Donna Wilson set up her company in 2003 after making odd knitted creatures for her final show at the Royal College of Art. The creatures sold out and she has since built her business designing and making a collection of curious cushions, luxurious lambswool blankets, and variety of products for you and your home.
Though originally from Scotland, Donna now runs a studio and workshop in London. Her hard-working team knit, sew, pack, and send out products to fans and design shops around the world – 30 countries at our last count!
Passionate about creating products that people can connect with, the studio is committed to making things that our customers will treasure. We use UK based manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible, doing our bit to keep craftsmanship alive.
In 2010 Donna won the coveted accolade of ‘Designer of the Year’ at Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards, and in 2011 she exhibited a solo show of knitted sculptures and paintings entitled ‘Endangered Species’ at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
When I was selected to design a chair, I came to Fogo Island to gather research and of course thousands of photos. Everything from the land, nature, the architecture and way of life was all hugely inspiring! I was especially drawn to the tongue and groove painted surfaces that you see everywhere in Newfoundland homes.
The Bertha chair came from a desire to echo the warmth of wooden interiors as well as the island’s tradition of boat building and coopering. Its name came out of a conversation that I had with Zita Cobb. When she found out that I was Scottish and my last name was Wilson, she shared a story about the only other Scottish woman whom she had ever met who went by the name of Wilson–Bertha Wilson. A woman of modest means, she became the first female appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. It seemed like a fitting name for such a humble and modern chair.
The knitted pouffe was designed to sit alongside the Bertha, so that guests can put their feet up and relax. The form was inspired by the sea urchin shells found washed up on the beaches and the scallop designs are reminiscent of the scalloped shingles of the Brett House on the Island.
The Eadie Arm chair was a design I worked on in collaboration with SCP, and Furniture company based in London. I liked the fact that they had their own upholstery factory in England, and worked really closely with them to get the right shape and comfort. It is made from a solid beech and plywood frame, jute webbing and hessian straps. In replacement of petrochemicals such as foam, our upholsterers use a mix of sustainable materials that include natural fibres, horse hair and wool to cover the frame The idea was to create an arm chair that curved round the body. The back of the frame gently arcs, creating a crescent shape to make the chair more accommodating whilst keeping a low profile. The legs are turned beech and have a gentle taper. Eadie has a large full feather upholstered cushion that sits neatly within the rounded frame.