This article has been written with the support of V&A Dundee.

Scottish Design Relay highlights the vibrancy of Scotland's design future

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A new generation of designers have taken on the Scottish Design Relay in the run up to V&A Dundee's grand opening

Last year, V&A Dundee kicked off the Scottish Design Relay, a national project inspired by a selection of objects visitors will see when the new museum opens in September. Over a period of eight months, teams of young people from six areas around Scotland were tasked with taking inspiration from an object in the V&A collection, working with local designers to develop and create prototype designs for display in the museum.

The first team, employees from Michelin's Dundee factory, were asked to develop a design related to travel and exploration, using the Dundee-built RRS Discovery as a starting point. With Dundee-based designer Kevin Fox on hand to help, the team created a polar bear alarm system to protect explorers from deadly attacks.

The relay's second leg took place in Orkney where participants studied an Orkney chair designed by David Kirkness. In Caithness, a detailed model of the Dounreay Fast Reactor was used as inspiration, while in Shetland, it was a Fair Isle jumper worn for golfing by General Sir Walter Kirke, and in Govan, a 'Clutha' vase designed by Christopher Dresser. Finally, in Aberdeen the focus was on an enamelled plaque from the V&A's collection by Aberdonian James Cromar Watt.

'The Scottish Design Relay highlights just how special and varied this collection will be and, even more excitingly, has the potential to inspire a new generation of designers,' explains Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee. 'The new prototypes produced by the young people will be displayed in the museum, providing a great opportunity for everyone who visits V&A Dundee to see the vibrancy of Scotland's design future.'

V&A Dundee

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V&A Dundee is part of the £1bn regeneration programme of Dundee Waterfront, and it's one of the largest and busiest art and design hubs in the country. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma won the competition in 2010, and construction began in March 2015.