Scottish makers get set for London Design Festival

Craft Scotland Design Pavilion

The world-famous London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. But this year, the city isn't the only thing being showcased. Attending the festival is a raft of Scottish makers, working with textiles, furniture, jewellery and more.

Here, we take a look at a selection of the exhibitors who are celebrating and sharing Scotland's crafty talent.

Timorous Beasties

Exhibiting: 21–20 September 2017 / Decorex / C25

Timorous Beasties was established in Glasgow in 1990 by Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Today, the studio is a diverse operation and has emerged as a multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed icon. Timorous Beasties’ work embodies a unique diversity of pattern, ranging from design that echoes a golden age of copperplate engraving (a time-honoured classic is the Thistle range; or Merian Palm superwide wallpaper) to example of a distinctly edgy nature, an elegant transgression, a display of chic irreverence. Yet, the studio fully engages a design discourse with textiles history by lending an aesthetic evolution to time-honoured motifs. In 2004 Timorous Beasties unveiled their critically acclaimed Glasgow Toile: by reversing the pastoral context of toiles de Jouy, they transformed the traditional toile device to create an exclusively modern urban genre.

Laura Spring

Exhibiting: 21–24 September 2017 / Design Junction / Canopy 64

Laura Spring

Laura Spring is a textile designer/maker living and working in Glasgow creating bold graphic print designs that are transformed through screen and digital print into fashion accessories, homeware and stationery. With an enormous love for colour, print, pattern and process, Laura aims to create products and designs based around these ideals. Bold patterns mixed with bright colours transformed into beautifully crafted products underpin Laura’s work.

Tom Pigeon

Exhibiting: 21–24 September 2017 / Design Junction / Canopy 10

Tom Pigeon

Tom Pigeon is a creative studio founded by Pete and Kirsty Thomas in 2014. They work across design disciplines, including prints, jewellery and stationery as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work. Their work is exhibited and sold across the world. Below are some examples of their work, including pieces they’ll be exhibiting at designjunction, these pieces are from their shipwreck series.

Gilly Langton

Exhibiting: 21–24 September 2017 / Design Junction / Canopy 74

Gilly Langton

Gilly Langton is a contemporary jewellery designer. She runs her business from the remote Highland village of Plockton on the West Coast of Scotland. Gilly sells and exhibs in galleries, museums and fairs all over the world. She has created exclusive collections of jewellery for the British Museum, London and The Lowry, Salford as well as showing her collections of jewellery at London Fashion Week.

Naomi McIntosh

Exhibiting: 17–20 September 2017 / Decorex / F2

Naomi McIntosh

Naomi McIntosh is a designer and maker with an architectural background. She is interested in how objects relate to the body. She manipulates surfaces to create sculptural objects. She thinks of the pieces as works that are ‘Wearable Drawings’ and uses planes and lines to suggest forms and capture volumes, transforming 2D surfaces into 3D objects. With precise geometry her pieces investigate how volumes, patterns, planes and forms are seen.

David Watson

Exhibiting: 21–24 September 2017 / London Design Fair / Hall T5 / Stand K02

David Watson

David Watson is a designer and maker of fine furniture. From his workshop in Inverclyde, David and his team of skilled craftsmen manufacture furniture and furnishings. David draws inspiration from the Inverclyde area and its rich history of pioneering industrial manufacturing. He is also fascinated with the way timber has been incorporated throughout the years in precision engineering.

Jonathan Rose

Exhibiting: 21 – 24 September 2017 / London Design Fair / L02 Hall T3-C

Jonathan Rose

Jonathan is an engineer at heart and loves to solve problems hands on. His passion is designing and developing contemporary furniture for our current world. He wants to make quality and function accessible. His approach is progressive and he welcomes ideas from many sources: historical and contemporary, established and emerging, traditional and modern, student and master. Experimentation and passion are at the heart of Jonathan Rose’s design process. He works to commission as well as designing for small batch production runs.


Exhibiting: Decorex / H19

Established by craftsmen Derek Wilson and John Galvin, Faolchú is a Scottish furniture company devoted to producing beautiful and timeless pieces distinguished by exceptional craftsmanship. Through their work they hope to show the essence and forms that constitutes our design approach. Instilled in every handcrafted piece produced in their Glasgow workshop is a respect and understanding of the materials used, a consideration to the function of furniture in our daily lives and a dedication to superior quality, ensuring a long life. All of their work is handmade using traditional methods with innovative technique and thinking by a small group of skilled craftsmen, guided by head designer Derek Wilson. Many Faolchú pieces are hand sculpted and are all hand finished, processes that connects the craftsman furthermore to their work.

Scotland: Craft & Design Pavilion

Exhibiting: 21 – 24 September 2017 / London Design Fair / First Floor / Hall T4-A

Craft Pavilion

The Scotland: Craft & Design Pavilion returns with a stellar showcase of the best makers working in Scotland today. The pavilion champions the innovative spirit, exceptional craftsmanship and world-class reputation of Scottish craft.

Explore inventive and unorthodox glass sculptures alongside carefully crafted ceramics. Revel in bold textiles and multimedia pieces, rejoice in meticulously designed furniture and bask in the glow of beautiful lighting. The Pavilion will debut new and fascinating work from Scottish makers in an international show exclusive.

Craft Scotland and Emergents are thrilled to present this second country showcase. Once more, the pavilion will feature a custom-made stand designed by award-winning Scottish design studio, GRAS. They won the prestigious Grand Prix award at The Drum’s Scottish Design Awards for the Scotland: Craft & Design 2016 pavilion design.

Craft Scotland is the national development agency for craft. It works to unite, inspire and champion craft through creating opportunities for makers and audiences. Emergents is a community interest company that aims to support the development of creative careers, enterprise and the economy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond. Both Craft Scotland & Emergents are supported by Creative Scotland. Emergents is funded by HIE (through European ERDF funds).

  • Bespoke Atelier (Paper, Glasgow)
  • Carrie Fertig (Glass, Edinburgh)
  • Fiona Byrne-Sutton (Ceramics, Glasgow)
  • Harry Morgan (Mixed-Media, Edinburgh)
  • Heather Shields (Textiles, Glasgow)
  • Hilary Grant (Textiles, Orkney)
  • Hynd & Halliday (Furniture, Edinburgh)
  • Jonathan Pang (Furniture, Edinburgh)
  • Juli Bolaños-Durman (Glass, Edinburgh)
  • Kate Colin (Paper, Glasgow)
  • Lynne MacLachlan (Mixed Media, Bishopton)
  • Mariam Syed (Textiles, Glasgow)
  • Namon Gaston (Furniture, Cousland)
  • Patricia Shone (Ceramics, Ardvasar)
  • Shaun Fraser (Glass, Inverness)
  • Tom Pigeon (Other, Arncroach)
  • Yellow Broom (Furniture, Grantown-on-Spey).

The London Design Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city between the 16-24 September 2017. Find more information on the festival's website.

This article was published on 20 Sep 2017