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Sitting Pretty – a series of new benches commissioned by Design Exhibition Scotland at Mount Stuart until 15 October. Join us on 3 September, 3pm for our Conversation with Designers at Mount Stuart, free.

Rekha Maker’s Vista at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, one of a series of park benches commissioned by Design Exhibition Scotland, on show until 15 October. Image Mark Gibson

Design for Our Times

Celebrating material exploration & experimentation, our exhibition Design for Our Times was held at V&A Dundee until 19 June. Showcasing work by seven designers, artists & inventors from across Scotland, it rethinks materials & making.

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Sitting Pretty – the background story

Last December Design Exhibition Scotland launched an OPEN CALL inviting designers, artists & architects from across Scotland to celebrate the park bench. Four months on, the selected designers – Rekha Maker, C. A. Walac, Chris Dobson & Dress for the Weather x Stefanie Cheong – are developing their designs. The prototype benches will be shown at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute this summer.

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Dixon goes to Europe!

DES has collaborated with Mirrl of Glasgow on an eye-catchingly good looking drinking fountain for the contemporary age. So here’s Dixon, a strikingly fresh fountain installed outside Vitra Design Museum in Germany as part of Plastic: Remaking Our World. Mirrl’s Simon Harlow & Lewis Harley here talk about the inspiration behind the designing of Dixon.

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Catch up with DES Events

Catch up with our Studio Visits via Zoom & lively online conversations. Hear from Harry Morgan, Mirrl, Tania Kovats, Frances Priest & from Rachel Adams & the launch of her lighting range, Urpflanze (pictured). Listen to lively conversations between designers, architects & academics who are all exploring fresh ideas, new materials & a brighter future.

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