Mimi Chair, KLC Competition Highlights

George Smith has a long-standing relationship with KLC School of Design. We regularly perform upholstery demos and talks for their students on traditional upholstery techniques and the process of making furniture. KLC was established in 1982 by Principal Jenny Gibbs and was founded on the three core values of innovation, creativity and integrity. The school specifically aims to meet the need for industry-relevant training, and this spirit of innovation has thoroughly instilled itself into all course developments.

The competition

This year, for the first time, George Smith has collaborated with KLC School of Design to create a competition with their diploma course students. The competition required the students to design an upholstered chair that could become part of one of the George Smith current collections and introduced to a global market. The chair should adhere to George Smith's ethos - luxurious, imaginative, quality materials, attention to detail, versatile, practical and, above all, comfortable. The four finalists then pitched their project live to expert interior designers Suzy Hoodless, Juliette and Natalie from Stephenson & Wright, and Living Etc editor Suzanne Imre at George Smith’s London showroom.


At 24 years old, Mimi Pearce's inspiration for many of her designs stems from her upbringing, as creativity was always encouraged in her household. She is particularly interested in natural and organic forms, while also being influenced by the 60’s era with a contemporary twist. Mimi’s design especially impressed the judging panel; it was modern with great shape and versatility.

We worked with Mimi to refine her concept to create a wood framed design and proportions that would work for any room; this took about 12 weeks. George Smith has a team of product development engineers who can take a sketch and bring it to life; about 50% of our work is bespoke for trade and retail clients who have a specific style or need a sofa in particular dimensions.

Product information

The components of the Mimi chair are crafted from tulipwood, with the chair frame hand-jointed and dowelled for extra strength. It is created with turned ash legs, uniquely finished with a bespoke choice of wood stain and fabric. Heavy steel coiled springs are tied into wide bands of interwoven jute webbing across the seat, providing balanced weight distribution and maximum comfort. The retail cost of the Mimi Chair is £3,840 including VAT, plus five meters of fabric of your choice. The model is shown above in a bold yellow George Smith mohair velvet.