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On 15th September, Scotland’s first ever dedicated design museum will be opening on our doorstep.
The renowned institution that is the V&A has chosen Dundee to home its sister site within the most fabulous, new, purpose-built museum perched on the shores of the River Tay, putting Dundee firmly on the design map.
September is already a thrilling month for us at AUTHOR as it is filled with design weeks and trade fairs. It was in September of last year, during the buzz of London Design Week, that AUTHOR launched at Black’s private members club in Soho.
Decorex, London Design Fair, 100% Design – you name it, it’s all happening during September in London throughout the world of interiors and design. We cannot wait to be in hustle and bustle of it all later this month. Nevertheless, as an ambassador for the city of Dundee, AUTHOR’s founder, Jane Adams, is thoroughly excited to celebrate design a little closer to home.
Dundee has a rich and diverse history in science, creativity and design. Once known as the city of “jute, jam and journalism,” it is now a centre for digital technologies, particularly video gaming. In fact, 10% of the UK’s digital-entertainment industry originates from Dundee. It’s no wonder why the city was recognised by the United Nations as Great Britain’s first UNESCO City of Design in 2014 for its developments in medical research, comics and video games.
The creative scene has always thrived in Dundee, especially with the distinguished Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. However, now with the V&A Dundee opening and the £1 billion transformation of the Dundee City Waterfront area that stretches 8 kilometres along the banks of the River Tay, Dundee is getting the international recognition that it has so long deserved.
The V&A Dundee will explore Scotland’s design and craft heritage and is being described as a ‘living room for the city’- a welcoming place for everyone to socialise, a true testament to Dundee’s and even Scotland’s renowned friendliness and hospitality. The building was designed by award-winning Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, following an international competition, and designed to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face in a way to reconnect the city to its historic waterfront.
This museum is pivotal to Scottish Art and Design and for future British designers and artists to come. We are so excited to see design being given this marvellous Dundee home in which to flourish; it truly is inspiring and the AUTHOR team will be throwing themselves fully into the celebrations of the opening weekend.
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All images by Ross Fraser McLean.
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