Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at LDF 2017

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Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at London Design Fair 2017

Craft Scotland and Emergents are thrilled to be returning to London Design Fair in September 2017 with our second presentation of the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion. After debating the incredibly high-calibre of submissions during the selection panel, we are excited to introduce you to the makers whose work will be showcased on the 2017 pavilion.

The talented makers who have been selected work across ceramics, lighting, glass, mixed media, furniture and textiles. When you visit our pavilion you will discover the inventive and unorthodox glass sculptures of Carrie Fertig, Shaun Fraser, Juli Bolaños-Durman and Harry Morgan, alongside carefully crafted ceramics from Fiona Byrne-Sutton and Patricia Shone. We’re debuting furniture by Hynd and Halliday and new and fascinating work from Bespoke Atelier, Tom Pigeon and Inches Carr Trust bursary winner Lynne MacLachlan. Revel in bold textiles by Heather Shields, Hilary Grant and Mariam Syed, rejoice in meticulously designed furniture by Jonathan Pang and Namon Gaston, and bask in the glow of beautiful lighting by Yellow Broom and Kate Colin.

Come and see our selection of innovative design-led Scottish craft at the London Design Fair, the four-day industry event that is the highlight of the annual London Design Festival. We’ll be building on the success of our first showcase in 2016, featuring a multidisciplinary selection of the best makers working in Scotland today presented on an innovative stand designed by Scottish design studio, GRAS.

Located in the creative heart of East London, the London Design Fair brings together 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions and galleries. It attracts over 27,000 influential retailer buyers, architects, interior designers, press, designers and design-savvy public. Exhibitors showcase furniture, lighting, interior textiles, materials and conceptual installations from around the world.

The event is held at the Old Truman Brewery and runs Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017. The first two days of London Design Fair are designed for trade buyers with the final two days being open to the public and trade.

In 2016 the reception for the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion was immense. The makers and the pavilion generated media coverage in the Guardian, Financial Times, Crafts Magazine and Elle Decoration, to name a few. Following the show, over half of our makers reported press coverage, made links with new buyers and stockists, and more than a third gained new gallery representation.

Discover more about our selected makers and their work:

The selection panel:

  • Jimmy Macdonald: Founder and Director, London Design Fair (Tent London & Super Brands London)
  • Jo Scott: Project Manager, Craft Scotland
  • Pamela Conacher: Director, Emergents
  • Dr Stacey Hunter: Design curator and Director of Local Heroes



Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

Inspiration comes from Fair Isle knitting and the traditional rules of pattern-making. Hilary designs each scarf, hat, mitten and blanket stitch by stitch through a contemporary and graphic lens yet with a reassuring rhythm and meter.


(Images: Shannon Tofts)

Patricia Shone’s work is informed by the landscape around her on the Isle of Skye where she has lived and worked for 22 years. Born in Scotland but growing up in South West England the development of her work has run in parallel with her search for a sense of place and of belonging.

The erosion of the hills, by climate and by human intervention, creates patterns of texture reflected by those in her stretched clay work. She make functional forms, bowls, jars, boxes, because they are innately human vessels; trying to achieve tension between the spontaneous textures and the formality of the vessel form.
The pieces are made by hand building and throwing, texturing, stretching, carving. She uses various firing processes, raku, wood, and saggar, giving wide and subtle ranges of colour and density to the finished pieces.


Shaun’s work comments upon notions of identity, links to landscape and connections with ‘place’. The Highlands and Islands are a constant source of inspiration for him. It’s where he’s from, it’s where he was brought up and it’s never far from his mind. There’s a certain sense of fidelity which Shaun attaches to the Highlands, a sense of belonging. It’s raw and it’s emotive; it’s elemental.

What Shaun attempts to do through my practice is to tap into some of that disposition. Including peat and local soils into my glass castings gives the work an innate link to the landscape, something which he believes to be very important in my practice, the ability to evoke that sense of place.



Yellow Broom are a small two-person collaboration consisting of makers David Robson and Clare Waddle, their studio sits quietly within the Cairngorm National Park. Carefully they co-design and make by hand a range of well-crafted, aesthetically pleasing, utilitarian wooden lighting.

Yellow Broom as makers have a wealth of experience in visual art, construction and design. They place a strong value on quality materials, simplicity and good craftsmanship.

Where possible their timber is locally sourced and can be traced back to its original location. Yellow Broom value sustainability and are proud to create products with a zero waste approach to production.



Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017

Trade only days: Thursday 21 to Friday 22 September 2017

Trade and Public days: Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 September 2017

Address: Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR

Follow Craft Scotland on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #scotcraftdesign and #LDNdesignfair to get the up-to-the-minute details.

Image at top of page: Harry Morgan. Image credit: Shannon Tofts