Love what you do

Photo by Manel Ortega

My name is Nicki Tarr. I live in Brighton and I enjoy practising the noble art of upholstery. It’s a wonderful artisan craft that brings together so many elements I love – working with traditional materials and tools, restoring wood and bringing old chairs back to life. I am lucky enough to spend my days using my hands to create things that are both useful and beautiful.



My upholstery training includes four years learning under the expertise of a teacher who is a 4th generation upholsterer. My course was run by The Cass – part of The London Metropolitan University – where they have a long history of training budding upholsterers  to a very high standard. I have a Diploma in Upholstery awarded from the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers.


More Training

Last year, I spent some time developing my traditional skills with the brilliant upholsterer, Derroll Tozer, who has built up an amazing wealth of knowledge over 35 years. Spending my Saturdays working in his busy workshop provided invaluable experience and skills.


  1. Hi
    I have a Victorian high back button back armchair which I would like reupholstered. It’s a lovely chair but the seat is sagging and the current covering is very dated. Very roughly how much would it cost to do this please?
    Many thanks

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