Melanie Porter Pop-Up Shop in Seven Dials

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Melanie Porter Pop-Up Shop in Seven Dials
Maggie is a well-loved nursing chair, revived with a modern interpretation of Melanie Porter's signature knitted Union Jack. From £1,400
Maggie is a well-loved nursing chair, revived with a modern interpretation of Melanie Porter's signature knitted Union Jack. From £1,400
Harry is an original 1960s swivel chair on a metal base with wood finish. Covered in a hand-knitted highly textured patchwork design, with contrast colour deep-set crocheted buttons. £1,900
Harry is an original 1960s swivel chair on a metal base with wood finish. Covered in a hand-knitted highly textured patchwork design, with contrast colour deep-set crocheted buttons. £1,900
Maud is a modern version of the classic tub chair with natural wood legs. Covered in a graduated cable knit pattern. £1,500
Maud is a modern version of the classic tub chair with natural wood legs. Covered in a graduated cable knit pattern. £1,500
Ollie and Otis are a colourful pair of classic 1950s school chairs. These children’s chairs have gloss red painted legs and a brightly coloured stripe padded seat. £145
Ollie and Otis are a colourful pair of classic 1950s school chairs. These children’s chairs have gloss red painted legs and a brightly coloured stripe padded seat. £145
Rocky is an Edwardian ladies chair which has been restored and recovered with a highly textured stripe knit seat and an intricate cable knit back. With one deep-set crochet button. £1,400
Rocky is an Edwardian ladies chair which has been restored and recovered with a highly textured stripe knit seat and an intricate cable knit back. With one deep-set crochet button. £1,400
Pip and Pen are a pair of side chairs with varnished wood legs, which can also be used as dining chairs. £1,500
Pip and Pen are a pair of side chairs with varnished wood legs, which can also be used as dining chairs. £1,500

Sometimes, for us mere mortals, London Fashion Week can feel a bit meh. While we love reading tweets about Alexa Chung and Elizabeth Olsen’s exciting LFW exploits, the rest of us are still deskbound, feeling distinctly unglamorous and untouched by all the sparkly LWF fairy dust.

Which is why it's nice when a little piece of LFW spills down into our world. From Thursday this week, you can "pop" into a special pop-up shop in Seven Dials, and get a little bit of that LFW flavour. Melanie Porter is a Central Saint Martin’s College graduate with a bit of a thing for wool, and she’s set up a studio / boutique to show off her wares during LFW on Monmouth Street.

After working as a knitwear designer for 10 years, in 2008 Melanie turned her expertise to furniture. She now lovingly repurposes antique furniture with her signature contemporary designs, knitting new life into old chairs, tables, lamps and more. She uses all traditional techniques, stripping pre-loved items back to basics before restoring and reupholstering with her unique, hand-knitted panels.

Everything, crocheted buttons included, is done by Melanie herself, by hand. Forget Top Shop's latest colour palette, here's something from LFW that shows off a bit of London's true creativity, skill and talent. We reckon it’ll last a bit longer than the catwalk looks being celebrated this week too.

Melanie Porter's Pop-Up Shop is at 38 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H from 23 February until 5 March. The shop's open from 10am til 6pm. Visit melanieporter.co.uk to find out more.

Last Updated 21 February 2012