We were delighted recently to discover another business in Chiddingfold focusing on traditional craftsmanship and quality. Chiddingfold is a quintessential, rural village, so it was a lovely surprise to find a kindred spirit nestled in this beautiful backwater....a new haven for design and craftsmanship!
The Upholstery and Furniture Studio is small upholstery business. They have been working from their studio in Chiddingfold for the last four years, but have 38 years experience in upholstery and bespoke furniture design.
They are able to upholster anything including piano stools, chaise longues, large Chesterfield sofas, childrens' chairs and bespoke headboards. They stock a wide range of traditional and modern fabrics.
They work for private clients, interior designers and commercial projects.
Michelle and her colleague Mike are traditionally trained upholsterers and can work on anything from valuable antiques to modern sofas. They also make bespoke furniture, working with clients to design something that meets their requirements, both in terms of style and practicality, from kitchen bench seats, special size sofas and bedroom headboards.
Michelle and Mike joined up in 2012, putting their years of experience together to offer the best you can find in the world of upholstery. Working from their studio in Chiddingfold, they re-upholster old furniture, repairing or restoring when necessary. They can also build new furniture to a specification.
Michelle has a BA (Hons) in antique furniture conservation and restoration. In 2010 she won the prestigious Derek Austin award from The Worshipful Company of Upholders for her work on restoring an 18th century sedan chair. She also has experience in interior design and has an eye for using modern fabrics to bring classic furniture into the 21st century.
Mike served a traditional apprenticeship in antique restoration and hand crafted furniture which included three years at the London College of Furniture. He established his own business in 1987 and has worked with high end interior designers, antique restoration companies, contract and commercial work as well as private clients. After 38 years in the business Mike brings a wealth of experience and knowledge.
As at team they are also able to carry out a repair and restoration service for those wobbly joints, sagging springs and new cushion interiors.