Melanie Porter: Knit Chairs

July 29, 2009

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: Knit Chairs

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)


  • Reply mandie July 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Those are amazing! I’d love one!

  • Reply Shannon July 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    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.

  • Reply Amy July 29, 2009 at 5:33 pm

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

  • Reply jennifer July 29, 2009 at 5:33 pm

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

  • Reply Fallon July 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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

  • Reply Mallory July 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Olivia July 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm

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

  • Reply Kim Wallace July 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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

  • Reply Shanon July 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Olivia July 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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

  • Reply Amanda July 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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

  • Reply Edward Beaman July 29, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Kim July 29, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply kristina July 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    wow! those chairs are simply marvelous!

  • Reply Jennifer July 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Uncle Beefy July 29, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply simplygrove July 29, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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

  • Reply Gabreial July 29, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Laura Gaskill July 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply maria July 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente July 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

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

  • Reply viv July 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    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 =-.

  • Reply Patrizia July 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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

  • Reply pretty*pink*rat July 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

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

  • Reply Afi July 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm

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

  • Reply erry July 30, 2009 at 2:15 am

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

  • Reply tracy nors July 30, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Original and quirky, really great to see Holly.

  • Reply Lyndsay July 30, 2009 at 4:51 am

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

  • Reply Laura July 30, 2009 at 5:19 am

    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…) =-.

  • Reply Six Different Ways July 30, 2009 at 7:13 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply Jess @ The Finer Things July 30, 2009 at 7:35 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply melissa July 30, 2009 at 8:02 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply visualingual July 30, 2009 at 8:34 am

    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 =-.

  • Reply Sarah July 30, 2009 at 9:34 am

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

  • Reply The Bella Girls July 30, 2009 at 10:28 am


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

  • Reply nicelle July 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

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

  • Reply Katrina July 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

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

  • Reply tiff July 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    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! =-.

  • Reply Shell July 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    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! =-.

  • Reply emma lamb August 10, 2009 at 2:57 am

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

  • Reply Joujou September 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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

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