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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.

Studio Sample SALE 2016

24 November 2016

Once again, the Donna Wilson studio and workshop opens for the magnificent sample sale!

We’re feeling festive! We’ll have discontinued styles, seconds and one of a kind pieces of cushions, blankets, ceramics, wool hats, scarves, odd objects and so much more on offer. 

Let us know if you are planning to attend. RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Opening Times:

Thursday 1st December 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Friday 2nd December 10.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday 3rd December 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday 4th December  11.00am – 4.00pm

Location:
Donna Wilson Studio
17 Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9QG
We are just a couple minutes walk from the Bethnal Green tube station on the Central line.
Click here to view in GoogleMaps.
For our friends around the globe who will not be in London, we will have an online sample sale at the end of February. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for details closer to the time!

Donna Wilson at LDF 2016

15 September 2016

Hey everyone! LDF week is fast approaching and we wanted to share some of the fantastic events we are involved in.

At SCP East, Donna Wilson will be showcasing alongside designers Piet Hein Eek, Hannah Waldron and Roll & Hill. Donna’s exclusive window installation will interpret symbolic totems into tall towers of colourful knitted pouffes, featuring friendly motifs and animal faces drawn from nature. These will be produced by SCP, upholstered with a special combination of patterns created exclusively for LDF. Each special edition pouffe will be in knitted wool made in Scotland and available to purchase in the store. Come by and grab a great coffee too.

Dates and Location
17-25th September

SCP East
135-139 Curtain Rd
London EC2A 3BX
Click here for map

SCP_LDF event

 

As you may know, Donna is a bit of a cat lover. She was so honoured to be one of ten designers to contribute towards Heal’s centenary celebration. It’s seemed like a purrfect project!

Since the completion of the Heal’s Tottenham Court Road flagship store in 1916, the Heal’s Cat has remained a feature of the famous Cecil Brewer staircase. To celebrate the 100th anniversary Heal’s has teamed up with Orla Kiely, Mia Sarosi, Louise Lockhart, Cressida Bell, Zoe Bradley, Ikuko Iwamoto, Squint Studio, Sunny Todd, Rachel Cave and Donna Wilson to create a series of specially designed cats for The Heal’s Cat Trail.

Visit the store during London Design Week in September and find these felines around the historic building. They will go into a live charity auction in November in aid of the GOSH Kiss It Better appeal.

Heals_Cat

It’s that time of the year again: our annual Sample Sale is here!

13 November 2015

Once a year, we open up the doors of our East London studio and workshop for a sample sale!
You’re invited to our next sample sale taking place 26th – 29th November; please join us for some holiday shopping with winter cocktails, cheery Christmas music, and many a bargain!

Dates & Hours:
Thursday 26th November, 6-8pm
Friday 27th November, 10am-8pm
Saturday 28th November, 10am-6pm
Sunday 29th November, 11am-4pm

Location:
Donna Wilson Studio
17 Pundersons Gardens, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9QG
We are just a couple minutes walk from the Bethnal Green tube station on the Central line.
Click here to view in GoogleMaps.

We will be offering one-of-a-kind samples, discontinued styles, and slight seconds of our much sought after woolly cushions, printed cotton cushions, ceramics, cosy winter hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, mini blankets, and much more! Please note that we will not be offering any stock from our current collection.

Visit our Facebook Event Page for sneak peek photos leading up to the event of what we will offer at the sample sale.

For our friends around the globe who will not be in London, we will have an online sample sale at the end of February. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for details closer to the time!

And please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page or follow us on Facebook if you’d like to be notified of our sample sales nearer the time.

Into the Woods: AW 2015 Womens Knitwear Now Available!

16 September 2015

‘Into the Woods’ is Donna Wilson’s second collection of women’s knitwear, inspired by walks in the forest, thoughts on what it would be like to have a pet llama, and plans for a trip to the Arctic Circle.

The collection is now available online, and will also be available next week at the SNUG, our pop-up shop and installation in the Shoreditch Design Triangle for London Design Festival. Come on by if you’d like to try them on for size!

And be sure to stop by our opening night, 6-8pm on Tuesday 22nd September.
Refreshments will be served, alongside Cyril biscuits by the lovely BKD London.
You can RSVP at our Facebook event page here.

Select products from Donna Wilson’s new autumn/winter collections will be available, along with classic pieces from our signature range.

Location
Donna Wilson’s Snug
Studio 1.1 Gallery
57a Redchurch Street
Shoreditich, London E2 7DJ
View on GoogleMaps.

Dates and Opening Hours
Press Preview: Tuesday 22nd September (12-1pm)
Tuesday 22nd September (4-8pm)
Wednesday 23rd September (12-6pm)
Thursday 24th September (12-6pm)
Friday 25th September (12-6pm)
Saturday 26th September (12-6pm)
Sunday 27th September (12-6pm)

This event is part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. For more information and details about other participants of this event please click here.

Members of the press can rsvp for the press preview by emailing press@donnawilson.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to view the collection online.

Donna Wilson at London Design Festival 2015

1 September 2015

Hello everyone,

This year for London Design Festival, we present a week-long installation and pop-up shop at Studio 1.1 Gallery on Redchurch Street.

The gallery space will be transformed into a woolly, cosy snug– a peaceful and idyllic hideaway for some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of design week. We invite you to sit back and relax on our lambswool-lined walls, have a chat with a friendly Capybara bean bag, take a catnap on a comfy cushion, or roll about in the knitted hills and mountains in the land of Donna Wilson. Come take a woolly break with us!

And be sure to stop by our opening night, 6-8pm on Tuesday 22nd September.
Refreshments will be served, alongside Cyril biscuits by the lovely BKD London.
You can RSVP at our Facebook event page here.

Select products from Donna Wilson’s new autumn/winter collections will be available, along with classic pieces from our signature range.

Location
Donna Wilson’s Snug
Studio 1.1 Gallery
57a Redchurch Street
Shoreditich, London E2 7DJ
View on GoogleMaps.

Dates and Opening Hours
Press Preview: Tuesday 22nd September (12-1pm)
Tuesday 22nd September (4-8pm)
Wednesday 23rd September (12-6pm)
Thursday 24th September (12-6pm)
Friday 25th September (12-6pm)
Saturday 26th September (12-6pm)
Sunday 27th September (12-6pm)

This event is part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. For more information and details about other participants of this event please click here.