Upcycled Furniture Becomes Host To Biological Upholstery

Upcycled Furniture Becomes Host To Biological Upholstery

Vintage furniture gets reupholstered to look like its fabric has grown on it.

Ross Brooks
  • 6 may 2013

Charlotte Kingsnorth is an industrial designer who sees furniture as living things and designs pieces to reflect that fact. It’s a belief that stems from her childhood, when she would name each of the trees in her local park based on their personality.

When it comes to her furniture, she first examines each piece to try and figure out what kind of personality or characteristics it might have. After moving onto the initial sketch, she imagines the chair as a skeleton and the upholstery as the flesh which envelops it, something which allows her to maintain the right perspective.


Her latest collection is called Hybreed – which features vintage chairs with upholstering that seems to have grown out of the chairs themselves. It’s clear to see each one has it’s own style – there’s even a pair of chairs that resemble an old married couple.

Charlotte studied Contemporary Furniture and Product Design before going on to study Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London. Despite her industrial background, she aims to inject her artistic vision into everything she designs.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from her designs:

Charlotte Kingsnorth


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