Michelle bags a classic

SHE is the Sheffield-raised, London-based designer whose up-market cushions, handbags and homeware have graced the rarefied pages of Marie Claire and Elle.

It is the controversial council block which has been labelled among the ugliest buildings in Europe.

And this bag is the result of what happened when the former saw dusk setting over the latter.

Michelle Mason created the item, along with purses and bucket bags, after being inspired by Park Hill. The print mimics the iconic building's brutalist architecture.

"I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea but I've always thought Park Hill had a certain beauty," says the 46-year-old, who grew up in Lydgate Lane, Crosspool before moving to London at 18. "I like its minimalism."

Michelle - who worked for The National Gallery before starting her own business in 2006 - created the items after being approached by Museums Sheffield to design a gift range.

"I was walking back to the station after our meeting when I saw Park Hill," says the mother-of-one. "And I knew that's what my design should be."

The range is available at the Museums Sheffield shop in the Millennium Gallery.

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