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Part disciplined craftsman, part warehouser of beautiful things, I've learned that a well upholstered piece of furniture, like a great bag, repays you time and time again

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Lizard skin clutch

If you would like to order one of these clutch bags, I have set up a special link here. Sorry the normal shop page isn’t working..

Price £250, delivery time is 14 days.

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Bohoho chic

“Can you turn my indian tapestry into an ottoman?” Yes I can. Perfect clambering height. Yay!

ottoman tapestry

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Christmas quackers

It was only a matter of time before a duck related chair commission came along, living on the river and all.. but I became extremely fond of this one. Complete re-haul of the frame and replacement of a missing beak were required. Client chose a sweet Emily Bond fabric.

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Glide like Gaultier

The glider market and I were in need of a nursing chair that rocks in between traditional and funky. So I got to work, adapting a button back chair with a modern mechanism. I figured while I might be about to become a housebound milking machine I can still channel a bit of Parisian rebel. The project seemed right for this Gaultier fabric entitled ‘illusion’. Might waddle over to the Barbican next week to see what else the French hipster has up his Breton sleeve.

Gaultier reduced again

New Website!

Hello all,

So 6 months ago I got married, becoming a Sherman, which means it’s time for a new look. Introducing..

AlexSherman.co.uk

Also, apologies for anyone who has had problems with the shopping page on this site, another good reason for the launch.

I’ll be at Boutique de Noel tonight (6-10pm) and tomorrow (10-5pm) with the new clutch range.

Would be great to see you there, Al xxx

BdN

 

Laura Knight at the National Portrait Gallery

Laura Knight, an English Dame, tough as old boots, dab hand with a paint brush, and subject of a current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Catch it before it closes on 13 October. Read my interview with curator of the exhibition, Rosie Broadley, here.

If you would like to know more, get your skates on to the NPG next weekend, as Rosie will be in conversation with Hattie Morahan, the actress who played Laura Knight in this year’s film, Summer in February, out on DVD next week. Last tickets available here ..

Laura Knight, Self-Portrait, sensibly keeping her kit on. 

Bespoke, family style

Sometimes you get a commission for the type of home you just LOVE: Great use of colour, materials, brilliant arty owners, everyone making decisions together in the middle of homework/dinner cooking/saxophone practice. This family love leather nearly as much as I do. Their staircase is very cool, I covet it (understated but stunning tan leather just subtley letting you know they know their shit). And luckily they came to me when they wanted cushioned leather tops for some bespoke cabinetry in the kitchen. No pressure.

We went with some lovely red goatskin. Everyone was happy. Phew.

 

 

Model Skin

It all got a bit Patrick Lichfield and Marsha Hunt here last week, when photographer Nick Tucker had free reign of the flat for a fashion shoot. 

 

Nick shot my wedding, documentary style, earlier this year, so when he got back in touch to say he really rather liked the high ceilings and light, and could he come back with a six foot black model, I of course said yes, keen to know what was he up to.

It had been a while since I’d hung around a shoot without a proper role (last time was with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts in New York, but that’s a whole different story) and I’m not very good at it. I didn’t spend four years loading film in the dark and crafting meticulous labels for camera truck contents to stand around doing nothing when a shoot happens in my own sitting room.

Turns out, I’m also somewhat of a prude, so when Issy Love, our afro sporting goddess model and muse, started dispensing with more and more of her clothes, I donned my art director hat and started pulling out pieces of upholstery and bag leather from my stock and wrapping her back up, Flintstone style.

Nick didn’t seem to mind and even sportingly suggested I add my latest handbag design in a few shots, which Issy modelled delectably.

And if you like the bag… stay tuned for my workshop this autumn at Homemade London, where I’ll be showing you how to make it. It’s a 1 day course in which you’ll learn pattern cutting skills and make your own bag from limited edition high lux leathers, complete with solid brass hardware. Sunday 27th October 2013…booking opens soon.

Issy and my Queen Anne armchair – sometimes when you put two things together…

 

Royal College of Art

Proud to see my chair exhibited in the textiles section of the Royal College of Art Summer Graduate Show 2013 last week. Having approached MA student Mandeep Mann to see if she was interested in seeing her fabrics on one of my chairs, I was thrilled when Mandeep took the step of asking to include the chair in her MA Textiles show collection.

 

If Galaxy came in chair form

Just finished these puppies and dropped them off.  They’ve gone to a couple of friends who recently bought a beautiful family home and asked if I could help find a pair of french, art deco chairs which could be reupholstered in a classic chocolate brown leather. It took a while but by keeping an eye out we eventually found these two and decided they had a lot of potential. Interesting little feet. We chose a really luxurious soft leather with a slightly antiqued finish.  If you’d like help sourcing a piece for renovation in a particular style, drop me an email

One last reminder of my kind of honeymoon

Lying by the pool dissecting how the wedding went gets a bit churlish after a while, there’s nothing you’d change because somehow it all worked out, so what’s next? A bit of afternoon napping, read a few books, and then.. I discovered the hotel had A SHOE WORKSHOP on site. 

Turns out that whilst in Rome, you probably won’t build a road, when in Capri, you can make shoes. Sneaking a look sideways at hubby snoozing on his sunlounger, and then at my new pink purse which didn’t go with any of my shoes, I decided this was a good thing and snuck off.

Here’s what happened..

Enzo, Luigi, you’re my heroes. Thanks for a great day. Now home, I’ve installed one last reminder.

 

In case you want to try..we stayed at the Capri Palace in Anacapri. The workshop is run by Capri Touch. Or if you fancy something a little closer to home, we’ll be launching a shoe workshop shortly at Homemade London. Drop me an email if you’d like to hear more about workshop options.

 

A new perch

So I got married. And lucky husband got some stools. You didn’t think I’d give him something non-furniture related did you?

It’s what married people do isn’t it – perch on stools in the kitchen, eat supper, drink the rest of the wedding wine and enjoy not having to plan a wedding any more?

Big thanks to Adam at Retrouvius for salavaging these from the V&A for me. I spent a few hours sandblasting the legs back down to their bare naked selves, built up the pads and then wrapped some soft squidgy leather round the tops. 

 

hubby clearly loving new stools…

 

and before… 

If you have a salavaged find that you think is ripe for re-invention, drop me an email

 

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