Welcome to DES

DES is a new online journal. An off-shoot of Design Exhibition Scotland, we celebrate a wide community of ideas, news & views, to inspire exchange, fresh & free thinking & new possibilities. Since our launch in April, we have published 6 editions — scroll down to read. As to the future, we hope to present DES seasonally with the next issue coming out this Autumn.

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Weave been waiting . . . says Beca Lipscombe

Archie Brennan was arguably the most inventive tapestry weaver of the 20th century. Here designer, Beca Lipscombe celebrates his work & spearheads a fundraising campaign by Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios to present a show of Brennan’s work.

July 2020

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Graduate Showcase / Gray’s School of Art

Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen this year present a Virtual Degree Show. Here we are guided to the work of some stand-out graduates by artist Brandon Logan, product designers, Yellow Broom and Neville Rae of designer makers, Old School Fabrications.

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Graduate Showcase / Edinburgh College of Art

This year’s degree shows aren’t in happening in physical spaces but they are very much alive & kicking online. So go explore! Here Briana Pegado, Rachel Adams & Harry Morgan lead the way to ECA’s Graduate Showcase.

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Questions & Answers / Jude Barber

Architect Jude Barber discusses thinking afresh, motivation & her recent announcement of her candidacy to become president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Travels by Design / Here & Now

For her final dispatch on place & making, Helen Voce has travelled online to view Scotland’s degree shows to report of contemporary responses to location.

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What next . . . DES considers the future

Since launching in April, DES our new online journal has roamed widely in its coverage of design, art & architecture & more. As we now take a pause, Design Exhibition Scotland founder, Susanna Beaumont wonders what next . . .

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Climate House

Thanks to support from Outset Contemporary Art Fund through their Outset Transformative Grant, Inverleith House, which sits at the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, is to be transformed in to Climate House. Emma Nicolson tells us more.

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Questions & Answers / Cooking Sections

‘Spatial practitioners’, Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe founded Cooking Sections in 2013. Here they discuss Climavore, their project on the Isle of Skye & why what we eat should focus our minds on food supply chains & ecosystems.

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Graduate Showcase / DJCAD

Explore Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design’s Graduate Showcase with Lucy Byatt of Hospitalfield & Agency of None.

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‘A walk in the woods’ shelter in place

‘But suddenly you touched my heart.’ Suzanne Ewing recollects The Burrell Collection, its architecture & location, & asks when and how we got distracted from this essence of architectural ambition and achievement?

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Fraser Taylor & The Cloth

Helena Britt celebrates the printed textiles of 80s Glasgow School of Art graduate, Fraser Taylor and the formation of The Cloth a brilliantly vibrant design studio

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Travels by Design / Bute Fabrics

Episode Four – Bute Fabrics, its history and very contemporary collaborations with artists & designers including most recently, Ilana Halperin. Helen Voce reports from the island set in the Firth of Clyde

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Giving delight

From a football stadium to a transplant unit, Peter Womersley is arguably the architect behind many of Scotland’s most notable 20th century structures. Brian Robertson celebrates Womersley & asks why his work is not more widely recognised

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Touch

‘Our fingertips contain a density of nerve endings and their differentiation is almost comparable to our eyes . . ’
Stuart Bennett explores touch in our new touch-adverse era

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