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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.

Donna Wilson + SCP at Milan Furniture Fair 2015

1 April 2015

Happy Birthday SCP!  To celebrate their 30th anniversary, SCP will be hold an exhibition in Milan over the Salone Internazionale del Mobile / Milan Design Week. 

Entitled ‘The Arrangement of Furniture in a Room,’ the exhibition will include a range of SCP prototypes, originals, re-issues, new products, and some of the most coveted pieces from their archive. The exhibition will also be the first opportunity to preview products in the new SCP Classics collection.

Included in the exhibition are several pieces by Donna Wilson: 
The Bertha armchair, the Blocks and Peaks baskets, the Ernest pouffe, Nos Da textiles, the Fort tray, and the Braid Kilim and Aravali quilts and throws. 

Ernest pouffe by Donna Wilson 2009Ernest pouffe by Donna Wilson, 2009

Nos Da textiles by Donna Wilson 2009Nos Da textiles by Donna Wilson, 2009

Bertha armchair by Donna Wilson 2012Bertha armchair by Donna Wilson, 2012

Blocks and Peaks baskets by Donna Wilson 2013Blocks and Peaks baskets by Donna Wilson, 2013

If you’ll be in Milan for design week, below are details to visit the show!

Location:
Via Carlo Tenca 7, Milano
Click here to view in GoogleMaps.

Dates & Times
14 – 19 April 2015
10.00am – 8.00pm Daily
10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 19 April

Press Preview:
14 April, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Opening Drinks:
14 April, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

How to get there
Metro – Repubblica, Centrale F or Lima
Tram – 1, 5, 9, 33

The exhibition will also include designs by:
Alex Hellum, Andrea Stemmer, Andrew Stafford, Bec Brittain, Farrow Design, Faudet-Harrison, Ineke Hans, Fort Standard, James Irvine, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Lee Kirkbride, Lucy Kurrein, Mark McGinnis, Matthew Hilton, Michael Marriott, PearsonLloyd, Peter Marigold, Rachel Whiteread, Reiko Kaneko, Richard Wentworth, Sarah Kay, and Terence Woodgate.

Click here to read more about the exhibition. 

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And if you won’t make it to Milan, this exhibition will be moving to the Design Museum in London, opening 24th May!

The Arrangement of Furniture in a Museum
Design Museum
Shad Thames
London
SE1 2YD

Dates
24 May – 6 June
10am – 5:45pm Daily

Click here and here for more information.

Milan Furniture fair 2014- looking through my textile eyes

10 April 2014

Donna Wilson at the Milan Furniture Fair 2014

4 April 2014
Hello everyone,
I’d like to share with you two collaborations I worked on this year for the Milan Furniture Fair, which starts next week! It is a very exciting time for all in the design industry and I’m very proud to have been able to work again with two UK based manufacturers that I admire very much for their beautiful work as well as for commitment to UK production: SCP and Ercol.
First, the pieces I worked on with SCP are the Martha Bench and Arthur Occasional Table:
Martha and Arthur are good companions. Both with 4 turned legs, the stool is upholstered in our welsh blanket fabric (from the Field Daycollection) which gives the two a cosy homespun feel. The design is loosely based on a traditional milking stool, and uses the traditional peg method of construction.
Martha and Arthur will be available for viewing at the below location – don’t forget to stop by at 4 for an afternoon tipple!
With Ercol I have made a very special version of their Original Studio Couch
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The Ercol Studio Couch has been covered in a bespoke knitted fabric which was inspired by a Finnish wall hanging I found. To make the couch even more special its arms have been wrapped with thousands of strands of wool creating an eye catching gradient effect and tactile feel.
It’s so nice to do these one-off pieces for a UK based company that still sells so many of them, and of course an honour to work with a company that has such a long heritage in UK furniture design – Ercol was founded in 1920!
The Donna Wilson + Ercol Studio Couch will be available for viewing here:

Food of the Fair

29 April 2012
We managed to eat our way round Milan furniture fair! here are a few snaps for you…..

 This was at Eindhoven Design Academy show- the biggest sandwiches ever!

 A white crock with green peas in it’s mount

 Another Dutch place- an amazing trailer making pancakes.

 Food served on cardboard plates.

 bowl of seafood sealed in with pizza dough.

 fresh strawberries and a visit to the market…

We will be showing at MOST in Milan

15 April 2012

Yes, its Milan Furniture Fair again, and this year I will be launching my new range of wooden furniture and knitted pouffes, rugs and throws with SCP at Most, an event organised by Tom Dixon in the city’s Science museum.

SCP will have two of their upholsterers on their stand who will be making an arm chair for spectators to watch! To find out more information about the event,  click here

Hope to see you there!