Wool House at Somerset House


Yesterday I visited Somerset House for the preview of a new exhibition Wool House in association with The Campaign for Wool dedicated to innovations in the material. At the entrance to the exhibition I was greeted by and instantly smitten with two tall elegant topiary plants which on second glance were found to be made of wool!

This set the tone for the engaging exhibition that has transformed the recently renovated West Wing into a home made primarily from wool. Seven individual rooms, from the bedroom to the study, have been created by leading designers, such as Donna Wilson exhibiting how the design community uses wool extensively in their work. There were tapestries and fantastical creations and walls coated entirely in the material. Three additional rooms were dedicated to fashion displays, celebrating the importance of the fibre in today’s fashion industry.

Some of the rooms were a bit hit and miss but that was more to do with taste than their faultless execution, nevertheless a wander through the halls and light-filled rooms of the striking new West Wing alone is worth a visit.

An inspiring and educational free exhibition Wool House runs until the 23rd of March 2013.













Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

4 Comments on Wool House at Somerset House

  1. Louise
    Friday, March 15th, 2013 14:37 at 2:37 pm (6 years ago)

    Lots to like here, wish I’d known about it. Whose is the rooms with indigo curtains, cable armchair, spools of wool? Kit Kemp? Credits please.

  2. Rohini:TheBeatThatMyHeartSkipped
    Monday, March 18th, 2013 11:53 at 11:53 am (6 years ago)

    The Indigo wool ‘mops’ in the indigo room was the Classic Drawing Room by Fox Linton and the cable armchair image and spools were Josephine Ryan’s Natural Room. Her room was actually my favourite…. josephineryanantiques.co.uk

  3. Louise
    Monday, March 18th, 2013 20:31 at 8:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Ooh thank you I have a new favourite in Josephine Ryan. Her look is so relaxed and welcoming. Thanks for that.

  4. Jessica Zoob
    Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 20:13 at 8:13 pm (6 years ago)

    Great Post! Isn’t it a wonderful exhibition. I love your photos, my favourite snapshots too. Missed the Mammoth chair though which was heavenly. I blogged about it too.

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