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Exclusive Collection for the Fogo Island Inn

18 November 2015

You may remember, a few years ago Donna was asked to be part of the design team led by Ilse Crawford working on the interiors of the Fogo Island Inn on Fogo, a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

The island had around 2,000 inhabitants, and the population was dwindling. An amazing woman called Zita Cobb was born there, and after a successful career in Canada, she had decided to set up a foundation to create employment and to try to give local young people a reason to stay. She decided to create the Inn and everything from the building work to the materials, right down to the sheets on the beds had to be sourced and made on the island with the skills they had.

The Fogo Island Inn now a multi-award winning property built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture, as well as a social enterprise. All surpluses from the operation are reinvested by Shorefast Foundation for the benefit of the local community. What a great place, don’t you think? And it is just breathtaking. Take a look!

Donna is very proud to have been a part of this amazing project. Donna collaborated with the Winds and Waves Artisans Guild to create quilted cushion covers where the shingle outlines are the stitching patterns for the 100% lambswool covered cushions. Pictured below are the Bertha Chair and Pouffe in a guest room.

More recently, the Fogo Island Shop commissioned Donna to create a collection of three whimsical scarves and a luxurious limited-edition blanket. The scarves and blanket feature the now iconic shingle motif designed by Donna in 2011.

The shingle motif was inspired by the wooden cladding of the Brett House in the town of Joe Batt’s Arm on Fogo Island. The unique cladding is characterized by the imperfect and slightly wonky angles of hand-carved, repeated geometric shapes.

The scarves are available at the Fogo Island Shop, and on our website. The limited edition blanket is only available at the Fogo Island Shop.

The Fogo Island Shop is an initiative of Shorefast Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to improving the social, cultural and economic conditions on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. All surpluses from the Shop are reinvested by the Foundation for the benefit of the local community.

For more information about the exclusive collection at the Fogo Island Inn, please visit the Fogo Island Shop website or their Facebook page.

Design for the Fogo Island Inn

4 February 2014

A couple of years ago, I was asked to visit the most remote Island called Fogo Island. Off the coast of Newfoundland the island had around 2,000 inhabitants, and the population is dwindling.  An amazing woman called Zita Cobb was born there, and after a successful career in Canada, she had decided to set up a foundation to create employment and to try to give youngsters a reason to stay.  She decided to create an Inn and everything from the building work to the materials, right down to the sheets on the beds had to be sourced and made on the island with the skills they had.  I was lucky enough to be selected by Ilse Crawford to help with the interiors.  The Inn is finished now, and it looks breathtaking!

The most amazing view- The inn sits on the shore and all the rooms over loo the powerful sea.

The Inn was designed by Canadian Architect Todd Saunders, and modern structure echoes the fishing huts which are built on stilts all around the shore.

Here are some shots of the interior- I designed the chair, pouffe and wallpaper above.

The patchwork quilts are made by the islands guild.

Close up of the Bertha chair, which was inspired by the Island’s tradition of boat building. The chair was made by the boat builders, and cushions made by the patchwork guild. http://www.fogoislandinn.ca/fii/a-chair-named-bertha/

 What an amazing place! http://www.fogoislandinn.ca.

The Brett House; I want to live here!

29 August 2011
I was fortunate enough to have a second visit to Fogo Island, just off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.   I’m so inspired when I’m there, it’s so remote and far away from the hustle and bustle of my normal urban surroundings in East London! These are some snaps of the Brett house, which is now a museum, freezing everything in time- it’s so beautiful I’d like to live there now.
 
The kitchen, with the red babies chair and matching sink!

 

 The floors are a patchwork of mad contrasting patterned linoleum ,  I love it!
 
 
 bathroom with the chamber pot in the corner.
 bedroom with a hatch down to the kitchen to let the heat from the stove down below rise up.
 more fantastic linoleum!
 
 and a washing line of dishcloths waving goodbye.
here’s a link to a tiny bit of history about the house.
http://www.fogoisland.net/brett_house.htm

Little House Interiors

23 February 2011
 A selection of interiors from the houses on Fogo Island, I love the scale of them and the painted colour combinations.
 lot of mix and match pattens with different wall papers
 pink and yellow!
 I dream of living by the sea!
 
 
a quick look outside too!
peeping through the window!

Photos from the Far off Island of Fogo

23 February 2011
 After travelling for nearly 24 hours from London to Gander, the ferry opened it’s jaws and we sailed to the little island of Fogo, just off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
 Nina Tolstrup, Me and 1/3 of Ineke Hans
 The island is magical, with lots of tiny houses and boat sheds. The houses are all built out of wood and on stilts so they can be moved!, So when you buy a house, you don’t buy the land it’s on, and you can float your house round the island on the sea! I’d love to see a floating house.
 Pink Fire station
I found my boat!
 Moose and caribou alert! unfortunately we didn’t manage to spot any while we were there.
 The houses are all painted beautifully, and framed by a contrasting colour.
 the little dots on the shed doors are a guide so that if you walk down the ‘stage’ in  straight line you shouldn’t fall in!
 This is one of the most stunning artists studios on the edge of a cliff.
 Punts outside Petes house, which are used for a boat race from Fogo to Chage island every year, there is a fantastic documentary on this called Crankie here’s the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzhNxaab_PQ
 lots of snow, my feet were like ice blocks!
 Children used to (and probably still do) jump along these fragments of frozen ice in the harbours, not sure if I’d be brave enough!
 We even got a ride on a skidoo, that’s how most people get around, as there are only roads around the edge of the island with forrest in the middle.
 
I will post some more interior shots too, as they were so quaint and homely.