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Draw in­spi­ra­tion from great Scot­tish de­sign at the new V&A DUNDEE

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The Scot­tish De­sign Gal­leries are at the heart of the new V&A Dundee; the first in the world ded­i­cated to telling the ex­tra­or­di­nary story of Scot­tish de­sign. This unique col­lec­tion con­tains a wide range of beau­ti­ful and in­no­va­tive ob­jects, from fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles, met­al­work and ce­ram­ics, to fash­ion, ar­chi­tec­ture, en­gi­neer­ing and dig­i­tal de­sign. ‘The in­flu­ence of Scot­tish de­sign is not limited to one coun­try, it has been felt around the world,’ said Joanna Nor­man, act­ing head of re­search at the V&A and lead cu­ra­tor of the Scot­tish De­sign Gal­leries. As part of this, V&A Dundee has ap­pointed a num­ber of ‘de­sign cham­pi­ons’ from across Scot­land. Here are three whose work is so joy­ous that you should own some of it.

Scott Jarvie

From Glas­gow, Scott Jarvie stud­ied at the city’s Col­lege of Build­ing and Print­ing, be­fore head­ing to Ed­in­burgh and grad­u­at­ing with first class hon­ours in prod­uct de­sign at Napier Univer­sity’s School of De­sign and Me­dia Arts, and be­ing awarded the Univer­sity Medal. He is the man be­hind Delupo, an in­de­pen­dent lux­ury fur­ni­ture com­pany yet a dish drainer cre­ated for Lake­land re­mains one of the de­signs of which he feels most proud: ‘We were able to em­bed a great deal of in­no­va­tive func­tion­al­ity in a sim­ple moulded prod­uct.’

Kevin Gauld

The Orkney Fur­ni­ture Maker, Kevin Gauld, pro­duces hand­made tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture as well as cre­at­ing unique de­signs deeply rooted in his is­land home, pro­duc­ing tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture and mak­ing his own new pieces. ‘Ever since I was a child, I have been mak­ing things from wood; and in or­der to make some­thing new, we first have to de­sign,’ he said. ‘I love the story be­hind the Orkney chair; how it talks of peo­ple, place and time. To­day it is recog­nised as a de­sign clas­sic.’

Nikki McWil­liams

What Andy Warhol did to Camp­bell’s soup, Nikki McWil­liams does to bis­cuits. She is cre­ative di­rec­tor, founder and chief bis­cuit sam­pler at Nikki McWil­liams Ltd. Nikki stud­ied fine art at Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Dundee, be­fore go­ing on to cre­ate her own home ware and ac­ces­sories la­bel in 2009. Her de­signs are in­spired by a love of British cul­ture, con­tem­po­rary pop-art and her fas­ci­na­tion with the rit­ual of the tea break, with some nos­tal­gia lov­ingly added to the mix.

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