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With Scotland’s first designated design museum, the V&A Dundee, opening on our doorstep this month, we wanted to share some inspirational furniture and interior accessories, designed and made by talented artisans in Scotland. Here is the selection from AUTHOR’s founder, Jane Adams:
THE CONE TABLE BY MAX McCANCE
Max McCance is known for his impressive and immaculate designs and his Cone Table is no exception. The inspiration behind the piece is clear with its bulbous, egg-shaped lower part and smoked oak colouring but the attentive and patient assembly that goes into each individual piece is simply extraordinary. There is just nothing like Max’s unique work that combines forms seen in nature with contemporary sculptural elements.
Due to its taller proportions, this table is a perfect height for sitting on top an interesting object or sculpture, making it a focal point in your space. What we love most about this stunning table is that the fumed oak will age wonderfully over time.
THE MONARCH CHAIR BY HUGH PARSONS
This regal beauty is distinctly Scottish in its design and the cultural connection is even stronger given that the chair with the No.1 stamp is on display in a VIP suite at Edinburgh Castle, by special request. The contrast of the tan leather upholstery and ebonised oak frame is exquisite and conveys the deep, earthly tones of the rich Scottish soil and land.
Would you believe that the inspiration for this design was a photograph of a beanbag chair housed in a Highland youth hostel? Inspiration can truly be found in the most wonderful of places.
SONOKELING ROSEWOOD DEEP JAR SPOON BY LOUISE FORBES
Made from Sonokeling, a Rosewood known for its deep, red brown hues, this spoon is delightful to hold. The symmetry and positioning of the grain in each of Louise’s hand carved spoons is no accident, each piece of wood has been carefully selected and it shows.
These are spoons we love to get to know personally, enjoying the way the grain runs along and around the handle or maps the contours of the bowl of the spoon. A well-proportioned size for scooping or dolloping, Louise hand-carves a range of spoons from different timbers in various sizes.
AUTHOR’S OWN TUSK WALL LIGHT
We are very proud of this elegantly shaped wall light as it is a timeless design that lends itself to both contemporary and traditional spaces. Inspired by the rural communities of Scotland, we have collaborated with local metal workers to create this bespoke design that you can’t find on the high street. It is made from hand bent and carved steel and is available in two finishes. A beautiful bronzed finish or hand wrapped in a gorgeous, dark brown, 100% British cowhide bridle leather. These wall lights are made to order so they can have a bespoke finish of your choosing if you would like something truly unique to you.
AUTHOR’S OWN ELLIPSE TABLES
Fabricated with rolled mild steel and painted in tones of bitter chocolate, these Ellipse tables are inspired by the textures we find in the Scottish landscape. The oval shape means that they are convenient to place alongside seating. The smooth, rounded silhouette also means that there are no shin-bashing sharp edges or corners.
They have been designed with a tough, visitor-friendly finish that will endure everyday use. Available in three varying options, a brass plinth can be added to give a light reflective glow underneath or a hammered finish top with delicate brass edging reminding us of a beautiful Scottish honeycomb.
If you would like to discuss any of the designs shown above then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We offer a wide range of bespoke options on our pieces and a range of interior design services.
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