Shopping for Form and Function with The Gin Palace collective and GOOD-D

Shopping for Form and Function

Ahead of Glasgow International, two neighbouring pop-up exhibitions appeared in the city to explore the links between art and commercial design. Kirstin Innes went rooting about in them...

Over the weekend of Friday 9 to Sunday 11 April, two pop-up exhibitions/shops opened up in the disused shopfront space of 12 Frederick Street in the city centre. Meaning… was run by Merchant City design haven GOOD-D, moving temporarily up the road from their more permanent home at 11 James Morrison Street, and rather than sculpture or painting, they exhibited furniture: ‘the kind of furniture you’d invest in, pass down to your children, take in to your home and make part of your family,’ explained GOOD-D’s Thomas Russell. On a smaller scale, Details To Follow, run by highly hip design collective The Gin Palace, showcased some of the most exciting fashion, jewellery and interior design currently being made by Glasgow-based designers. ‘Everything we show has a function, and is a commercial product, as well as having aesthetic value,’ explained co-organiser Leah Black.

Although the shows are over, many items are still available to buy. For further information, see www.good-d.com/pages/ exhibitions.html and www.theginpalacecollective.blogspot.com

De La Warr Pavilion Chair, by Barber
Osgeby for Established & Sons
Seen at GOOD-D, £575, for shop details,
visit www.good-d.com

This is already something of a contemporary classic. It was designed to be used both in and outdoors (at the De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex), and also to be viewed, as most chairs usually are, from behind, tucked under a table.

Brooch by Lauren Wethers
Seen at The Gin Palace, price available from designer, www.laurenwethers.com
Wethers’ jewellery is inspired by the aesthetics of Glasgow tenement living: the intertwining of nature and old architecture. As well as this tenement brooch, we like the hanging pendants shaped like gable windows.

Fold Lamp by Alexander Taylor for Established & Sons
Seen at GOOD-D, £495.00, for shop details, visit www.good-d.com
While this lamp has a classic, standard-lamp silhouette, close up it’s a very contemporary piece made of steel with braided fabric wire.

Kabloom Seedboms
Seen at The Gin Palace, £9.95, available from www.kabloom.co.uk
Straight out of Glasgow’s South Side, these ‘friendly bombs’ are full of compost and wildflower seeds, and designed as part of the guerrilla gardening movement that’s been brightening up the Dear Green Place’s dear green places on the sly.

Oscar armchair, by Matthew Hilton for SCP
Seen at GOOD-D, price £1715. For shop details, visit www.good-d.com
Like all the pieces in Meaning…, this chair has a classic shape, with modern details and fabrics elevating it into something new. ‘We liked that it strikes a balance between a traditional homely piece and an up-to-date design work,’ says Russell.

Monster Bowl
Seen at The Gin Palace, £14, buy from www.juliasmithceramics.com
Govan-based ceramicist Julia Smith has been a List favourite for a while, mostly because her lovely, functional ceramics all have a wickedly cheeky sense of humour about them.

Fun Makes Good Cushion
Seen at The Gin Palace, £45, available from www.funmakesgood.co.uk
Fun Makes Good is run by GSA graduate Eleanor Young, a textile designer and upholsterer who reworks and recycles discarded furniture. These cushions are silk-screened from vintage button designs.

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