Welcome . . . to the latest edition of DES.

An online off-shoot of Design Exhibition Scotland, DES celebrates & showcases exceptional objects for the everyday; champions design & designers, makers & making & galvanises fresh & free thinking & new possibilities.

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

NEWS
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

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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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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