Helen Chislett began her career when she studied Periodical Journalism at the London College of Communications (then the London College of Printing) and was awarded the prize for Most Outstanding Student, given to her by David Dimbleby.
Her first job, aged 19, was on Good Housekeeping magazine as the Writer in the Homes department. Subsequently, she worked at Woman magazine as Feature Writer in the Homes department, cementing her love of interiors and design. Since embarking on a freelance career, she has worked for a variety of lifestyle magazines and newspaper supplements. In addition, she has written 15 books to date.
Although the majority of her work centres on design, Helen is a skilled interviewer and profile writer. For many years, she was a regular contributor to the Relative Values section of the Sunday Times Magazine, and also wrote numerous celebrity interviews for the Mail on Sunday. It is this ability to operate comfortably both within the competitive, fast-moving environment of national newspapers and the top echelons of the international design world that keeps her so in demand.
“I have known and worked with Helen for many years, most recently when we co-authored ‘Star Pieces’ (Thames & Hudson), a detailed look at extraordinary furniture, both contemporary and historic. Her writing is elegant and insightful, but I also value the fact we manage to have enormous fun along the way.”
David Linley (Viscount Linley, Chairman of Christies and founder of Linley Furniture.)
Helen returned to the LCC as a part-time lecturer and tutor aged just 26 and subsequently designed and ran the first post-graduate journalism courses that the college offered. This led to her being a regular tutor for leading publishing companies, including EMAP, IPC and the National Magazine Company.
In recent years, Helen has concentrated on writing about design and decoration at the luxury end of the industry for top international titles, including the FT’s ‘How To Spend It’ magazine, the Wall Street Journal Magazine and www.1stdibs.com.
She has also diversified into the related fields of consultancy, copywriting and curating.