Michelle Ogundehin: Biography
Internationally renowned as an authority on interiors, trends and style, Michelle Ogundehin is a writer, author, brand consultant and TV presenter. She is an influencer with expertise and the multi award-winning former Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK.
Her first book, HappyInside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness, shares her philosophy on the link between our homes and our wellbeing (published April 2020). She was Series Judge on Interior Design Masters, a new landmark 8-part show for BBC2, alongside Series Presenter Fearne Cotton. First screened in Autumn 2019 and now available globally via Netflix. She writes regularly for The Financial Times: How to Spend It magazine and Dezeen, the world’s most influential online design portal, as well as many other prestigious publications worldwide.
Michelle has also co-presented four series of Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs: House of the Year and appeared on numerous other programmes, including The Great Interior Design Challenge, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Monty Don, a BBC4 Bauhaus documentary and Channel 4’s Inside Out Homes. See more and show reels here.
She was appointed Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Decoration UK in May 2004, and during her 13-year tenure, the magazine rose 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. Extending the brand in 2012, she launched ELLE Decoration Country, a bi-annual bookazine 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.
She also masterminded the relaunch and profitable sale of Real Homes magazine, and gained industry notoriety for her Equal Rights for Design campaign. Backed by Sir James Dyson and Sir Terence Conran, the proposal to change the UK copyright laws with respect to design culminated in new laws being passed in 2016 to make knock-off designer classics illegal.
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 almost two years. She began her publishing career on the launch of Tate Art Magazine under Tim Marlow (now Artistic Director of the Royal Academy), followed by formative years with Deyan Sudjic (now Director of the Design Museum) at Blueprint Magazine rising swiftly to the position of Senior Editor. In 1997 she was headhunted by Ilse Crawford to join ELLE Decoration as her Features Director. Two years later she opened her creative consultancy, MO:Studio, shuttling between bases in Los Angeles and London, and maintaining a connection to ELLE Decoration as its Editor-at-Large.
In this period, she also 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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