This article has been written with the support of V&A Dundee.
Scottish Design Relay highlights the vibrancy of Scotland's design future
- Arusa Qureshi
- 8 June 2018
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.'