After ten years working as a knitwear designer for a number of international fashion brands, Melanie Porter has turned her expertise to furniture, creating one-off contemporary designs from chairs. Melanie undertakes the entire process herself and everything, from the restoration and upholstering to the felted woollen panels and individual, crocheted buttons, is done by hand.
Melanie Porter Chairs have been featured in The Telegraph, Homes and Gardens, Elle decoration and The Daily Mail.
After finding her boyfriend thumbing through her own knitwear Melanie has recently launched Melanie James Cashmere. 'When I told him to buy his own, he complained that decent, sensibly-priced cashmere that wasn’t designed for old men just didn’t exist.'
Melanie set to work creating a knitwear range that would fulfil their three basic criteria: a narrower, younger silhouette; a high quality product; and an affordable price tag.