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.
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