blog press release:
After 10 years working as a knitwear designer for a number of international fashion brands including Burberry, Melanie Porter has turned her expertise to furniture, creating one-off contemporary knitted designs from recycled chairs sourced from auctions and markets across the UK .
Melanie undertakes the entire process herself and everything, from the restoration and upholstering to the felted woollen panels and individual, crocheted buttons, is done by hand.
Each project starts with the chair itself – anything from an antique Victorian nursing chair, to a 1970s Egg chair – which is painstakingly stripped back to the frame, before being restored and reupholstered using traditional techniques.
This blank canvas is then covered with a series of Melanie’s hand-knitted, felted panels, especially created for each chair.