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 2020Read on
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 ClydeRead on
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
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 2020Read on
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
Episode One – The life & times of the Sanquhar Glove. Helen Voce’s first dispatch in a series that explores place and making from around Scotland.Read on
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 2020Read on
For her final dispatch on place & making, Helen Voce has travelled online to view this year’s degree shows across Scotland to report on contemporary responses to the local. Summer 2020.
Episode 5 In her latest dispatch looking at place & making, Helen Voce heads to the Outer Hebrides to explore the history & the success of Harris TweedRead on
‘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
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 2020Read on
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 2020Read on
Stacey Hunter climbs aboard Passenger to meet curators & artists Kerianne Quick & Jess Tolbert, to discuss their project for Munich Jewellery Week. Summer 2020Read on
Episode Three – The Grimsay Boat, its making & its history. Helen Voce heads to the Western Isles in her latest dispatch on boat-buildingRead on
Alice Jacobs set up Flux, a laser & CNC workshop in Glasgow in 2012. Here she talks expanding her business, her new premises Land Rovers & music. Spring 2020Read on
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
Episode Two – The Orkney Chair, its history & its making. Helen Voce, in her second dispatch exploring place and making from around Scotland, talks to Kevin Gauld, the celebrated chair-maker.Read on
“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.
Rachel Simmonds explores the common currency of Scottish and Scandinavian architecture, looking at the work of Reima & Railia Pietila and Basil Spence.
‘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 2020Read on