Donna Walker Designs' Irony will feature in the new series of Trashformers airing on FYI in America beginning Friday the 10th of July at 10pm.
TRASHFORMERS takes upcycling to the max! Four makers are challenged by our design guru host to turn mega-machines like a school bus, a Ferris wheel and a small plane, into cool upcycled items to sell in just three days. Whichever team makes the most money wins.
Traces London has launched it's new website! You can check it out here!
Donna Walker featured in Remade in Britains Guest blog this week, you can see the interview here
March, Remade in Britain will be joining Donna Walker Design, Max McMurdo, Eco Chic Interiors
and a star-studded cast of superstar designers for a 3 day upcycling
event to celebrate all that's best in British Design and Upcycling!
I'm pleased to announce that the Skeleton Lights range is now being stocked by East London's newest design store, SHOP, at Stour Space in Hackney Wick. The grand opening is next week to coincide with the galleries First Thursday event, so not only do you get one opening, but two! Details below. You can also buy fantastic products from the talented Camilla Meijer and Sarah Dee Barrett amongst many more. Hope to see you there!
Due to popular demand at Design Junction last week, the online shop is now launched! Any specific requirements that you can't see available at the shop, please email me.
Photography by Giovanna Del Sarto 2013
Furniture from Shepherd Wheel
Donna has been working with Social Enterprise, The Living Furniture Project since March this year. The LFP employs homeless Londoners to produce high-end designer products from some of the country's leading Upcyclers. She has donated the design 'Windows Series' to the project and is also working with the company on bespoke commissions.
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The new Skeleton Lampshade collection will be launched at Interiors Live at the NEC in Birmingham between the 20th and 23rd of January this year with Designersblock. Expect a new range of colours for 2013.
If you wish to register for free entry you can do so here.
Traces is back for Tom Dixon at London Design Festival. This time we've taken on a 'Junk" shop, and you can see and buy some of my designs. Come on down!
however hidden, leaves a trace… The objects we leave behind, speak
fragile broken sentences to those who come across them later. Have you
even stood in a museum and longed to make contact with those stories, by
touching the objects so tantalisingly close behind the glass? Have you
ever wandered through a dilapidated and empty building, wishing you
could see it as the last inhabitants left it?
For one week at the Tom
Dixon Dock, 'Traces' will enable you to do just that! Traces presents a
teaser event - the Traces 'Junk' Shop. Come rummage through our
wonderful collection of homewares, all made by some of the best emerging
design talent in the UK, take in the smells around you, interact with
objects, and see what you can discover. Who is the shop keeper, where
did all this stuff come from? And how much does it cost?! So many
questions for you to answer!
You are invited to come
along to discover these histories for yourselves, come rummage at the
junk shop with a difference; wander in the shop, left as if only a
moment before, and unpick its secrets. Interact with the curated
collection of art and design pieces to unravel clues. And don't forget
you can buy your favourites along the way.
'Traces' aims to give the
very newest up and coming artists and designers a way to reach the
industry and the public. And evolving a new way to experience art and
design, encouraging cross disciplinary collaborative work. 'Traces' also
wants to open up discussions about the way we currently experience art,
design, food and sound.
TRACES - An immersive and theatrical multi-disciplinary art and design showcase.
'To live is to leave traces,' Walter Benjamin
TRACES is an immersive, and theatrical, art and design showcase. Mapping and elaborating on actual stories of the former inhabitants of our building. Bringing it back to life with smells, tastes, touches and sounds of an age gone by, with commissioned and selected art and design pieces. You are asked to discover these histories; wandering through the rooms left as if only a moment before.
We are currently raising money to make this event even bigger and better, take a look at our sponsume page here and help if you can!
Clues will be sent out in the run up to the event to help you piece together the location, era and characters. Mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org twitter @traceslondon
The new studio is now complete! Dominique Brown and I took over an old office space in Shoreditch and transformed it into a beautiful, colourful office space for creatives, with bespoke furniture. You can see more images by visiting Dominiques Blog here.
If you want to share this space with us we have DESK SPACE AVAILABLE at £52 per week all inclusive of bills and business rates, get in touch to arrange a viewing!
Neues Zuhaus Magazine
I will be exhibiting at the Old Cinema's Upcycled spring exhibition in March!
New pictures have been added of the latest commission of the new ltd edition chandelier in Gold, Bronze and Silver. Please contact me for enquiries.
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The Skeleton Lamps collection will be on sale at the TOTES CHRISTMAS event organised by Stitch Up London at Ground Floor Left on the 10th of December. Not only will Stitch Up be launching their new collection, but you'll also be able to purchase fantastic gifts from a selection of up and coming designers. Great place to get your Christmas presents, have a cocktail and listen to some live music! From 1pm until late, more info can be found here http://www.facebook.com/events/113986802044327/
The lovely Stitch Up London girls feature Skeleton Lamps in their photo shoot of their new collection, keep up to date with Stitch Up as they launch their new collection in December this year here http://www.stitchuplondon.blogspot.com/
aMEND features in Mondo Arcs London Design Festival Review
I have been asked to exhibit part of my skeleton lampshade collection at this years Islington Contemporary Art and Design Fair with Candid Arts. Open between the 28th - 30th October, details below:
aMEND featured in Elle Decor Italia
Images from the aMEND exhibition are online now. Click here to view.
Now open and showcasing the new collection at The Residence Gallery 229 Victoria Park Road, London, E9 7HD
Wed. - Sat. 11am-6pm
aMEND will feature in the Icon Design Trail this year! Sign up to the mailing list for an invite to the private view!
The new collection aMEND, will be launched during the London Design Festival, at The Residence Gallery in Victoria Park, in September this year. If you would like to be invited to the private view please sign up to the mailing list. The press release is below.
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aMEND is the launch of designer/maker Donna Walker's most recent
collection. Following on from previous work questioning the
mass-produced, as well as the value and memories that can be imbedded in
our possessions, aMEND concentrates on the existing beauty, form, and
craftsmanship in old and discarded pieces of furniture. These once
redundant pieces are lovingly transformed with a contemporary twist, in
what can only be described as a colourful blend of decades. The
collection consists of a range of furniture and lighting.
This Friday the 25th of June, the Make Do and Mend exhibition opens at Arts Centre Washington. You can see pieces from the new collection including part of Window Series and Skeleton Chandelier.
Photographs of Farm:Shop commission now online, click here to view, or go to the Window Series under furniture tab. Also newly updated is the Secret Classroom Project, click here, or go to The Secret Classroom under Spatial Design tab. More work coming soon.
Tomorrow Farm:Shop by Something and Sons in Dalston will open its doors to the public for the first time. The project has taken over an old shop as part of the Art in Empty Spaces programme, and has looked at new and more traditional ways of growing fruit and vegetables in doors. As part of the project I was asked to design and make twelve chairs for the cafe area, below is a sneaky peak, more photo's to follow. In the meantime get yourself down to 20 Dalston Lane and check out Farm:shop, it's open Fridays-Sundays.
For more information please visit Farm:Shop's website by clicking here.
Many thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Hackney Wood competition, I won the Peoples Choice Award and so will be having my own solo show at The Residence Gallery, Victoria Park, London next year!
I will be taking part in the Hackney Wood Art Prize and Auction at the Residence Gallery in Victoria park between the 5th August-2nd Sept. If you are not able to attend but would like to vote for your favourite piece please visit www.residence-gallery.com
Please see below for further details.
I will taking part in the Shoreditch Festival for Pangolin's Ark, at Shoreditch Park this weekend 17th-18th July. I will be re-designing one of their existing benches, so feel free to come along at any point or just go along after for a sit down in the new bench!
- The bench is now completed please click here for more information and photographs.
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The website is currently being updated so please be aware that navigating it may be a little more difficult at the moment. You can select a category from the left and then click on any of the projects below to view. The website should only be affected for a week. Thanks for your patience.
Knitted Chairs will be exhibited at The Castle Climbing Centre in Green Lanes, London. If you fancy trying one of these chairs out come along!
Kingsland Road, Shoreditch from the 11th Jan - 10th Feb. So come along, have a drink and enjoy!
Irony features in the Casa Viva Magazine December issue.