A stitch in time
Woolly garments are turning furniture into cuddly cocoons, and just one piece would be enough to demonstrate your superior style credentials.
“I’ve always been inspired by knitting techniques and you can experiment so well with colour and pattern in wool,” says designer Melanie Porter, whose knitted collection includes chairs, tables, lampshades and cushions, starting from £75.
A former fashion designerturned-interior designer, she sources furniture from junk shops and antique markets, strips pieces down to their original frame and then gets knitting. Woolly winners: Snuggle into Porter’s Bob Chair, from £2,000, which is a restored 1960s’ Egg chair wearing a cream, chunky buttoned cover. Or fly the flag with her Albert Vintage Armchair, in a red and blue cabled Union Jack design, from £2,500.
A Jumper Chair, £1,900, by designer Bertjan Pot, is slinky with a figure-hugging wool cover showing off its curves. It comes in a variety of colours, available from Established & Sons. cashmere, wool and especially cable-knit patterns featuring in all areas of soft furnishings for the home,” confirms Kate Mooney, founder of Occa-Home. Woolly winners: The White Company has sheepskin rugs, and cushions and throws galore. Grey Berwick cable-knit throw, £250.
John Lewis’s Vita throw, £80, and matching cushion, £25, comes in a creamy porridge colour, while Marks & Spencer favours dark mocha for a knit throw, £45, and cushion, £25.
Laura Ashley’s Coniston blankets, £75 each, are in soft, feminine pastels, and Dunelm Mill wins on price with a cableknit buttoned cushion, £12.99.