Antique chairs paired with risqué textiles and large mounted word sculptures inside of which are stylized fetishized illustrations of women frolicking in landscapes are some of the ways in which Manga and Modern are incorporated into the work of artist Jessica Lichtenstein. 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.
above: Cock Rock quilt from Quiltsrÿche
You gotta love a crafter who labels her textile designs with the sign-off “Made With Hate.” At least I do. On her own site she describes herself as follows:”Boo Davis is a designer, illustrator and quiltmaker living in Seattle. She spent much of her youth cozied up under her grandmother’s quilt listening to Ozzy. As a grown-up metalhead and design geek, the intersection of cute and evil is what she finds most compelling.” Read more
Montreal-based Poids Plume designs and creates beautiful, natural organic cotton clothes, hats, blankets and cotton-linen bedding for babies.
The sweet clothing for infants and babies includes swaddling blankets, Goblin hats, layettes, onezies, sleepsacks, and pajamas.
The Baby bedding has everything from plush blankets to crib bedding and pillows.
Hand-printed with water based inks, the modern textiles feature nature scenes and animals in simple, but elegant, graphic designs. The non-toxic inks and eco-friendly natural materials used in their make for both a better planet and better looking baby’s room.