Anne Singer was brought up in Paris where she studied at the Institut National des Arts Décoratifs. She started her career first at the Galerie Maeght in Paris and then the Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence. She worked there for four years in the publishing department preparing books on the artists represented by the gallery - such as Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Eduardo Chillida and Antoni Tapies - amongst many others.


In January 1973, she moved to London to work for the larger than life art historian David Sylvester on the Catalogue Raisonné of Magritte - sponsored by The Menil Foundation. She also worked on a book of David’s interviews with Francis Bacon. David Sylvester was a fascinating historian, obsessed with detail, and working for him was an amazing experience for her. In 1977 she moved to New York with her husband and her first child. She then enrolled at the Arts Students League to study live drawing. By the end of 1978 she returned to London where she studied the restoration of porcelain. She enjoyed working in a field which was more artisanal and gave her the chance to study china and re-create beautiful objects with pigments, pastes and new tools. In 1979 she was asked to write a book about the French painter Paul Maze - renowned for his pastels - who lived and worked in the UK for most of his life. Her book ‘Paul Maze the Lost Impressionist’ was published in 1982.

In 1983, just after her book was published, she embarked on a completely new career and started Monogrammed Linen Shop where she concentrated on producing her favourite linens and embroideries. She had been brought up in a family where linens were treated as heirlooms to be passed on for generations. She specialised in all types of embroideries - whether by hand or machine - to offer the most comprehensive range of designs - contemporary or classical. She was asked to create a linen shop in Thomas Goodes where she specialised in table linens, creating table linens to match their beautiful collection of China. She was then asked to be the first concession in the newly created Home Department at Harvey Nichols. 

 

She sold her company in 2013 to the largest French textile company Fremaux-Delorme but remained with them as a creative consultant for 5 years - after which she decided to retire to live in the US, closer to her children. Soon after her move she realised – after the first euphoria of total freedom - that she could not stop working and her passion for design led her to work with decorators and private clients as an independent creative consultant.

 

Anne has concentrated her efforts on choosing the most luxurious and finest cottons or linen. She was asked by the embroiderers - with which she had been working for the past 40 years - to design a completely new collection under her name. You will soon be able to discover her new collection ‘Anne Singer Collection’, as well as her bespoke creations, secretly tucked away in Tomasz Starzewski’s beautiful Pimlico shop.

 

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