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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.

Tradeshows 2016

20 August 2016

Donna Wilson is on tour!

We launch our latest products for Autumn Winter at upcoming trade shows NY Now and Maison & Objet.

Delve into the forest for friendly faces hiding in the wild grass and tall trees, where birds soar high in the sky. Fond childhood memories in the countryside influence our latest curious creatures, cushions and soft blankets. Cheerful woolly accessories for both you and your little ones to wrap up warm for your next adventure plus playful patterned trays and new eco-friendly tableware for entertaining friends.

Here’s where you’ll find us:

NY NOW
Booth #4230
Accent on Design, Hall 3A
Level 3, Jacob Javits Covention Center
655 West 34th Street at Eleventh Ave
New York City 10018
Sunday 21st – Tuesday 23rd August (9am – 6pm)
Wednesday 24th August (9am – 2pm)

For more information click here. You can find us here.

Maison & Objet
Stand #F199 in Now! Design a Vivre, Hall 7
Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte, France
Friday 2nd – Monday 5th September (9.30am to 7pm)
Tuesday 6th September (9.30am to 6pm)

For more information click here. You can find us here.


We’re very excited to show you all the new things!

Talk & Workshop at CCC Gallery in Japan

28 October 2015

The opening weekend at the Center for Creative Communications included a talk and workshop with local fans and students led by Donna.

CCC Gallery’s objectives with the talk and workshop this weekend were to explore Donna’s inspirations behind her magical wonderland and the ways Donna has built her independent brand while maintaining its focus on handmade quality and craftsmanship.

Take a look at some of the snapshots from the weekend’s talk and workshop – what fun!

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Click here for more information about the exhibition and related events.

My Imaginary Wonderland at CCC Gallery in Japan

28 October 2015

This weekend saw the opening of ‘My Imaginary Wonderland,’ the Donna Wilson exhibition with CCC Gallery in Japan!

The installation showcases Donna’s favourite pieces from past and present, and demonstrates the range of Donna’s works in the past few years across several mediums, with an emphasis on her signature woolly pieces.

If you’re in Shizuoka, please stop by and say hello to Donna’s creations, big and small!

The Center for Creative Communications (CCC Gallery)
23rd October – 28th November 2015
4-16 Ote-machi; Aoi-ku, Shizuoka City 420-0857
Tel. 054-205-4750 Fax.054-293-4332
Monday through Saturday, 9:00 – 21:00邵イツ€
http://www.c-c-c.or.jp/en/

Access from Public Transport
It is about a 7 minute walk from JR Shizuoka Station.
It is about a 2 minute walk from Shin-Shizuoka Station.

Click here for more information about the exhibition and related events.

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Snapshots from Donna’s Meet & Greet in Taipei

19 October 2015

This Saturday friends and fans of Donna Wilson had the opportunity to attend a talk and meet Donna at our pop-up shop/exhibition with Woow&Co at Eslite The Living Project. Here are some snapshots from the event!

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And if you’re in Taipei, it’s not too late the check out it out!

Woow&Co. x Donna Wilson
1 September 2015 – 1 November 2015
Eslite 2F Living Project
Xinyi Road, Taipei City, 88th 2F
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
地點:誠品生活松菸店 2F Living Project
地址: 台北市信義區菸廠路88號2F

All images by Woow&Co.
Click here to see the entire album.

Meet Donna in Taipei!

16 October 2015

Tomorrow’s the big day!

If you’re in Taipei, you’re invited to Donna’s Meet & Greet at our pop-up shop/exhibition with Woow&Co at Eslite The Living Project. Donna will be there tomorrow from 2-4pm meeting fans and signing autographs, and is looking forward to meeting you. Come on by and say hello!

Woow&Co. x Donna Wilson
Exhibition Duration: 1 September 2015 – 1 November 2015
Meet & Greet: 17 October 2015 (2-4pm)
Eslite 2F Living Project
Xinyi Road, Taipei City, 88th 2F
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
地點:誠品生活松菸店 2F Living Project
地址: 台北市信義區菸廠路88號2F

For more information to the event and to rsvp please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/137056883313654/.

Top image credit @woowco