We met while studying modern and traditional upholstery at London Metropolitan University (formerly the London College of Furniture), and found that we share a passion for nurturing damaged and neglected furniture and bringing it back to life. We have both won prizes awarded by the industry livery company, The Worshipful Company of Upholders’ for our upholstery work and have completed the AMUSF Stage 3 Diploma.
After a 20 year career in graphic design I decided to take what I expected to be a short career break and act upon a long held desire to learn the art of upholstery. I began studying at London Metropolitan University and was immediately hooked. I studied there for 4 years during which time I was awarded the Worshipful Company of Upholders’ first prize for upholstery and received a Credit for the AMUSF Stage 3 Diploma.
I enjoy taking an ailing unloved chair and turning it into a thing of beauty to be cherished, and more importantly, used, for years to come.
After a 25 year career working as an accountant, I realised there was more to life than counting someone else’s money. I started doing a 1 day a week adult education class in upholstery in Hampshire and very soon discovered I had found my true calling in life,
I completely fell in love with working with my hands, and seeing a chair transformed.
I studied for 5 years at the London Metropolitan University and won prizes two years running for my upholstery projects, awarded by The Worshipful Company of Upholders’. Additionally I achieved a Distinction in the AMUSF Stage 3 Diploma.
I love buying old chairs and transforming them into beautiful pieces of furniture. I also love to see the look of pleasure on the faces of my clients when they see the finished result of a chair or stool that I have re-upholstered for them.