Donna Wilson

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Designer: Donna Wilson
From: born in Scotland and has moved to London where her studio is based

When it comes to current designers, Donna Wilson's whimsical creatures and textiles are easy to recognize. Though she began with her well-known and well-loved creatures, her newer ventures include furnishings and even fashion accessories. The colors, sweet faces, and rich textures are just itching to bring some smiles to your corner of the world.

When she describes herself as "colourful, smiley (most of the time), messy, bendy, and Scottish", she also defines most of her line. Originally from Scotland, Wilson's distinctive style began with knitting at an early age, and she still uses traditional knitting traditions as a source of inspiration. She began her career in 2003, making her family of knitted companions and creatures while finishing her master's in London. In the end she created a sold-out collection and launched her brand immediately afterwards.

Today, Donna Wilson's line includes creatures, cushions, blankets, accessories, ceramics, glassware, stationery, and table linens. Plus, check out the eco-friendly Eadie armchair decked out in her signature textiles. Everything she creates features that signature warmth, whimsical characters and illustrations, beautiful color combinations, and striking patterns.

Facts:
• named Elle Decorations Designer of the Year for 2010
• all the companies who manufacture her products are in the UK
• inspired by Alexander Girard and Stig Lindberg

Attended:
• Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland to study Constructed Textiles
• received MA in Mixed Media from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, England

Known for: quirky, playful knits

Quote: Everything we do is designed to make people smile. I love working with colour and I think that brings a lot of personality to people.

Wilson on the Web:
Donna Wilson store
T Magazine/New York Times
Dezeen
Computer Arts

(Images: Donna Wilson)

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Mari Richards is a product designer, shiny object addict, writer, and professor. With 400+ designs and 30+ industry awards, she is a freelance designer and design blogger at SmallforBig.com. She is also a contributor at Houzz.com and LetsNeighbor.com.