Welcome . . . to the latest edition of DES.

An online off-shoot of Design Exhibition Scotland, DES celebrates exceptional objects for the everyday; a wide community of people; fresh & free thinking & new possibilities.

Upcoming . . . Studio Visits via Zoom with Laura Aldridge & James Rigler | Harry Morgan.

Glasgow-based artist Laura Aldridge & designer James Rigler share insights into their collaborative practice to explore & experiment with functional objects. Thurs 25 Feb, 6.30pm GMT. Open to all, book via Eventbrite.

Harry Morgan works with glass, concrete & pewter exploring through process & making sculptural forms & functions. He’ll talk about materials & techniques. Thurs 18 March, 6.30pm GMT. Open to all, book via Eventbrite.

Geometric Variations . . Paolozzi the designer

Eduardo Paolozzi, the Leith-born artist is celebrated widely for his sculptures & collages but his work in design & collaborations with industry are arguably lesser known. Here curator Sarah Rothwell applauds his brilliance in design.

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Travels by Design | Then & Now

Times are challenging for everyone right now but for last year’s design & applied arts graduates, the ‘real world’ has been particularly tough. Helen Voce catches up with three of the graduates she profiled last summer in DES, to see how their worlds are shaping up.

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Questions & Answers / Ica Headlam

Ica Headlam makes things happen. A social worker living in Aberdeen, he champions creativity. The man behind Creative-Me-Podcasts, last autumn Ica launched We Are Here Scotland, to raise funds to support BIPOC creatives.

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Up against a better brick wall

Accolades have been showered on the K-Briq. A building brick made of over 90% construction waste, it was invented by Prof Gabriela Medero of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. Susanna Beaumont finds out more about a more sustainable building block, now in production in East Lothian.

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Shop Window

DES brings news of exceptional objects to buy . . tables & stools from Flux, flamboyant coasters from Mirrl & Adam Nathaniel Furman & Urpflanza, a new series of lights by Rachel Adams, inspired by the brilliance that is brassicas!

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Shroom with a view

Recent graduate, Catriona Brown had long thought the ubiquitous plastic tree protector was a blot on the landscape, so she set out to design an alternative. Here Catriona tells the story of Shroom, her newly designed tree protector made of mycelium. Winter 2020

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Catch up with . . Design for our Times

DES presents three talks bringing together designers, architects & academics to debate fresh ideas, explore new materials & imagine a brighter future. All three conversations, Design in Postnormal Times, Material World & Circular Thinking in Design are now available to listen / watch again online.

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Questions & Answers / Leonie Bell

Leonie Bell is V&A Dundee’s new director. Here she discusses her role, the vital importance of design in the age of a pandemic & her delight in the clothes of Mary Quant & Jean Muir. Winter 2020

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Questions & Answers / Christina Gaiger

Christina Gaiger was recently appointed the youngest president, to date of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Here she talks to fellow architect Andy Summers about her career path, cycling routes & activism in architecture. Winter 2020

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In Your Own Sweet Time

Contemporary horology is flourishing . . Scotland’s watchmakers Paulin, Instrmnt & anOrdain are making sure that time still moves, beautifully. Watch enthusiast James Hall celebrates the tick & the tock. Winter 2020

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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 led by Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios and the Art Fund, to present a show of Brennan’s work. Summer 2020

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Touch

‘Our fingertips contain a density of nerve endings and their differentiation is almost comparable to our eyes . . ’
educator & artist Stuart Bennett explores touch in our new touch-adverse era. Summer 2020

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Questions & Answers / Alice Twemlow

The author of Design in Postnormal Times & recent speaker in DES’s Design for our Times, Alice Twemlow confronts trash, future fossils, digital detritus. Here she explores both deep time & the deep future & celebrates the work of the Scottish Enlightenment geologist, James Hutton. Spring 2020

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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. Summer 2020

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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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Woof

Kate Morgan writes about the process and practice of chair caning, and how this newly-learnt skill is offering sound, rhythm and vision within a quiet, lockdown Glasgow interior. Spring 2020

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Questions & Answers / Formafantasma

Designers Formafantasma explore materials, their origins, use and impact. In their recent exhibition Cambio at the Serpentine Galleries in London, they examined the life and after-life of trees. Here they discuss design & ecology. Summer 2020

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