Scotland has a rich history of producing some famous names whose inventions have become commonplace in the typical home.
DM Design, Glasgow fitted kitchen specialists, profiled Scottish designers to look out for and in so doing discovered that developments continue to look bright in Scotland, by way of the design scene (particularly interior design):
Inspired by a photographic portfolio of Scotland, Edinburgh based Mairi Helena’s high-end luxury home accessories designs feature a unique fine art feel with their abstract pattern designs.
Speaking about her work, Mairi said: “With both my parents being textile designers, I was brought up with an appreciation of design. Previously with the vibrant, earthy colours of the Scottish Borders landscape where I grew up, then seaward by the rustic, weathered, coastal fringe of Fife and now the bustling, pulsating Edinburgh sensations, I love fusing textiles, textures and photography to create fashionable prints.”
Aberfeldy based designer Angus Rock seeks to create items which celebrate the traditional skills that go into fine furniture making. The award-winning designer’s Unstable Stool is arguably one of his most iconic pieces, featuring a single length of oak or ash which is steamed and bent round a former to form an incredibly strong rocker which is very effective too.
Jennifer Gray, an Edinburgh based graduate of The Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art utilises traditional hand-carving methods which she then enhances by looking into emerging digital technologies to create an extraordinary collection of jewellery pieces and objects that make for a perfect fit for the home.
Commenting on how she approaches her work, Jennifer explained: “I am interested in identifying then reinterpreting place, time and individual personalities. Re-told stories juxtapose historical and modern themes from an alternative perspective through objects, jewellery and the way these works are experienced by others.”
Textile Design graduate of the Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Johanna Basford, started her very own studio where she hand-printed a small selection of home accessories and wallpaper. Today the ink evangelist and illustrators has her illustrations featuring everywhere, from beer labels to colouring books and tattoos…and wallpaper, of course.
Living and working in Scotland for more than ten years, Jakarta-born Eliza Kesuma is now the creative engine driving Moody Monday – a screenprinting studio whose speciality is creating bespoke prints for wall coverings, fabric and interior accessories. Prior to her setting up of Moody Monday in 2011, Eliza studied for a Textiles & Design degree at the Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design, going on to work at a number of UK studios.
Rose Black and Silvia Perez
10kH Ten Thousand Hours is an upholstery business based in Glasgow, operated by the duo of Rose Black and Silvia Perez who met back at the City of Glasgow College while studying Furniture Restoration. The business allows them to express their creativeness and learn new skills as they restore furniture through upholstery procedures.
In their personal statement on Craft Scotland, the pair stated: “We are committed to sourcing and using unique and beautiful textiles, exploring mixtures of textures and colours and maintaining a high quality, hand crafted service.”
With the local Scottish design scene looking so bright, coupled with the many options to choose from, the typical fitted kitchen Glasgow interior designers and homeowners will want to go for can make for a true expression of their unique style.