The last time I saw Chantal, Founder and Creative Director at Rococo, she said, ‘have you seen my fox scarf?’, and flipped something red around her neck. It turned out to be not a fox fur (which would have been surprising) but a sleepy knitted fox with a white tail from Scottish designer Donna Wilson.
Donna first made quirky and endearing knitted creatures for her final show at the Royal Art College. 10 years later, she has been awarded Elle Decoration’s Designer of the Year award and now sends products to stockists in 25 countries. She manufactures in the UK where possible: ceramics from Stoke-on-Trent, blankets and throws woven in Wales the traditional way, lambswool knitted in Scotland.
We worked with Donna to create a range of Easter eggs in 2012 that included her iconic bunny and cat designs as well as a ‘food chain’ egg with a carrot egg nestled inside a rabbit egg, both of which had been eaten by a large egg with a fox design.
Her designs have such personality, and I’m particularly fond of Ginge Cat, a love founded partly on the knowledge that he ‘loves kisses and cherry cola. Dislikes thunder and lightning.’
Who wouldn’t want a message-in-hot-water-bottle?
Congratulations on your 10th anniversary to all at Donna Wilson, and we’re looking forwards to seeing what’s next!