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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!

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. 


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

24 May – 6 June
10am – 5:45pm Daily

Click here and here for more information.

July Giveaway + Fashion and Textile Museum Talk with Donna

1 July 2014
It’s summertime at last — the sun is shining, the warm breeze is brushing against your skin…. and we are loving it! To celebrate the warm weather, this month’s giveaway item will be our On the Rocks Glass Jug – it’s just perfect for serving your favourite summer cocktail or a refreshing lemonade on a lazy summer afternoon.
We would love to hear your favourite recipe for a summer cocktail or a special lemonade. For your chance to win our Rock the Boat jug, please submit a your favourite recipe by leaving a comment on this blog post or by emailing press@donnawilson.com, and we’ll choose one lucky winner at the end of the month.
In other news, starting this autumn The Fashion and Textile Museum in London will have a very exciting exhibition on knitwear: 

20th Century Knitwear
Chanel to Westwood
19 Sept 2014 – 18 Jan 2015

Inspirational fashion knitwear from the 20th century. Highlights include 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald. An exciting combination of famous names and visually exciting pieces, the exhibition charts the influence of art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation.

As part of the exhibition’s events programme, Donna will be doing a talk at the museum on Thursday 2nd October, discussing British knitwear, textile design, and contemporary craft.
Tickets are available HERE.
Sign up early before tickets sell out and you’ll have something to look forward to for when the weather cools down! 🙂
We hope you’re having a lovely summer!


Our Nursery for Somerset House – Wool House

3 April 2013
 A few more pictures for you of our wool nursery that we created last month for wool house. Everything in here is made of wool- even the beautiful bed by Vi-Spring had a wool mattress. The walls were covered in felt supplied by Wernekink in Holland. It was a fantastic project to be involved in, and as you probably know we love using wool as it’s such a versatile, natural and cosy material . We even got to meet the Prince of Wales, who is also  very passionate about wool.

Wool House at Somerset House until 24th March

18 March 2013
I was very lucky to be asked to design a room in the ‘Wool House’ this year- which is on right now in Somerset house on the Strand. Organized by the campaign for wool, a whole wing of the house has been transformed into a wool house, with every room an exquisite example of how you can decorate and use wool.  As you all know I have always loved using wool in my work, and am really fond of this warm, versatile natural material. I love the fact that it takes due so well, so you can get an amazing array of colour. I love the fact that you can felt it and it changes form, and I love being able to create a piece of fabric from a single strand of it.

The room I was asked to design was the nursery which was very appropriate. We got our fantastic felt supplier Wernekinck- from Holland to supply the beautiful felt walls, which are so cosy and tactile. We applied the trees and leaves. Wool is naturally flame resistant, and a great insulator so I think a very good idea for a wall covering.
The bed was covered in Bute fabric and made by Vi-spring, The quality was divine!
I just wish I had a nursery like this!

It’s only on for a short time, so if you get a change and are interested in wool, go and have a look!


Squirrel rug for Node at Design Museum

26 February 2013
I was delighted to be asked by the fantastic Chris Haughton to contribute a design to his Rug project Node.
Node was set up as a non-profit social business. They make high quality hand-made hand knotted, fair trade carpets and will be for sale in the Design museum as part of Fair Trade Fortnight. You might recognize Chris Haughton, as he is an illustrator and author of wonderful collection of children’s books… I Love them. – Oh no George, and A bit lost. see more here ttp://vegetablefriedrice.com/
here’s a few pics of my rug being made.




 It’s amazing how they make these images, I love this picture of the squirrels eyes emerging.  To see the final rug, they will be on show at the design museum as I have mentioned. see more events below.

NODE launch at the DESIGN MUSEUM

come to the public opening in the DESIGN MUSEUM all day on saturday or the kids workshop on sundayfor the launch party5th March 6-9.30pm in the Design Museum, London
Please come along to see the collection. There are a limited edition of 10 rugs by each of these amazing  artists.Beatrice Alemagna | Sanna Annukka | Lesley Barnes | Petra Borner | Chamo | Benji Davies | Chris Haughton | Clayton Junior | Jon Klassen | Micah Lidberg | Joe Magee | Geoff McFetridge | Neasden Control Centre | Patternity | Craig Robinson | Serge Seidlitz | Marcroy Smith | Kevin Waldron | Donna Wilson

In addition to the launch night, the collection is open to the public at the events below:

Fri 1st March

Design Overtime evening event in the gallery where the rugs are installed.Drinks and music in designmuseum after hoursChris Haughton will do a short talk (15-20min) about how the project happened

Sat 2nd March 

Gallery open all day 10-17.45Sun 3rd March Chris Haughton book launch and workshop for kids in the gallery alongside the rugs Come down for a reading of A Bit Lost, Oh No George and see the new fair trade puppets and toys.2.00-3.30pmFree with museum entrance. Booking not required.

Mon 4th March 

Pecha Kucha Night: Fair Trade theme -Where I will be talking about my work.

Talk is from 19.30 to 20.45. Drink afterwards until 21.30PAID EVENT Buy tickets here:designmuseum.org/talksTUESDAY 5th March 

Here’s a vimeo of the making of the project http://vimeo.com/chrishaughton/node 

Monster Madness at the Design Museum

29 June 2011
 Last weekend, we held a workshop for kids in the fantastic Venue of the Design Museum, London. It was the hottest day of the year, but I think everyone enjoyed coming in from the sun to design their very own monster.
Here are some photos of the day.
 Everyone had to design a weird monster using three words that they were given to describe it’s personality!
 Then we made a communal giant monster together.
 The monster on the left was made of xboxes, wi’s and computers!
 Mr toothpaste
A lot of fun, had by all! Thanks to everyone that participated, it was fantastic to see how imaginative kids can be, it’s very inspiring!  And a big thanks to all the staff at the Design Museum, especially Sarah Sheerman-Chase  who is the  Family Learning Coordinator, and my Studio Manager Erin who helped so much on the day.
For more information about what’s on go to www.designmuseum.org