Welcome to our journal . . bringing news & views of design from across Scotland & beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Architect Paul Stallan of the Glasgow practice Stallan-Brand, shares his thoughts on six buildings in Scotland that inspire, delight, perplex or intrigue him. And he offers insights into Stallan-Brand’s recent project, Broomlands primary school (pictured) in the Border’s town of Kelso.
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 2020Read on
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.
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.
Artist, writer, designer, Kate Morgan explores & exposes the fascinating intricacies of knitting proper socks from the mighty MUJI to a modest Czech grandmother.
‘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.Read on
MATERIAL INNOVATION | FURNITURE
Made of ‘spent grain’ leftover from the distilling process, Draff is a new & brilliant material developed by Aymeric Renoud. DES reports on the Dundee-based design & build studio & their commission for Dundee Science Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!