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I started Melanie Porter after working in the fashion industry for 10 years with a desire to get back to actually making things. Every piece is made in my studio in London using traditional craft techniques.

I'm usually to be found at my spinning wheel or buried under an enormous pile of knitting as I hand-make every detail, from the knitted upholstery panels and individually hand crocheted buttons to the spinning of fairy lights and the giant wool. It’s in my blood as my family has a long history of craftwork, and I still use many of the tools passed down through the generations.

The result of these incredibly labour-intensive processes is a stunning and unique work of art, which I hope is destined to be a future family heirloom.

My knitted chairs have been featured in The Telegraph, Homes and Gardens, Elle decoration and The Sunday Times..


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Every piece of Melanie Porter Design knit upholstery is unique, due to the handmade nature of the covers, but there are a number of ways to acquire a piece of our furniture. We offer a selection of vintage furniture styles, available to buy right away or a made-to-order collection of frames that can be upholstered in your choice of a wide range of colours; and a bespoke service to restore and re-cover your own furniture.

The designs that you see here are just some examples of our work.  As our creations are bespoke, we are able to tailor a chair to suit your specific requirements and are always happy to work with you, using swatches and drawings to bring your ideas to life, and help you create the perfect piece.  

If you wish to find out more, discuss a commission or request a swatch of our felted knit, please contact us.


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