I met Knitting Queen Melanie Porter at this years ‘London Design Festival’. Melanie was exhibiting at ‘Tent London’ with all her successful designs on display, from distinctive knitted furniture, to knitted home accessories, including lamps, cushions and clocks.
Melanie previously had worked as a fashion Knitwear designer, but after 10 years of working in the industry Melanie turned her expertise to furniture, at first she created one-off contemporary designs.
Melanie loved her job in fashion, but explains that she missed the hands-on creativity of actually making something. Melanie quotes ” I also wanted to learn upholstery – its something that has intrigued me since I was a child and would watch my grandfather repairing chairs. I am actually using the tools that I inherited from him.”
It was a real pleasure to meet and chat with Melanie, its always inspirational to meet designers who really are passionate about their work, she even was knitting while we chatted! I even got chance to sit on ‘Edward’ her fabulous very ‘British’ union jack chair! This was the only time Melanie putting her knitting needles down so she could take the photo! ;-)
Melanie Porter Designs are available from the new online shop by clicking here www.melanieporter.co.uk