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Design Exhibition Scotland celebrates  exceptional objects for the everyday. A pioneering project, DES launched in Edinburgh in May 2018 with an exhibition of work by over 20 designers and artists. Working in a range of materials and processes, to create objects such as tables, chairs, lights and flooring, the designers and artists engaged in pertinent issues surrounding function, materials, sourcing and sustainability. Design Exhibition Scotland’s aim is clear – to invite debate and champion excellence and exploration

Integral to Design Exhibition Scotland, were DES Debates which brought together contemporary designers and energetic thinkers to exchange ideas and provoke conversation. Led by Prof Christopher Breward, speakers included designers Ineke Hans, Max Lamb and Geoffrey Mann, curator Annemartine van Kesteren and writer Grant Gibson, plus provocations from exhibiting designers and artists. DES II will take place in June 2019 at Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh. 

Design Exhibition Scotland is supported by Creative Scotland. Design Exhibition Scotland was founded and curated by Susanna Beaumont.

Terrace, 2018 by Andrew Miller
Douglas Fir, powder-coated steel frames 

Design Exhibition Scotland commissioned Andrew Miller to make a site-specific seating installation for DES 2018. Responding to the architecture of the space Miller, a Glasgow based artist who studied at Glasgow School of Art, designed Terrace, a brilliant sculptural configuration of highly worked planes of Douglas Fir that provided a place to gather, sit or lean.

Photos Andrew Miller / Ruth Clark