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Melanie Porter: Knit Chairs

These look so cozy for Autumn, I can only imagine the comfort and warmth curling up on a custom knit chair designed by Melanie Porter in the UK. Today Melanie shared her collection with me and I just had to post about this because I did promise I’d lay off the wedding-related content so I’m onto chairs now. :) Who knows where my next blog post will take us, I’m constantly flipping around like this. You too? Thing is, there is so much out there to be inspired by that one never needs to draw a line — if something inspires, no matter what it is, that’s just how it goes. Your design compass points and well, you simply must follow!

Melanie Porter

About Melanie’s work — in her own words, “Each project starts with the chair itself – anything from an antique Victorian nursing chair, to a 1970s Egg chair – which is painstakingly stripped back to the frame, before being restored and reupholstered using traditional techniques. This blank canvas is then covered with a series of hand-knitted panels, especially created for each chair.”

What a process, sounds like a lot of work but a piece that someone would cherish for life. Would you love to have her whip up a custom chair for you? Me, me me! Yes!

Clever and a delight!

(photos: melanie porter)

Posted by decor8 in furniture on July 29, 2009

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  1. mandie commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:00pm

    Those are amazing! I’d love one!

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  2. Shannon commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:30pm

    Holly, I think there might be something wrong with your RSS feed. For the past 2-3 weeks, I have only been getting about a quarter of your posts in Google Reader. I run Firefox on Windows Vista, if that makes any difference.

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  3. Amy commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:33pm

    I love the looks of these but my dogs would tear it up… :_(
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Totally Inappropriate =-.

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  4. jennifer commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:33pm

    one word: LOVE!
    .-= jennifer´s last blog ..Benny & Moon =-.

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  5. Fallon commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:39pm

    WOW! these are so lovely! I have never seen anything like it! Truly impressed =)
    .-= Fallon´s last blog ..Look Book: Prada, Fall/Winter 2009 =-.

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  6. Mallory commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:41pm

    these chairs just beg for you to read in them! i imagine they’d be the coziest.
    .-= Mallory´s last blog ..Mary Poppins Pick for 7/29/09 =-.

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  7. Olivia commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:47pm

    Those are absolutely gorgeous!
    .-= Olivia´s last blog ..?•° {Some color bright story} =-.

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  8. Kim Wallace commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:51pm

    WOW wow wow wow! Yes please!
    .-= Kim Wallace´s last blog ..New prints and original scratchboard artworks by Renée Treml =-.

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  9. Shanon commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:52pm

    These chairs remind me of warm wooly socks. And I love a good pair of socks. I think I’d marry one of these chairs. ; )
    .-= Shanon´s last blog ..Deep Shades of Wine =-.

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  10. Olivia commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 5:54pm

    Those are absolutely gorgeous!
    .-= Olivia´s last blog ..?•° {Some color bright story} =-.

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  11. Amanda commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 6:07pm

    These are amazing! I love the cream one especially!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..(interior) style file – it’s in the detail =-.

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  12. Edward Beaman commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 6:18pm

    My favourite is the egg chair, it looks good as well as wonderfully comfortable.
    .-= Edward Beaman´s last blog ..The Athena Scroll Book Table-cum-Stylish Coffee Table =-.

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  13. Kim commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 6:28pm

    Love the white one! It looks so comfy! =)
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..What I Would Wear…If I Were Playing Tennis At A Posh New England Country Club =-.

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  14. kristina commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 6:50pm

    wow! those chairs are simply marvelous!

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  15. Jennifer commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 7:35pm

    I love the white one, such a modern shape but traditional because of the knit!


    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Modern Nature: Wood and Stainless Jewelry by Imooi =-.

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  16. Uncle Beefy commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 7:39pm

    These look comfy, cozy… and warm. Which wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that we’re sitting in 100+F right now and it’s a bit hard to swallow the idea of being “warm & cozy”. Bookmarking this one for Fall! ;)

    LOVE that creamy cable knit number!
    .-= Uncle Beefy´s last blog ..By The Book =-.

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  17. simplygrove commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 7:54pm

    How cozy and wonderful!!!!!!
    .-= simplygrove´s last blog ..Giveaway….. =-.

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  18. Gabreial commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 7:59pm

    Wow, these are so beautiful. I love the coziness that they bring to the rooms.
    .-= Gabreial´s last blog ..Through the Lens: A Brief Moment to Inhale =-.

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  19. Laura Gaskill commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 8:20pm

    Those are gorgeous! I just love those yummy knits, and the grey chair is so cute. How awesome would it be to have her make a custom knitted slipcover that you could button onto your favorite chair in the fall?
    .-= Laura Gaskill´s last blog ..Daily Mood: Cool Blues & White =-.

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  20. maria commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 8:45pm

    The pale blue cable knit chair is stunning. These would be so lovely for A/W!
    .-= maria´s last blog ..What They Wore Today: 07.29.09- J.Crew is Hard to Resist =-.

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  21. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 9:20pm

    Oh man….a knitted chair, lovingly restored? Yes, me me me! :)

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  22. viv commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 9:47pm

    Absolutely gorgeous and so original, I would love to have one in my home, just to make it a bit cozier.
    .-= viv´s last blog ..You Deserve a Star =-.

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  23. Patrizia commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 10:24pm

    Those are amazing!!
    .-= Patrizia´s last blog ..B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful =-.

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  24. pretty*pink*rat commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 10:43pm

    Yes, please!! LOOOOVVVEEE the cream one! So adorable!
    .-= pretty*pink*rat´s last blog ..Vintage Palmolive Ad =-.

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  25. Afi commented
    July 29th, 2009 at 11:12pm

    Creativity has no limits!! Amazing furniture, so cozy! I guess those are cats’ heaven! :)
    .-= Afi´s last blog ..Illustration Friday: Idle . Little sleeping owl =-.

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  26. erry commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 2:15am

    Wow! They look really cozy, LOVE the white one!
    .-= erry´s last blog ..Turkosa loppisfynd =-.

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  27. tracy nors commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 2:19am

    Original and quirky, really great to see Holly.

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  28. Lyndsay commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 4:51am

    oh wow, cozy and beautiful!
    .-= Lyndsay´s last blog ..Pretty Tools of the Trade: Floral Tape Measure =-.

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  29. Laura commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 5:19am

    oh i totally loooove these chairs. i’m also wondering who is gonna be the first to give this a DIY go. could be an interesting repurpose-old-sweaters project….
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Head Art! (…and pssst free shipping…) =-.

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  30. Six Different Ways commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 7:13am

    Wow love love love these! Late fall is my favorite time of year and I’d like to have all of these to spend it in. Wonderful :)
    .-= Six Different Ways´s last blog ..Streeetch =-.

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  31. Jess @ The Finer Things commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 7:35am

    These are so nifty! By the way– I saw that Ideal Home magazine mentioned Decor8 in it’s top 5 interior design blogs– how wonderful!! Congrats!!
    .-= Jess @ The Finer Things´s last blog ..Back to School Party by Poca Cosas =-.

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  32. melissa commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:02am

    Simply amazing! My favorite is the green & grey chair. So classic but with a little bit of a twist.
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..Chocolate Party Favors =-.

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  33. visualingual commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:34am

    These chairs looks absolutely amazing! I especially love the pale grey in the upper left corner. Swoon!
    .-= visualingual´s last blog ..Over-the-Rhine Building Footprint Print =-.

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  34. Sarah commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 9:34am

    These look so incredibly cozy. Great find Holly! They’re so unique and unlike anything I’ve seen elsewhere!

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  35. The Bella Girls commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 10:28am


    These chairs make me think of rainy days, cozy blankets and a good read. I love it!

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  36. nicelle commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 11:31am

    WOW…Are you kidding me? These are ridiculously AMAZING.

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  37. Katrina commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 3:54pm

    These chairs are truly fabulous! I think I have idea now for my office chair. Thanks!

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  38. tiff commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:30pm

    oh, these are absolutely amazing! i can see myself curling up in a knit chair with a book and a cup of tea. lovely!
    .-= tiff´s last blog ..i need your help! =-.

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  39. Shell commented
    July 30th, 2009 at 10:04pm

    I am in love with these chairs. I love to have my own where I can sit, dream, write and learn lines. Simply fab.
    .-= Shell´s last blog ..Thursday! =-.

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  40. emma lamb commented
    August 10th, 2009 at 2:57am

    oh yes please… one in evey room would be perfect!!!
    .-= emma lamb´s last blog ..happy desk thursday… =-.

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  41. Joujou commented
    September 21st, 2009 at 3:38pm

    Wow, what amazingly cozy and smart looking chairs! The perfect indulgence to cope with the end of summer blues….

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