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