Recently I spent a wet Saturday on a sort of cultural triathlon visiting 3 of the blockbuster exhibitions currently on show on London. While at Somerset House on a visit to the Courtauld Gallery we came across The Wool House.
Organised by the Campaign for Wool this fantastic FREE show offers up a glimpse into how wool can transform the spaces in which we live. A series of rooms are dressed out by guest designers to themes including the Natural Room with lots of natural coloured coarsely textured wool fabrics; the Modern Room a phantasmagorical confection of brightly coloured felt and the delightful and whimsical nursery with its felt walls and rain cloud mobile.
To compliment the home theme a series of rooms houses some of the best in innovative tailoring for men and women from Saville Row and Vivienne Westwood. The entrance hall houses a really hairy chair called the Mammoth Chair, designed by Amy Somerville and made from the wool of Mongolian Long haired sheep. Behind this is a Hummingbird wall hanging by Alexander McQueen and woven by the Rug Company. The scene stealer has to be Shauna Richardson’s life size crochetdermy brown bear.
Outside in the main courtyard for one weekend only was a pen of the most delightful sheep, provided by the National Sheep Association including breeds such as the Lincoln Longwool and the Lleyn.
More sheep inspired yummyness was spotted while in the excellent Toms Kitchen café! All in all this is one of the best impromptu visits I have made for a long time and if you are into wool in any of its various incarnations it’s worth a visit. The Wool House is open until 24th March.