Couturier Guo Pei Wows With Her Alternate Universe Collection

Couturier Guo Pei unveiled her Alternate Universe Couture Collection for Fall Winter 2019/20, marking the finale of the Haute Couture shows for Paris Fashion Week. If memorable was the way they wanted to close the event, they chose the right collection. Surreal and sumptuous, simultaneously dark and light, the impressively crafted extravagance of Guo Pei’s presentation was breathtaking. Read more

Modern Quilts For Manly Men & More By LUKE.

LUKE manly quilts

I blogged about edgy rock n’ roll quilts by Boo Davis last August, now I’m happy to introduce you to another fabulous modern quilter and much to my pleasant surprise, the talented stitcher is a male. Read more

Sit On Knits! Custom Upholstered Sweater Chairs By Melanie Porter.

Traditional and modern chairs take on a new dimension when upholstered in the hand-knit textiles of Melanie Porter. From tub chairs to wing chairs, Chippendales to Egg chairs, Melanie painstakingly strips them of their original upholstery and then covers each chair in her hand knit panels of cable knits, patchwork, cross-stitch, and crochet. Details like hand covered buttons, pom pom accents, union jacks, painted frames and color combinations best show off the textiles.


Melanie’s chairs are cozy and inviting one-of-a-kind functional art pieces. She even gives them human names, which only add to their appeal. Here’s a look at several of her unique chairs.

Nora chair:

Lottie chair:

Olivia chair:

Bob chair:

Will chair:

Pip and Pen chairs:

Albert chair:

George chair:

Gilbert chair:

Bertie chair:

Tabby chair:

In addition to the chairs, Melanie makes and sells hand-knit cushions using Italian Merino wools.

Percy (Union jack) Cushions in two colorways:

Daffy, Honeycomb and Quod cushions:

images courtesy of Furfin, Melanie Porter and Mydeco.

About Melanie Porter:

After 10 years working as a knitwear designer for a number of international fashion brands, Melanie has turned her expertise to furniture, creating one-off contemporary designs from chairs sourced from auctions and markets across the UK.

Melanie undertakes the entire process herself and everything, from the restoration and upholstering to the individual, crocheted buttons, is done by hand. The result of this incredibly labor-intensive process is a stunning and unique work of art, destined to be a future family heirloom.

Shop for Melanie’s chairs and cushions here.
Please contact Melanie for any further details, or to enquire about bespoke commisions.
t:
07770 941305
e:
info@melanieporter.co.uk

Eco-Friendly & Extra Funky Pillows From Heather Lins Home.

heather lins throw pillows

Located in Madison, Wisconsin, Heather Lins was trained as a graphic designer but wanted to escape the computer and get her hands dirty in the studio. As a result, Heather Lins Home was born. Read more

Stitchwitchery By Aubrey Longley-Cook. Sew Cool.

stitchwitchery

Talented young embroiderer Aubrey Longley-Cook (who turns 24 tomorrow.. Happy Birthday Aubrey!) writes a blog from Atlanta, Georgia named Spool Spectrum on which he posts his own handiwork along with some fabulous textile work from other artists and some kitschy finds. He also sells some of his unique embroidery, each framed in a wood hoop, in a store of the same name as his blog on etsy. Read more