Biographical Information-Robin Wilson

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Early History - Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson is from Austin, Texas (read Wikipedia) and her passion for Clean Design is a lifetime commitment due to her personal struggle with allergies and asthma - and her parent's efforts to raise a 'strong child instead of a child on strong medicine' with a focus on a non-toxic and hypoallergenic lifestyle.


She held a college internship at the Lower Colorado River Authority and after matriculating from the University of Texas at Austin, she joined the Energy team at Mercer Management Consulting (Boston), with a pedagogical focus on impacts of transportation, pollutants and manufacturing on the global environment. And she was part of the Branding team, where she first learned how to guide consumer interests in the retail, hospitality and technology sectors. 


Later when she worked with the Boston Organizing Committee to help bring the Olympics to the region, she was focused on lobbying key decision makers. When she moved to New York City to work with a leading executive search firm, she was able to coalesce her skills of communication, teamwork and partnerships - and benefitted from the IPO, which allowed her to pursue her entrepreneurial dream.

Brand Building 2000-2010

Robin Wilson founded her eponymous firm in 2000 with a focus on project management for residential clients, while she obtained her Master's in Real Estate Finance from NYU. She learned from the best in New York City and around the country about construction methodology and how to complete a project 'on time, on budget' - and her clients began to ask her to design their spaces. Her team began to work on projects around the United States, and began to consult with consumer brands and hospitality teams on eco-friendly options for consumers. 


In 2005, she was first featured in O magazine and newspapers, and then her work was shown in national magazines such as House Beautiful, Essence, and on television. By 2009, she licensed her brand for custom cabinetry (sold at 400 dealers nationwide) and textiles (sold at Bed Bath & Beyond) which began to build  the RWH brand on a national scale. She also wrote her first book, Kennedy Green House (Greenleaf, 2010) with the foreword by her client and environmentalist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Since the firm began, her design clientele for select projects included high-profile clients, residential, commercial and developers including the exterior color palette for the 1,400 home Lake Nona/Laureate Park project in Florida, plus the White House Fellows office, and projects in Seattle, Breckenridge, Montauk, Austin, Connecticut, Hoboken, Montclair, Los Angeles, New York City , among other locations.

Brand Growth 2011-2015

The Robin Wilson Home brand partnered with companies to continue mutually beneficial branding relationships. 

  • 2012: Ms. Wilson joined the Board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council 
  • 2013: Launch of the Nest Home by Robin Wilson furniture line at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in NYC
  • 2014: Ms. Wilson became a brand ambassador for Panasonic USA to promote the launch of their Home products
  • 2015: Ms. Wilson published her second book, Clean Design: Wellness for your Lifestyle (Greenleaf, 2015) which was #1 on Amazon for design on both print and Kindle platforms.

During this time, Ms. Wilson also nurtured her interest in filmography, by starting the documentary filming of "Home with Robin" in 2012 with Nest Productions (a division of RW Home LLC) and submitting the results to film festivals - which was named an "Official Selection of the Hoboken International Film Festival" and received "Honorable Mention at the Womens International Film Festival".


She regularly appears on the speakers circuit, on television and offers commentary in print on design and wellness at events sponsored by such organizations as the Aspen Institute, Architectural Digest Home Show, and Conservation International, among others.

Robin Wilson Home: a Brand 2016-present

As the 15th year of the brand began, Ms. Wilson recognized that a re-branding effort should begin. She has focused on CLEAN DESIGN as the next area of the firm - as well as re-focusing on real estate development. To accomplish this effort, she obtained a real estate license which is held by Sotheby's International Realty. 

 

In 2017, Ms. Wilson was invited to High Point Market to deliver the Keynote Address, titled "Design Disrupters" in a TED-talk style video that continues to be viewed by thousands. Her opinions continue to be valued by media outlets who seek experts in eco-friendly and wellness focused design options. 


In 2017, Ms. Wilson partnered with a major pharmaceutical firm to lend her name, presence and commentary regarding design effects on creating a hypo-allergenic home environment. Through a series of videos and satellite media tour and news interviews, she has been able to communicate direct to consumers about simple tips to maintain a wellness space for your home.


In 2018, she began to work with investors on real estate fix-flip projects  with design and project management advice.  As well, her licensed brand continues to be sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, and a new line of products will be launched in 2019.

What's Next?

Real estate development venture, and another book is in progress. Stay tuned...