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London Design Fair: an insight

Creative Edinburgh members GRAS talk us through how they framed 17 designers for Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at London Design Fair 2017

Creative Edinburgh members GRAS talk us through how they framed 17 designers for Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at London Design Fair 2017.

Following the standout success of Scotland: Craft & Design Pavilion at the 2016 London Design Fair, this year Craft Scotland again chose to team up with Emergents to present the work of a multidisciplinary selection of the best makers working in Scotland today. 17 Scotland based designer/makers exhibited their work across ceramics, lighting, glass, mixed media, furniture and textiles. The selection included multi award winning designers, makers for clients including Zaha Hadid, Deutchse Bank, The V&A and Selfridges.

GRAS promised the Scotland: Craft & Design Pavilion another stunning yet understated centrepiece at the London Design Fair underlining the quality of the work on show. The inverse of last year’s exhibition, the design took the form of a 'skeletal' metal frame to create picturesque scenes for each artist. The steel frames were customised to each artist and created a boundary encapsulating each piece or pieces. The frames were joined to create a continuous structure which lightly floated within the room, allowing viewers to move in and out of the space - becoming part of the exhibition itself. With 60 frames to choose from, there are varying dimensions and heights that could fit alternative exhibitions thus allowing for the framework to be re-usable and recyclable in the future elsewhere.

Visitors to the pavilion discovered the inventive and unorthodox glass sculptures of Shaun Fraser, Juli Bolaños-Durman and Harry Morgan, alongside stunning ceramics from Fiona Byrne-Sutton and Patricia Shone. New furniture was debuted by Hynd and Halliday (a bold new ceramics and furniture partnership) and there was an opportunity to see new and fascinating work from Bespoke Atelier, Tom Pigeon and Inches Carr Trust bursary winner Lynne MacLachlan.

Vibrant textiles by Heather Shields, Hilary Grant and Mariam Syed were on show and furniture perfectionists Jonathan Pang and Namon Gaston presented their latest pieces. Sculptural lighting designers Yellow Broom and Kate Colin were joined by glass artist Carrie Fertig in presenting their unique lighting solutions.

Find out more about GRAS' work here.

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