Hannah Stanton, upholstery, furniture, second sitters, London upholstery,

Hannah Stanton is a designer, award winning upholsterer and author. Much of her work incorporates elements of memory and place alongside carefully considered material combinations. Her early upholstered pieces concealed engraved boxes containing salvaged fabric & mementos – time capsules for future custodians. Reclaimed materials and objects found in her work often contrast with high end materials and modern production techniques. Travel is a constant inspiration, her carefully curated records often inspiring new collections.

Having studied at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, Hannah forged a successful design career before retraining as an upholsterer. Following a series of well documented commissions, she was approached to write a book on the subject. This lead to Second Sitters, a series of co-curated exhibitions borne out her desire to question the very nature of upholstery and its position within the worlds of art, design and craft. Personal works including the Show Pony reflected this development, turning traditional notions of upholstery on their head. Her commissions, such as that for the offices of Hailo in Somerset House, have expanded to include the spaces within which her pieces sit.

Whilst continuing to complete furniture and interior commissions, Hannah is currently putting some of her own designs into production. Utilising modern techniques alongside the traditional, Hannah builds on her deep knowledge of craft and design to produce elegant and unique pieces. Her recent collection of tables feature laser cut metal frames supporting timber reclaimed from a local historical building.