Shroom with a view

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

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Design Exhibition Scotland | Drinking Fountains

Drinking fountains for a contemporary age

Beautifully crafted, frequently flamboyant yet functional affairs, drinking fountains were a once a common sight across Britain. Now DES is setting out to bring back good-looking fountains and here reveals its latest fountain collaboration with Mirrl of Glasgow.

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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 Andy Summers about her career path, cycling routes & activism in architecture.

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

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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. July 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.

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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 Glasgow interior.

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Questions & Answers / Formafantasma

Designers Formafantasma explore materials, their origins, use and impact. In their latest exhibition Cambio at the Serpentine Galleries in London, they look at the life and after-life of trees.

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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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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 candidacy to become president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. July 2020

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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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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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