Designer Tortie Hoare studied a BA Hons in Furniture design and craftmanship at Bucks New University, Buckinghamshire. She’s making a huge name for herself with her very successful Leatherwork Furniture Collection. The Butterfly Chair is her most popular piece, with crowds of people admiring it at this years Birmingham Interiors Show.
She created the chair through boiling leather (a medieval process) which enabled her to create 3D shapes and it’s also environmentally conscious, rather than using materials like plastic or resin. The leather is beautifully soft and comfortable and the colourful print ads depth and character to this handmade piece. I just can’t take my eyes off it!
In 2010 Tortie won one of the most prestigious prizes for a new designer, the BDC New Designer of the Year award. She aims to create ergonomic, durable and aesthetically pleasing furniture. You must check out her whole range its astounding.
SQUINT at that!
Statement furniture design firm Squint, has taken my breath away with its array of brightly coloured pieces and classical charm. Squint celebrates the finest of historical English design and has launched their heritage range exclusively in Harrods. The fabrics used are woven English damasks and shot silver and gold satins with Swarovski rose crystal and pearl detailing. Each piece is bespoke and accentuates brilliant craftsmanship and the colour of love.
They also have a delightful accessories range with the same energetic vibrance, this includes mirrors and lighting wrapped in Japanese kimono silk. Squint does make to order and each settee is created in a traditional way here in England. Each item is priced individually and settee prices start from around £4000. You can also take your pick from the range of stools, chairs and chaises if you like!
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