Donna designed a series of bespoke plush knitted characters for Cooper Hewitt in New York. As well as a playful interpretation of Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Donna also created a knitted version of his loyal companion, Laddie, and Carnegie Mansion, the home of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Donna worked with Kazuaki Takashima of Japanese clothing brand Ne-net to produce a limited edition collection of dresses, t-shirts and accessories featuring Donna’s favourite motifs and patterns. The collection was based on the concept of sharing between people – couples, parents and children – and all garments were designed to be unisex so they can be worn by everyone. The accessories included a roomy Mountain Home Backpack and a Rainy Day Umbrella – perfect for our British weather!
Donna Wilson was one of a small team of designers selected and led by internationally acclaimed designer Ilse Crawford to design and furnish a purpose built boutique hotel and gallery complex located on the remote New Foundland Island of Fogo. Building on the legacy of local craft traditions, all the furniture at the Inn is handcrafted using the skills of the local boat builders and guild of quilt makers, working together with an international roster of visiting designers.
For each bedroom, Donna designed an armchair called Bertha with matching ottoman in bespoke knitted print, as well as a range of hand painted wallpapers.
“The Brett House in the town Joe Batt’s Arm served as inspiration for the fabric print on our Bertha Chair. I took inspiration from the hand-cut shingles found on the outside of the building.”
Autumn 2016 sees our third season designing an exclusive childrenswear clothing collection for UK department store John Lewis. All garments are made with 100% organic cotton and only suppliers based in Europe were used to produce the line. Be prepared for circus performers, performing poodles and a bit of magic!
“It’s been great to create an affordable collection of kid’s clothes using our playful motifs and patterns, and I’m especially excited for the llama poncho which will appear in the stores this Autumn!”
Mamas & Papas
The second special edition collection of strollers and baby travel accessories was launched this year in collaboration with the UK’s top nursery brand Mamas and Papas. The new Three Bears design is a monochrome lino-print pattern set against deep grey with accents of forest green. Mamas and Papas’ reputation for quality paired with Donna’s distinctly illustrative style is loved by big bears and little bears alike.
In collaboration with SCP we created a series of distinctive patterned pouffes. Frank, Ernest and Henry pouffes are soft and shapely as occasional seating yet robust enough to roll down hills. The new upholstery fabric Stitch was launched at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016 in Milan. This new knitted design is reminiscent of traditional Swedish folk designs, in a natural muted colour palette of grey, blue and rust.
Previous collaboration work with SCP is also available to buy directly from our website here.
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre hosts puppet shows and drama performances for both young and adult audiences. It was founded in 1948, and since 1984 it permanently resides at in Krekov Square.
Working with award winning director Ivana Djilas, Donna designed the stage interior and all puppets for the classic children’s story ‘Goose The Bear’ by Katja Gehrmann. Everything has been knitted in our London studio whilst collaborating with the Theatre’s skilled team of makers and performers in their spectacular workshop. The show will be on for the next two years in the prestigious Ljubljana Puppet Theatre.
“This was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve worked on. It was fantastic to see ‘Big Ted’ and the other characters come to life through puppetry and so rewarding to see for myself how much the audience loved it, there’s nothing better than children’s laughter!”