Charlotte Kingsnorth is a London based designer Graduated from Buckinghamshire University in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Furniture Design, Charlotte has since exhibited her award winning furniture in shows and galleries internationally. Her famous creations is named Felt Up a chair made of 16 mm  thick industrial felt on a steel frame.

I: Let’s start with your chairs. What inspires you?

I work on concepts which tell a story or narrate specific ideas. I often see furniture as living, as to me every chair has its own personality. I like to bring this out in my work.

I: What void did you fill with your creations that other ergonomic chair designs didn’t?

The ‘Felt Up’ chair is an interactive piece in the sense that it moves with the person sitting in it. There is a sense of the felt sides hugging the occupier as they lean back. This organic movement is in tune with the ergonomic nature of the piece.

I:What are some of the challenges you faced in the realization of your concept?

The drive for originality is always important.


I:Did you find difficult to develop the concept into a commercial product?

Many of my works are edition pieces and not aimed to be commercially produced. My commercial work has taken a little more time to develop with more processes to consider, such as keeping production costs down and sourcing the best manufacturing options.

I: What are the best qualities of your chairs?

Each range has its own quality which can best be experienced by physically seeing and sitting on them.

I:Let’s talk about the material; did you encounter challenges that you didn’t expect?

I have never worked on a project which has not thrown up problems. Material choice is a major factor within the design process and can only be resolved through research and testing.

I:There seem to be a philosophy behind many of your products. What is the message?

To build on the emotional bond between the product and its owner.


I: Do you consider yourself an innovator?Why?

I aim for my work to push boundaries and excepted values. I am constantly seeking original thought patterns within my work.

I: When did you decide to become a designer?

When I was 13 in art class and I was first shown that you can heat acrylic in the oven and reform it into a new shape. All these possibilities burst into my head and I guess they never left.

I: Do you have any advice for student looking to become designer?

Keep focused and tuned in to your intuition…. And work hard!

I:What is the most important skill to have in your job role?

Ideas and drive.


I: What’s next on your agenda?

I am currently studying for my masters at The Royal College of Art, So lots of exciting projects on the go. I will be launching my new website shortly so look out for more details there in the upcoming months.