Whistles women: Madeleine Moxham

Madeleine Moxham is the owner and creative director of abstract jewellery and accessory brand Moxham. Her large-scale designs incorporate primary shapes, oversized fastenings and yards of leather and are available online and in selected Whistles stores.

Madeleine works and designs from her studio space within her family home in Camberwell. The sun-filled space is vast and lends itself well to the designer’s orderly yet artistic accents. A grid of imagery is hung on the wall by a series of bulldog clips and large-scale artworks lean against crisp white walls. We caught up with Maddy to discuss the merits of wearing multi-functional accessories and working within the family home. 

Where do you look for inspiration?

Friends, fashion and graphic design, The Design Museum, long lunches at Hoi Polloi and city breaks.

What's the best thing about having a studio within your family home?

That it is five minutes away from my flat, full of light and there's always milk in the fridge.

Do you have any daily rituals?

No because every day is totally different! However on the weekend I always like to paint my nails, read The Guardian Magazine (especially Sali Hughes' beauty column as it is one my favourites), eat scrambled eggs on toast, because my boyfriends cooks the best, and hang out with my nephews.

What is your favourite piece of furniture?

At the moment it is a very large metal M I keep outside my flat door and some vintage, wooden chairs I picked up in Peckham and now have in the studio. I'm also having a bit of a love affair with anglepoise lamps and just got some very simple but well designed ones from Habitat for a event we are planning.

Your space is very calming and organised – is that purposeful?

I am not a naturally organised person when it comes to my day-to-day life (you should see my wardrobe) so it is really important to me that when I am in the studio it is organised. If I have an organised space then I have an organised brain.

When dressing, do you choose your outfit before your jewellery or jewellery before your outfit?

Generally I'll start with shoes or jewellery and build up from there. I like simple shapes and lovely fabrics. I tend to buy investment pieces that you can then pair with statement shoes, jewellery and accessories to change or update the look.

How do you store and organize your design inspiration?

I don't really... I hate clutter so prefer to have an inspiration folder on my computer and when I get bored of it I delete it and start again. Although, I do have a few key books that have been in the studio for some time now - a book on Minimalism, Frida Kahlo and the work of graphic designer Wim Crouwel.

What frustrates you?

Not much although I am a bit impatient & have an inability to enjoy exercise which I thought might change with age, but I'm still waiting.