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

Questions & Answers / Leonie Bell

Leonie Bell is V&A Dundee’s new director. Here she discusses her role, the vital importance of design in the age of a pandemic & her delight in the clothes of Mary Quant & Jean Muir. Winter 2020

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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 fellow architect Andy Summers about her career path, cycling routes & activism in architecture. Winter 2020

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In Your Own Sweet Time

DESIGN INNOVATION
Contemporary horology is flourishing . . Scotland’s watchmakers Paulin, Instrmnt & anOrdain are making sure that time still moves, beautifully. Watch enthusiast James Hall celebrates the tick & the tock. Winter 2020

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Touch

NEW WRITING
‘Our fingertips contain a density of nerve endings and their differentiation is almost comparable to our eyes . . ’
educator & artist Stuart Bennett explores touch in our new touch-adverse era. Summer 2020

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Questions & Answers / Alice Twemlow

The author of Design in Postnormal Times & recent speaker in DES’s Design for our Times, Alice Twemlow confronts trash, future fossils, digital detritus. Here she explores both deep time & the deep future & celebrates the work of the Scottish Enlightenment geologist, James Hutton. Spring 2020

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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

NEW WRITING
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, lockdown Glasgow interior. Spring 2020

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Questions & Answers / Formafantasma

Designers Formafantasma explore materials, their origins, use and impact. In their recent exhibition Cambio at the Serpentine Galleries in London, they examined the life and after-life of trees. Here they discuss design & ecology. Summer 2020

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Climate House

CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Thanks to support from Outset Contemporary Art Fund through their Outset Transformative Grant, Inverleith House, which sits at the heart of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is to be transformed in to Climate House. Here Emma Nicolson, head of Creative Programmes at RBGE tells us more. Autumn 2020

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Questions & Answers / Jude Barber

Architect Jude Barber discusses thinking afresh & motivation, recalling a 2014 project with author Louise Welsh entitled Empire Cafe. A founding member of Collective Architecture, Jude recently ran as a candidate to become president of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Summer 2020

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‘A walk in the woods’ shelter in place

NEW WRITING
‘But suddenly you touched my heart.’ Suzanne Ewing recollects The Burrell Collection, its architecture & location & asks when and how we got distracted from the very essence of architectural ambition and achievement? Summer 2020

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Fraser Taylor & The Cloth

Helena Britt celebrates the printed textiles of 1980s Glasgow School of Art graduate, Fraser Taylor and the formation of The Cloth, a brilliantly vibrant design studio. Summer 2020

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On the Road

Stacey Hunter climbs aboard Passenger to meet curators & artists Kerianne Quick & Jess Tolbert, to discuss their project for Munich Jewellery Week. Summer 2020

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