About Kiki Voltaire
Kiki Voltaire's interior collection fuses vintage furniture, craftsmanship and vibrant fabrics. We re-invent classic furniture and create new handmade pieces to match your taste. British, bespoke and made to last a lifetime.
We specialise in contemporary notice boards, fabric notice boards, bespoke notice boards, upholstered headboards and re-upholstered vintage chairs, all made-to-order in our Brighton studio.
We also offer a personal design service on our collection of headboards and notice boards, working closely with our customers and Interior Designers to offer a bespoke product.
What our customers say
We love the reborn chairs. Your workwomanship is beautiful! And the patterns all line up perfectly - Thank you! Lisa, March 2017
I'm very happy with my noticeboard, which I bought to go with our new pale grey kitchen. It is beautifully made and looks great on our wall. Stephanie provided a very efficient and personal service too, sending me fabric samples to make sure I chose the right colour and arranging delivery at a convenient time. V. Tombleson, March 2017
Hi Stephanie, the Noticeboard has just arrived. It's beautiful - thank you. January 2016
Bespoke Contemporary Notice Board for a London office: “It looks fab! We’ll certainly spread the word about you and be in touch when we need some more. Thanks for a great job.” Kate, BCS Consulting, December 2015
Large Linen Notice Board: “Hi Stephanie, We finally had some time to put the board up, we love it!” - July 2015
1940s French Stool: “This delightful vintage French stool is well made and looks stunning. The combination of sheepskin and denim is spot on. Thanks once again Kiki Voltaire!” - Martha, May 2015
Large Linen Notice Board: “Absolutely stunning board. Easy for children to push pins in. Overall a really fabulous piece." March 2015
Contemporary Notice Board: "Bought for my 16 year old daughter for her bedroom wall - she absolutely loves it." Martha, March 2015
Large Linen Notice Board: "They are fantastic! I've taken photos as they look particularly good with our orange neon lamps." Amy, Hubbard Casting, December 2014
"Just a wee note to say my lovely notice board has arrived safely...its gorgeous and beautifully made. My desk is delighted..." Alison, November 2014
"Notice board is home safe and sound and looks amazing. We are thrilled with it." Robbie, June 2014
Stephanie Leclere, founder & owner
I started my working life running my own advertising business in Paris, before moving to London in 1994. Over the past 20 years I have been scouring antique markets and auction houses in search of salvage to restore and re-invent. In 2006, after moving to Brighton, I followed my passion for interior design and crafts, training as an upholsterer at The Cass, London Metropolitan University. In 2008 I founded Kiki Voltaire. We source French antiques then restore them and we also create new handmade pieces like our made-to-order notice boards.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Since moving to Brighton, being near the sea and the Sussex countryside, my style and choice of fabric has been influenced by nature, walks by the sea, moody skies, spring colours and therefore I choose to work with natural fibres. My favourites are wool and linen – sheepskin in the winter.
What era do you identify to?I always loved the fifties, it's fashion, mid-century design and generally it's creative energy. My grandmother was a seamstress and had a house full of beautiful patterns books that I enjoyed looking at in my childhood. As my interest in interiors grew, I’ve enjoyed discovering the furniture and textile of the era. I love their simple line, structure and functionality. Yet at the same time I do find the bold patterns and colours of the seventies appealing but I am often drawn back to natural fabric with texture when designing my collection.
I like the interior trends of the past few years, which mix and match styles from different eras with no particular rules but to please oneself. What is import to me is for a product to be well crafted using the best materials.
What is the ethos of Kiki Voltaire?
Quality craftsmanship is paramount. Unique pieces of furniture beautifully crafted that are made to last a lifetime. It’s the opposite of buying mass produced products from a big chain. It's a celebration of re-invented vintage finds from the UK and Europe, especially France where I can source some special pieces like my collection of Bridge Chairs.
Kiki Voltaire embraces traditional & modern upholstery, using beautifully made fabric from talented emerging designers as well as British brands such as Bute, Moon and Romo. I strongly believe that it is important to conserve the UK and European textile industry and craftsmanship – "savoir-faire" – alive. All our products are made to order in Kiki Voltaire's Brighton studio.
What is unique about Kiki Voltaire?
We re-invent classic furniture and create new handmade pieces to match your taste. British, bespoke and made to last a lifetime.
I offer a personal design service on my own collection of headboards and notice boards, working closely with my customers to offer them a bespoke product.
I also source antique pieces from France, in particular Bridge chairs, working closely with antique dealers who source special pieces for us. I then re-upholster them in Kiki's Brighton studio and work with my customers to choose an original fabric to match their interior or find something special to dress it up!
What are your plans for 2017?
The last couple of years have been very busy with the Notice Board business bespoke orders and my collection of Contemporary Notice Boards. This year I am refocussing again on Antique Chairs and brought some special finds from France. Some of them will be on show at Dulwich Open House in May 2017.
I would like to work more closely with local Interior Designer whether it's for our bespoke notice board service or offer some of our unique French antique chairs.All our products are available in the shop. For commissions contact: email@example.com or call 07946 618907.