Eric Musgrave

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Time to flock to Wool House

Interior fabrics made from wool take centre stage at an impressive and classy exhibition organised by The Campaign For Wool, the promotional body for the ubiquitous fibre. Running at the West Wing of Somerset House in London (until March 24), “Wool House: Worldwide Wool” is built around a series of rooms designed by some very talented people who have brought together a plethora of items that utilise – mainly in very luxurious qualities – the hair off a sheep’s back. There is also a smattering of fashion, including bespoke tailoring and hand-knitting.

Well done to Bridgette Kelly, The Campaign For Wool’s project director, whose idea this is, and the curator, interior designer Arabella McNie. They should be congratulated for bringing together an inspiring and informative event. Entrance to the show is free of charge – I heartily recommend it.

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British carpet manufacturer Brintons made this unique 100-foot wool runner for UK-based Spanish-born designer Christian Zuzunaga.

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Wool House is packed with desirable pieces of wool-covered furniture. This is a Mammoth chair, covered in Mongolian Longhaired Sheep, by Amy Somerville.

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The natural light at Somerset House is particularly flattering to the wool artefacts. This is the Bedroom by Kit Kemp.

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This is the Classic Drawing Room, designed by Fox Linton Associates. Even the wallcovering and the light fittings are in wool.

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The Snug is by Arabella McNie, the curator of Wool House, and shows some of ethnic influences in interiors.

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Ashley Hicks conceived this Study, using wool for the floor, walls, furniture and accessories.

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Anne Kyyro-Quinn is responsible for this stunning Modern Room, which includes amazing wall hangings and wool-covered furniture.

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The Natural Room is designed by Josephine Ryan to give a retro country feel.

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The sumptuous Bedroom is a creation of Kit Kemp.

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Donna Wilson designed the delightful Nursery.

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Hand weaving and hand-knitting are also included in Wool House,

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as is contemporary fashion for him and her.

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Savile Row Bespoke’s members are represented in a rather nice re-creation of a tailoring workshop – although it’s tidier and smarter than most of the real things! Practical workshops on cutting and tailoring will take place during the run of Wool House.

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