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Donna Wilson AW17 Sneak Peek!

15 August 2017

AW17 Homeware & Accessories

We’re launching our AW17 Homeware & Accessories collection in the US at NY NOW this weekend, then in Paris at Maison & Objet in September. If you’re a Donna Wilson stockist – or would like to be! – email jess@donnawilson.com to make an appointment at either show or for more info.

Foraging for inspiration on the forest floor, Autumn is abundant in the new collection. Our signature knitted cushions take the shape of leaves and acorns – as well as a giant log bolster! We have bundles of blankets to keep you cosy, and our ‘creature’ gang continues to grow as we welcome new knitted creatures Barry Bear, Bonny & Bone, Fee & Fish and Monty & Mouse.

New for AW17

We’ve branched out further than ever for our Autumn Winter collection, and we’re super excited to launch our Bed and Bath collection.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll be launching online very soon…

Donna Wilson AW17 Bed & Bath Collection - Single Tree Bed Set Yellow

 

Donna Wilson AW17 Homeware & Accessories - Cushions

 

 

New Donna Wilson designs at Land of Nod

8 July 2017

This week we unveil more new things we designed in collaboration with The Land of Nod. This new range of baby bedding is now up on their website for all to purchase.

I’m so in love with all the designs we made for them, they’re all 100% organic cotton. My favourite is this reversible Night and Day baby quilt. On side there is a sun, on the back is a moon!

There is a matching bed sheet set for toddlers and even a baby changing mat. This Forest Friends bed looks so cosy… I’m ready to dive right in. Sweet dreams.


 

The good news is they can ship to the UK! Happy shopping everyone.

Visit The Land of Nod website for more Donna Wilson collaboration designs. There still a chance to grab some Christmas treats that we designed last year, read our blog post here.

 

Happy Living: The Japanese House at The Barbican

8 June 2017

All year round, the Barbican Centre hosts a diverse range of exhibitions within the fields of contemporary art, design, fashion and architecture. When I used to live in the Golden Lane estate I could easily pop over and be truly inspired by what was currently on display. Now I have 2 little boys and live further East, it’s a bit tricky to get the time to go as regularly. I managed to find some time to see The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 last month and it really did not disappoint.

When you arrive, the exhibition starts on the mezzanine which gives you a terrific bird’s eye view of the installation-scale models by some of Japan’s most iconic architects. My favourite was the fantastic wooden teahouse by Terunobu Fujimori that sits in a minimal garden of grassy mounds. You can climb inside, take a seat and people watch through the massive porthole window (pic above, right). I thought it would make the best tree house in my back garden  (you may have read my Tree House inspiration post earlier last month here) The shape of this tree carving (pic above, left) reminds me of my Giant House Cushion.

japanese house barbican

japanese house barbican

I loved the styling of the Moriyama House model (by SANAA’s Ryue Nishizawa, pic above right) which is a combination of 10 stark white-painted prefab units including fully -furnished rooms. In Tokyo, this is a real building which that is co-habited by Yasuo Moriyama and a community of  5 other tenants. The maze-like structure and gardens have such an unusual warmth when you walk through and you discover personal possessions in every corner. From piles of books, vinyl records, functional kitchen utensils and ambient lighting. When can I move in?

I also want to highlight Hideyuki Nakayama‘s series of childlike sketches (see pic above). All his buildings designs use these drawings as a starting point.  It’s the same approach I take when inventing new knitted creatures.  I think about the way that children draw things and how uninhibited it can be. Like drawing a cat with ten legs and three eyes or a bird with an exaggerated big head.

The exhibition is on until the 25th June. I hope you have time to visit and enjoy it as much I did! Make sure you visit The Conservatory too. It’s a bit of a hidden gem.

MYO Launch Party

30 May 2017

I hope everyone had great bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the glorious sunshine. On Saturday we hosted the launch party for my new magazine MYO. Wow! What a great turn out. Lots of creative minds (little and large) attended our afternoon of creativity at Protein Studios in Shoreditch, London.

I can’t wait to share pics of everyone’s handmade masks, badges, animal cupcakes, necklaces and selfies with our knitted creatures. If you were at our launch party, join our competition. Please share your pics using hashtag #myocreate and our favourite pic will receive a prize of £100 gift voucher to spend at www.donnawilson.com

We’ll be sharing our own pics of the day over the next couple of days. We’ll have coverage of the creative workshops and of course, the brilliant puppet show “Goose The Bear”.

MYO Launch Party Audience Trees

MYO Launch Party Audience

Read all about it at the MYO Newsstand.

MYO Launch Party Audience

MYO Launch Party Donna Wilson

Thank you to everyone that attended this fantastic afternoon of creativity. I hope you feel inspired to get making!

Also, thank you to our sponsors Hey! Yum, Noodoll, Pip Organic, Rebel Kitchen. A very special thanks to Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, BKD, The Amazing Art Cart, Rosy Nicholas, Line Us, Protein Studios, Gareth Hacker and the Donna Wilson / MYO team for all your hard work and making this spectacular event such a wonderful afternoon.

Photo credit: Gareth Hacker.

Celebrating Creativity: Zetteler’s Q&A with Donna Wilson

19 May 2017

The studio has been buzzing this week, sending out the first copies of MYO Volume 1. Have you received your copy yet? Let us know what you think!

I took some time out to have a tea and a chat with Zetteler. Read my interview all about the idea my new bi-annual publication MYO and some other projects in the pipeline. Here’s the link.

We’ve also been preparing for the fantastic launch party of MYO (“Make Your Own”). The event is next Saturday and tickets have already sold out. We have the fantastic Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana/ Ljubljana Puppet Theatre coming to make their UK debut of Goose The Bear. We’ve also invited some of our friends to do some super fun making workshops.

 

MYO Magazine – Out Now!

10 May 2017

Hot off the press . . . MYO Magazine is out now.

Our first batch of MYO magazines are finally ready to ship. Subscribe now to receive 2 issues a year to your door. We ship worldwide!