New in Seven Dials this week is Melanie Porter's pop-up furniture shop, featuring very distinctive one-off pieces from the knitwear designer. If you've seen her creations on her site it's a great way of seeing them 'in the flesh' - and of course shopping! Melanie herself will be on site the whole time, and working in a studio at the back.
"Trained at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College, Melanie’s ability to create exquisite, textured fabrics which are individually knitted and felted for every project has drawn attention from clients and press all over the world.
Each project starts with the frame itself – anything from a Victorian nursing chair, to a vintage occasional table– which is painstakingly stripped back, before being restored and/or reupholstered using traditional techniques. This blank canvas is then covered with a series of hand-knitted panels.
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 labour-intensive process is a stunning and unique work of art, destined to be a future family heirloom."
When - 24th February - 5th March
Where - 38 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9EP
Link 1 - Melanie Porter
Link 2 - Seven Dials