Scotland’s rich history of producing some famous names has had their inventions becoming commonplace in the household.
It continues to look bright for Scotland when one looks in on the interior design scene, as discovered by Glasgow fitted kitchen specialist, DM Design, who profiled Scottish designers to look out for:
Featuring a unique fine art feel 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.”
Angus Ross, award-winning designer based in Aberfeldy, seeks to create items that are in celebration of the traditional craft skills that go into fine furniture making. Arguably, one of his most iconic pieces is the Stable Stool, which features a single length of ash or oak steamed and bent round a former so as to create a very strong rocker which is very effective too.
Jennifer Gray, an Edinburgh based graduate of The Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art makes use of traditional hand-carving methods which she then enhances by incorporating emerging digital technologies to create extraordinary collections of jewellery pieces and objects that fit the home perfectly.
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 who is a Textile Design graduate of the Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design went the entrepreneurial route and started her very own studio where she hand-printed a small selection of home accessories as well as wallpaper. Nowadays the ink evangelist and illustrator’s illustrations feature everywhere, from colouring books to beer labels and tattoos…and wallpaper, of course.
Jakarta-born Eliza Kesuma who has been working and living in Scotland for over a decade 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 setting up 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
Rose Black and Silvia Perez operate 10kH Ten Thousand Hours, an upholstery business based in Glasgow, which allows them to express their creativeness and learn new skills as they restore furniture through upholstery procedures. Black and Perez met back at the City of Glasgow College during their days spent studying 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 local design scene looking so bright alongside 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.