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12 – 15 May 2018


12 – 15 May 2018


Fuelled by a desire to support and champion design excellence, Design Exhibition Scotland was founded by curator Susanna Beaumont with the aim of bringing energy, ambition and greater visibility to Scotland’s burgeoning design community. The first edition of Design Exhibition Scotland was held in 2018 in central Edinburgh in Lyon & Turnbull’s neo-classical and brilliantly voluminous saleroom.

Free and open to all, Design Exhibition Scotland supports fresh ideas and adventurous thinking. Providing a platform to introduce new work to a wide general public, DES 2018 saw the realisation of two site-specific commissions. The Glasgow-based Rachel Adams created a vast tie-dyed wall-hanging and Andrew Miller constructed a configuration of benches, linked by powder-coated coloured steel frames.

Design Exhibition Scotland also invites conversation. DES Debates 2018 brought together contemporary designers and energetic thinkers to exchange ideas and forge alliances. Led by Prof Christopher Breward of the National Galleries of Scotland and supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands, London, Craft Scotland and the University of Edinburgh / Edinburgh College of Art, speakers included designers Ineke Hans, Max Lamb and Geoffrey Mann, curator Annemartine van Kesteren, from the Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam and design commentator Grant Gibson.

Design Exhibition Scotland is ambitious. Currently working towards a second edition to be held in June 2019, it aims to forge a long-term strategy on how best to champion innovative design thinking and making. Design Exhibition Scotland wishes to inspire public bodies and individuals to consider how design can enhance the cultural, environmental and creative well-being of Scotland.

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Design Exhibition Scotland commissioned Rachel Adams to make a site-specific tie-dye linen wall-hanging for DES 2018. Considering the building’s former life as a church, Adams created a dazzling tie-dye work inspired by stained glass windows.  

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Rachel Adams
Elecation, 2018
Tie-dye linen

Lyon & Turnbull was originally built in 1823 as a church by architect Archibald Elliot, and Adams references this in mirroring the traditional patterns of stained glass in the dying and patchwork design. Adams’ practice is informed by a continuing concern with the hierarchical values of art, craft and design and how their cultural significance has changed throughout history. Here, tie-dye, associated with the DIY counter-culture movement of the 1960s is combined with patchwork, the thrifty craft of the home maker, and scaled up to the cosmic heights of ecclesiastical grandeur. 

Namon Gaston and Peter Holmes 
Oxbow Lounge Chair, 2018 
European oak, handwoven fabric by Mourne Textiles 
Oxbow Lounge Chair, 2018 
European oak, handwoven fabric by Eleanor Pritchard

James Rigler 
Console Tables 1 & 11, 2018 
Slip-cast, press moulded and glazed ceramic, metal leaf, wood
Stool / Table / Block, 2018 
Slip-cast, press moulded and glazed ceramic, metal leaf, wood

Steff Norwood
Mobile Library, 2018
Steel, plywood, spray paint
James McLardy 
In the Grip, 2018 
Lacquer, wood, rubber webbing 

Chalk Plaster
Ffion & Steven Blench 
Marshall’s Intonaco, 2018
Gypsum plaster with Mrs Marshall’s Intonaco binder

Scott Jarvie 
The Wire Chair, 2007
Painted steel, one-off prototype

David Watson
The Govan Orkney Chair, 2018
Scottish oak and Bute tweed
Alice Jacobs
Utility Stacker, 2018
CNC cut and hand finished FSC birch plywood
Alice Jacobs
Utility with arms, 2018
CNC cut and hand finished FSC birch plywood

Goodd Ltd / Uncontrollable Urge 
Rendezvous, 2018 
Aluminium, steel, lacquered MDF

Bernie Reid
Rugs, 2016 on-going
Spray paint on vinyl


Harry Morgan
Sand Play, 2018 

Photography Ruth Clark

DES thanks all its funders, sponsors &  supporters. DES Supporters 2018: Campbell Armour & Angus McLeod; Claude Badion & James Robinson; Gameeda Barnard; Mollie Beaumont; Rob Bruce & Fiona Burnett; John Bute; Sophie Crichton Stuart; Rosanna Forbes; Robin Hardie; Pete Irvine; George Morris; Imogen Reed; Lucy Stanistreet; Stella Tennant; Philippa Woodcock and those who wish to remain anonymous. 

Founder & curator 
Susanna Beaumont Coordination Leigh Hazzard-Burgess & Phoebe Angel Development Diana McMicking