Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at London Design Fair 2017

Craft Scotland and Emergents were thrilled to return to London Design Fair in September 2017 with our second presentation of the Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion. 

Image: Harry Morgan. Image credit: Shannon Tofts

The talented makers who were selected have work across ceramics, lighting, glass, mixed media, furniture and textiles. The pavilion included 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 debuted furniture by Hynd and Halliday and new and fascinating work from Bespoke Atelier, Tom Pigeon and Inches Carr Trust bursary winner Lynne MacLachlan. There was a selection of bold textiles by Heather Shields, Hilary Grant and Mariam Syed, meticulously designed furniture by Jonathan Pang and Namon Gaston, and beautiful lighting by Yellow Broom and Kate Colin.

London Design Fair, is a four-day industry event that is the highlight of the annual London Design Festival. We  built on the success of our first showcase in 2016 and featured 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 was at the Old Truman Brewery and ran from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017. The first two days of London Design Fair were designed for trade buyers with the final two days were open to the public and trade.

Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion at London Design Fair 2017

Below are some images from the Scotland: Craft & Design Pavilion at London Design Fair 2017:

Photo Credits: Craft Scotland and Emergents. Image credit Ellie Morag.


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis


Photo: Craft Scotland and Emergents / Image credit: Geraint Lewis

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.



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Scotland: Craft & Design presented by Craft Scotland & Emergents, September 2016

The Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion, presented by Craft Scotland & Emergents/XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion & Textiles, launched at London Design Fair on Thursday 22 September 2016. Our pavilion showcased the best of contemporary Scottish craft and design including ceramics, lighting, jewellery, glass, furniture, textiles, and more.

The Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion was an initiative between Craft Scotland, the national agency for craft, and Emergents, a community interest company supporting the development of creative careers, enterprise and the economy in the Highlands and Islands. This was the first time Scotland has had a country pavilion at the prestigious London Design Fair.

22 makers from around Scotland were selected by an industry panel to be part of the showcase. It was amazing to see visitors to the pavilion engaging with Scottish craft makers and learning more about the inspiration and provenance behind their work. On display, amongst others, were the geometric patterns of Catherine MacGruer’s soft merino textiles and Lizzie Farey’s organic sculptural forms in willow. Striking hand-built vessels by ceramicist Lara Scobie sat alongside contemporary vernacular furniture by Kevin Gauld, the Orkney Furniture Maker, and utilitarian wooden lighting from Yellow Broom.

See images from the designers who participated here: and read more about them on the Craft Scotland website

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Discover more about our selected makers and their work, and get an insight in to each maker on the Craft Scotland website:

 Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion is a partnership between craftscotland and Emergents /XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion & Textiles, supported by Creative Scotland, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Makers Films

Emergents/XpoNorth Crafts Fashion and Textiles commissioned a series of short films about the nine Highlands & Islands makers who exhibited at the Scottish Showcase, London Design Fair (including Tent) 2016 from 22nd – 25th September 2016. These films were first shown at the XpoNorth ‘Making Place: Place Making’ showcase which took place on 7 June 2016. Find out more about XpoNorth here:

Thank you to editor Simon Mills, producers Carol Sinclair & Helen Voce and to all of the designer/makers for their hard work and creativity on these films. You can view all films below or here: