DESIGN + TRAVEL: WOOL BnB
To mark UK Wool Week 2016, The Campaign for Wool will be opening the first ever ‘Wool BnB’, where everything from interiors to fashion will be made of wool. The fully functioning Wool BnB will host a series of activities and events throughout the entire duration of Wool Week including open days for visitors to call in and see the stunning installation.
Location: De Beauvoir Town in North London (nearest station Dalston, 40' from Norwood Junction)
Designer: leading interiors stylist, Karina Garrick
Ok, so let's poke around. First impressions count, so no wonder that a great stair runner from Roger Oates has been used. This is a flatweave 100% wool runner in a black herringbone pattern with red border (62cm wide, ideal for narrow stairs). It contrasts beautifully with the crisp white on the stairs. It is the Whitman in Soft Black and it's from the latest collection, available here.
Photo: Roger Oates
The Living Room
The Living Room showcases wool, as you have never seen it before. Contemporary design and styling delivers a truly inviting space that combines strong colour combinations and amazing textures that make it the perfect place for relaxation.
A Liberty print carpet from Alternative Flooring welcomes you into the room with a dazzling display of colour and pattern originating from the designs of William Morris. A unique spin on a breakfast table is crafted in a fun wool art installation by Jessica Dance entitled ‘Full English Breakfast’.
Wool carpet artworks by Allistair Covell hang brightly on the walls complementing the Cooper Sofa from Sofa.com along with an eclectic mix of wool filled cushions.
Wall cabinets with bell jars display the different types of wool from a selection of sheep breeds, allowing you to engage the senses and explore the varying textures from strong fibre wools for resilient interior products and tweeds, through to Merino wool for soft next to skin apparel and fine fabrics.
The Master Bedroom
Step into a world of Zen in the The Master Bedroom while under the ever-watchful eye of a Herdwick sheep crafted in a stunning needlepoint tapestry by Melissa Watts. The room has been created to enhance comfort and deliver a perfect night’s rest through a full array of wool products and the luxury of a Vispring bed and wool filled duvet by The Wool Room.
Stunning hand knitted throws by Melanie Porter, knitted Exmoor Horn Wool cushions, Melin Tregwynt lampshades and Mystic Blue curtains by Mark Alexander will allow you to fully indulge in natural luxury and drift off to sleep peacefully.
A casual space for those lazy, cosy evenings, The Snug embodies the feel-good-factor of wool offering you the chance to chill-out on the low-level pouffes and floor cushions scattered on a stunning and vibrant Liberty carpet by Alternative Flooring.
A striking piece of art by Jacqueline Fink takes centre stage above the fireplace with intricate plaits worked together, showing the creative impact and natural flexibility of merino wool.
Enter the Study to be greeted by the handmade wool map by Yessica Wheeler highlighting the key wool growing nations of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom surrounded by the stylish sheep gallery.
The Study is a quiet place filled with light and bright pink walls. Slip off quietly and relax in the ultimate Merino wool armchair by Mourne Textiles designed by Steuart Padwick for Adams and Moore whilst putting your feet up on the Tetrad Harris Tweed Pumpkin Stool (small). The stool is available in two sizes and made to order in 10 weeks. It is available from Barker & Stonehouse here , and currently priced at £189.
The Makers Room is the heart of creativity. A place to escape from technology and connect with the peace and pleasure of working with wool. This room demonstrates how wool is a craft lovers delight with the only limit on wool creativity being imagination.
The rich colours adorn this room throughout, from woven fabric samples to beautiful yarns. Trestle tables and contemporary wool stools by Swedish Aveva Design are the perfect workstations to get your creative thoughts flowing.
The Wool-kin Wardrobe showcases the true versatility of wool through fashion, performance and innovation, always with a nod and reminder to wool’s natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits.
Brands, designers and retailers showcase their best Merino wool products for this season. The room boasts a striking wool artwork piece by Sally Spinks along with a luxurious armchair by Melanie Porter.
The Wool-kin Wardrobe is the place to dress, ready to impress, in only the best wool quality garments.
Kitchen | Dining Area
A classic monochrome check patterned carpet by Brintons welcomes guests to the rustic kitchen. A soundproofing screen - Kivo by Herman Miller is a dramatic and contemporary wool diamond pod structure demonstrating the value of cushioned wool panels in soundproofing and absorbing noise.
The kitchen invites guests to dine on Solidwool chairs while looking out onto the garden and the artisan Shepherd’s Hut.
The Shepherd’s Hut
Bringing a touch of true farming culture to the centre of London, The Wool BnB has its very own Shepherd’s Hut designed and created by specialist joiner Paulus Smith. Step inside this quirky wool filled space and escape from the stresses of life.
The made to measure Vispring wool filled mattress is your snooze zone, whilst a Roger Oates Flatweave carpet dresses the floor, Melanie Porter, Scarlet and Argent and Rowena Mason fill The Shepherds Hut with delightful woolly accessories.
Oh, and you see these gorgeous slippers under the bench..? Hello winter, I am so ready for you!
These are the Redcliffs slippers by Laura Ellery. Redcliffs slippers draw inspiration from vintage American moccasins and contemporary Japanese knitwear. They are available in three clean, minimal colourways featuring the cream, brown, and grey yarns that were the foundation of the Rapaki brand, created by Laura’s family in New Zealand. All Redcliffs Slippers are handmade to ensure maximum quality. You can buy them here.