With its rich history in producing some famous names, some of Scotland’s inventions have become commonplace in the typical home.
The design scene continues to look bright for Scotland, especially with regards to interior design, as discovered by Glasgow fitted kitchen specialist, DM Design in their profile of Scottish designers to keep an eye out for:
Bearing a unique fine art feel to them with their abstract pattern designs, Edinburgh based Mairi Helena’s high-end luxury home accessories designs draw inspiration from a photographic portfolio of Scotland.
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.”
Award-winning designer Angus Rock who hails from Aberfeldy aims to create items that celebrate the traditional craft skills required for fine furniture production, with the Unstable Stool arguably making for one of his most iconic creations. The stool is made out of a single length of ash or oak steamed and bent round a former so as to create an incredibly strong and effective rocker.
Jennifer Gray, a graduate from The Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art who is based in Edinburgh uses traditional hand-carving methods which she enhances by looking into emerging digital technologies to create an extraordinary collection of objects and jewellery pieces that make for the 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.”
Johanna Basford, a Textile Design graduate of the Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design took the entrepreneurial path to start her very own studio where she hand-printed a small selection of home accessories along with wallpaper. Nowadays you can see the ink evangelist and illustrator’s illustrations featured everywhere, from colouring books and beer labels to tattoos…and wallpaper, of course.
Jakarta-born Eliza Kesuma has been working and living in Scotland for over a decade and now operates as the creative engine behind Moody Monday, a screenprining studio which specialises in bespoke prints for wall coverings, fabric and interior accessories. Before she endeavoured to set up Moody Monday in 2011, Eliza studied for a Textiles & Design degree at the Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design, going to work at a number of UK studios.
Silvia Perez & Rose Black
10kH Ten Thousand Hours is a Glasgow based upholstery business which is operated by Silvia Perez & Rose Black, allowing them to learn new skills and be creative as they restore furniture through upholstery procedures. The duo met back at the City of Glasgow College, during their studies of Furniture Restoration.
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 Scottish design scene looking so bright along with so 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.