campaign achieved ultimate success as knock-off designer classics were officially declared illegal.

In 2015 she debuted the ELLE Decoration Style Consultancy, an interior design service aimed at commercial property developers, with the design and decoration of the flagship marketing penthouse at Greenwich Peninsula for Knight Dragon Developments.

Trained as an architect at London’s celebrated Bartlett School, Michelle worked in architectural offices in both London and New York, where she lived for two years. She began her publishing career on the launch of Tate Art Magazine under Tim Marlow, followed by formative years at Deyan Sudjic’s Blueprint Magazine rising swiftly to the position of Senior Editor. She was subsequently headhunted by Ilse Crawford to join ELLE Decoration as her Features Director. Two years later she opened MO:Studio, her creative direction consultancy, albeit maintaining a connection to ELLE Decoration as its Editor-at-Large while shuttling between Los Angeles and London.

In this self-employed period, she additionally regularly contributed features to The Observer Magazine; penned columns for Esquire (Sept 97 –April 99) and directed shoots for Nova Magazine (April 2000 – April 2001), alongside writing articles for numerous other publications around the world including Arena; Design Week; ELLE; The Evening Standard; The Face; Frank; Hoch Parterre (Zurich); iD; Interiors (New York); The International Design Magazine (New York); Numero (Paris); Scene; Sunday Times Style and Tate Magazine.

Michelle was born in Manchester, grew up in London, and now lives in Brighton with her young son and two boisterous Basset Hounds. She is a self-confessed clutter clearing obsessive and detail queen, and was a Trustee of the V&A from 2008 – 2015.

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