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Scottish Designers Worth Looking Out For

Scotland’s rich history of producing some famous names has had their inventions becoming commonplace in the typical household.

Things continue to look bright in Scotland, especially 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:

Mairi Helena

Drawing inspiration from a photographic portfolio of Scotland, Edinburgh based Mairi Helena designs high-end luxury home accessories, featuring 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.”

Angus Ross

Angus Ross is an award-winning designer based in Aberfeldy, seeking to create items in celebration of the traditional craft skills that go into fine furniture making. One of his most iconic pieces is arguably the Stable Stool, which features a single length of oak or ash steamed and bent round a former so as to create a very strong rocker which is very effective too.

Jennifer Gray

Edinburgh-based The Glasgow School of Art and Royal College Art graduate, Jennifer Gray, makes use of traditional hand-carving methods enhanced by looking into emerging digital technologies to create an outstanding collection of jewellery pieces and objects that are 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.”

Johanna Basford

A Textile Design graduate of the Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Johanna Basford started her own studio where she hand-printed wallpaper along with a small selection of home accessories. Today the illustrator and ink evangelist’s illustrations are featured everywhere, from tattoos to beer labels and even colouring books – wallpaper too, of course.

Eliza Kesuma

Having lived and worked in Scotland for more than a decade, Jakarta-born Eliza Kesuma is now the creative engine behind Moody Monday, a screenprinting 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 & Silvia Perez

Rose Black and Silvia Perez operate 10kH Ten Thousand Hours, an upholstery business which is based in Glasgow. The pair’s business allows them to learn new skills and gives them the freedom to express their creativeness 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 so many options to work with along with the scene looking so bright, the typical fitted kitchen Glasgow interior designers and homeowners will want to go for can make for a true expression of their unique style.