Cutting the Mustard: A Mid 20th-Century Sofa Makeover

Cutting the Mustard: A Mid 20th-Century Sofa Makeover

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Oct 15, 2017
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Before: Completion of this Mid-Century sofa bed in brought it’s own pleasures and heartbreaks: Producing the cover buttons broke my button pressing machine! Plus removal of the original seat/ daybed fillings revealed hair infested with a particularly vicious dust mite (they bite!) After: Many thanks to @rowenamurphyupholstery for her assistance, Master Upholsterer @sjfranklin69 for giving me […]

Frieze London 2017
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Frieze London 2017

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Oct 7, 2017
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A wonderful last-minute invitation last Sunday from 3 super-talented friends (L to R: Fantastic Film-Maker/ Editor Ana Godinho Matos, and multi-talented, multi-disciplinary fine, scultuptural and performance Artists Simon Levy & Rita Jones) to spend Sunday afternoon chatting, wandering through exhibits and discussing the current contemporary/modern art scene at this years Frieze Art fair in Regent’s […]

To Be Frank, I think Josef is amazing..

To Be Frank, I think Josef is amazing..

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Jun 29, 2017
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Before: Two sets of  four mid 20th century modern dining room chairs were given a smart refurbishment once they arrived at my studio. From the look of the show wood they had experienced some water damage and the fillings had completely disintegrated beyond the point from which they could be re-used.   After: A bit of […]

Money For Nothing: Ray & Jay Moving, Making & upcycling ..

Money For Nothing: Ray & Jay Moving, Making & upcycling ..

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Jun 21, 2017
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  For any upholsterers and soft furnishers moving their studio to a new site, I feel for you. In my experience the process can be stressful, never-ending and exhausting! My Thanks to Anna F and Rowena Murphy for helping me with some logistics ( and some very heavy lifting!). Imagine you have barely loaded in […]

A Traditional Transformation …

A Traditional Transformation …

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Jun 18, 2017
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Before: I absolutely love transforming antique furniture with clever colourful combinations of modern fabrics and colours. The process becomes all the more enjoyable when I get to employ traditional upholstery techniques, as was the case with these two antique cane-backed pieces of furniture on behalf of Nicola Holden Interiors, who had a client based in […]

Afrotechnicolour Ottoman footstools

Afrotechnicolour Ottoman footstools

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Jun 12, 2017
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I’ve been making these ottoman stools for a while now since my first foray into creating patchwork furniture. I was super pleased that these pair were snapped up on Etsy. After fitting different base cloth panels and sourcing new hairpin legs, this pair represented my largest order-to-date, shipping them to New York. My thanks to UPS […]

When George met Ray: A chair for an Old House New Home.

When George met Ray: A chair for an Old House New Home.

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Jun 11, 2017
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Before: In May 2016 , after completing the first 2 shows for the BBCTV show “Money for Nothing”, something wonderful happened: I was approached by another production company to produce work on a project for a Channel 4 TV show : George Clarke’s ” Old House New Home.” The Chair I was asked to re-upholster […]

A splash of colour to chase away those winter blues..

A splash of colour to chase away those winter blues..

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Dec 29, 2016
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After: A parting shot of this winged Parker Knoll-style armchair, completely re-upholstered using modern techniques and materials, is now hopefully brightening the cold dark and grey winter months at a lovely home in Ealing, West London. Covered in #SvensktTenn #Joseffrank #Teheran   Before: Every genuine Parker Knoll I have ever worked on carries a manufacturers stamp on the frame […]

Money for Nothing Project 3 “Galactic Octopus”© 2016 Dining room chairs

Money for Nothing Project 3 “Galactic Octopus”© 2016 Dining room chairs

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Dec 24, 2016
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Ladies & Gentleman, may I introduce my second fabric design: “Galactic Octopus”©2016 .(No filter needed!) This design is hopefully featuring in a new series of @monfornothing with the irrepressible @sarahmoorestuff , soon to appear on BBC TV (I’ll let you folks know in good time) Many thanks to @rowenamurphyupholstery, @digetex and @sparrow_tweets, @minx_creative and my dear @jinksy70their amazing input and support. Stay tuned folks as I’ll update […]

A Fully Restored & Rocking Parker Knoll…

A Fully Restored & Rocking Parker Knoll…

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Dec 24, 2016
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Before: There was a time earlier this year when I found myself feeling blocked and overwhelmed  with the amount of projects I had taken on and I needed some help and business advice on how to manage the multiple projects I had taken on . I sought help and advice through The AMUSF (Association of Master […]

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