Studio Visits & DES Debates

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In our new series of Studio Visits via Zoom, we head to studios and workshops across Scotland for fascinating insights into designing & making & creating. Firstly we head to the Fife studio of Chalk Plaster, who discuss their explorations into colour pigment & oyster shells. In our second visit, we meet Frances Priest in her Edinburgh studio to hear her discuss her work in ceramic, ideas & inspiration. And most recently we head to Mirrl of Glasgow, meeting Simon Harlow & Lewis Harley, with special appearance from the London-based designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, to discuss collaboration, taking risks & fresh ideas.

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DES Debates offers rousing words on timely issues. Bringing together contemporary designers, energetic thinkers and a wide public audience, DES Debates are our annual celebration of conversation, discourse and discussion.

Launched in 2018, our inaugural Debates saw celebrated designer Max Lamb share his thoughts on materials, process and making with fellow designer, Geoff Mann, senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art. They were joined by writer, curator & podcaster Grant Gibson who discussed the Dutch design landscape with Annemartine van Kesteren, curator at Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam and designer & educator Ineke Hans.

DES Debates are led by Prof Chris Breward, formerly Director of Collection & Research, National Galleries of Scotland and now Director of the National Museums of Scotland. DES Debates are generously supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands, London.

DES Debates 2019 Dutch designer Don Yaw Kwaning discussing his exploration of raw materials with Irene Fortuyn, Robert van Middendorp and Susanna Beaumont

Design in the Public Realm

Tessa Lynch whose site-specific public sculpture, Turns provides informal seating and climbing opportunities at Collective on Calton Hill, Edinburgh; Frances Priest, whose Tiled Corridor was recently unveiled at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital along with Tania Kovats and James Rigler who were commissioned by DES to created prototype drinking fountains, discuss design, function and the public realm. Led by DES curator Susanna Beaumont.

Dutch Design Landscape

Designer Don Yaw Kwaning; Wendy Plomp, founder of design collective Dutch Invertuals; Irene Fortuyn head of Man + Leisure at Design Academy Eindhoven and architect designer, Robert van Middendorp discuss material innovation, sustainability and the Dutch design landscape. Led by DES curator Susanna Beaumont

Design + Production

Adam Nathaniel Furman and Mirrl’s Simon Harlow, who debuted their HK collection at DES 2019; Alice Jacobs of Flux Studio, Glasgow and Stockholm-based designer Nick Ross discuss design, collaboration and production. Led by Helen Voce, Glasgow-based design & craft curator, whose recent projects include Tanween Design Programme, Tashkeel, Dubai, Cove Park on Scotland’s west coast and the Crafts Council.