Welcome . . . to the latest edition of DES.

An online off-shoot of Design Exhibition Scotland, DES celebrates exceptional objects for the everyday; a wide community of people; fresh & free thinking & new possibilities.

Upcoming . . . Studio Visits via Zoom with Laura Aldridge & James Rigler | Harry Morgan.

Glasgow-based artist Laura Aldridge & designer James Rigler share insights into their collaborative practice to explore & experiment with functional objects. Thurs 25 Feb, 6.30pm GMT. Open to all, book via Eventbrite.

Harry Morgan works with glass, concrete & pewter exploring through process & making sculptural forms & functions. He’ll talk about materials & techniques. Thurs 18 March, 6.30pm GMT. Open to all, book via Eventbrite.

Climate House

Thanks to support from Outset Contemporary Art Fund through their Outset Transformative Grant, Inverleith House, which sits at the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, is to be transformed in to Climate House. Emma Nicolson 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

‘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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Giving delight

From a football stadium to a transplant unit, Peter Womersley is arguably the architect behind many of Scotland’s most notable 20th century structures. Brian Robertson celebrates Womersley & asks why his work is not more widely recognised? 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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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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Questions & Answers / Christopher Breward

“I’ve always been a closet Ivor Novello fan, ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs’ has both a seasonal and epochal relevance right now!’ DES speaks to Christopher Breward, newly-appointed director of the National Museums Scotland.
Spring 2020

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Questions & Answers / Peter Holmes

‘When I say I am an upholsterer, I often get a blank expression. You can see people turning the word over in their head, slightly puzzled. It’s funny, every day most of us sit on upholstered furniture’. Proud upholsterer, Peter Holmes discusses firm favourites, collaboration & Pilates. Spring 2020

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