Welcome to our journal  . . bringing news & views of design from across Scotland & beyond. 

Dixon goes public . . . & soon to Europe!

DESIGN INNOVATION
DES has collaborated with Mirrl of Glasgow on an eye-catchingly good looking fountain for the contemporary age. So here’s Dixon, a strikingly fresh fountain installed outside South Ken tube in London. And what’s more Dixon is to tour Europe as part of Plastics: Remaking Our World in 2022. 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

DES EVENTS
Dark nights in . . so catch up with our Studio Visits via Zoom & lively online conversations. Hear from Harry Morgan, Mirrl, Tania Kovats, James Rigler, Laura Aldridge, Frances Priest & many more. Listen to lively conversations between designers, architects & academics who are all exploring fresh ideas, new materials & a brighter future.

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Cinema Paradiso

ARCHITECTURE
Cromarty’s new cinema cuts a brilliant architectural dash. Sitting beside Cromarty Firth, it is testimony to a community-led initiative & outstanding contemporary architecture. Susanna Beaumont speaks to Cromarty Community Cinema’s architect, Lynne Sproull.

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Questions & Answers / Catharine Rossi

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Catharine Rossi, curator of Night Fever at V&A Dundee & Craft Scotland’s recent Craft & Cultural Conversations, shares insights into 1960’s Italian nightclubs, her favourite disco hits & the kitchen gadget she couldn’t do without.

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Light & shade

ART + ARCHITECTURE
Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket has reopened as a multi artform space with an exhibition of work by Karla Black. Brilliantly extended & revitalised by architects Reiach and Hall, Susanna Beaumont talks to their design director, Neil Gillespie about the importance of light & dark, shade & shadow in its transformation.

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Giving delight

ARCHITECTURE
From a football stadium to a transplant unit, Peter Womersley is arguably the architect behind many of Scotland’s most notable 20th century structures. Here Brian Robertson, curator & founder Zembla gallery in the Scottish Borders, celebrates Womersley & asks why his work is not more widely recognised. Zembla recently exhibited WOMERSLEY, an exhibition of work by 12 contemporary artists made in response to his architecture.

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Sculptural forms in space

DESIGN
Edinburgh’s reopened & revitalised Fruitmarket is embracing functional objects commissioned from artists & designers. Here DES takes a look at Tania Kovats drinking fountain WELL & light sculptures by Andrew Miller.

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Oyster shells, salt & the Firth of Forth

Chalk Plaster are plasterers and keen experimenters. Here Steven Blench, one half of Chalk Plaster, reveals their latest explorations along the shores of the Firth of Forth. Summer 2020

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Weave been waiting . . . says Beca Lipscombe

DESIGN CLASSIC
Archie Brennan was arguably the most inventive tapestry weaver of the 20th century. Here designer Beca Lipscombe celebrates his work & heralds the exhibition of Brennan’s work which was recently on at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh.

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Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Sheelagh Boyce & Annabelle Harty have known each for decades yet it was only recently that they began their collective practice of quilting. Here they talk ideas, inspiration. They are currently exhibiting their work at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute.

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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 recent project on the Isle of Skye & why what we eat should focus our minds on food supply chains & ecosystems.

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Shroom with a view

MATERIAL INNOVATION | GRADUATE DESIGN
Glasgow School of Art graduate, Catriona Brown had long thought the ubiquitous plastic tree protector was a blot on the landscape, so she set out to design an alternative. Here Catriona tells the story of Shroom, her newly designed tree protector made of mycelium.

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Up against a better brick wall

MATERIAL INNOVATION
Accolades have been showered on the K-Briq. A building brick made of over 90% construction waste, it was invented by Prof Gabriela Medero of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University. Susanna Beaumont finds out more about a sustainable building block, now in production in East Lothian.

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Geometric Variations . . Paolozzi the designer

DESIGN CLASSIC
Eduardo Paolozzi, the Leith-born artist is celebrated widely for his sculptures & collages but his work in design & collaborations with industry are arguably lesser known. Here curator Sarah Rothwell applauds his brilliance in design.

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Travels by Design | Then & Now

GRADUATE DESIGN
Times are challenging for everyone right now but for last year’s design & applied arts graduates, the ‘real world’ has been particularly tough. Helen Voce catches up with three of the graduates she profiled last summer in DES, to see how their worlds are shaping up.

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Ica Headlam

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Ica Headlam makes things happen. A social worker living in Aberdeen, he champions creativity. The man behind Creative-Me-Podcasts, last autumn Ica launched We Are Here Scotland, to raise funds to support BIPOC creatives.

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Shop Window

PRODUCT DESIGN
DES brings news of exceptional objects to buy by designers & artists we have exhibited . . tables & stools from Flux, flamboyant coasters from Mirrl & Adam Nathaniel Furman & Urpflanza, a new series of lights by Rachel Adams, inspired by the brilliance that is brassicas!

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