We’ve always appreciated the wealth of design talent here in Scotland but when you put some of the great names down on paper in one place, it blows our minds. From fashion and interiors to sculptures and graphics, here's the i-on Breakthrough Awards 2017 shortlist. Remember, you've only got until Monday 10 July 2017 to vote for your favourite so do it now. You'll be entered into a prize draw to win a magnum of Brut Reserve Taittinger Champagne, courtesy of Vino Wines, for the privilege...
Ashire is luxury lifestyle accessories brand launched by award-winning industrial designer Scott Bradford. Sourcing and designing the product range using the finest Scottish materials combined with first class Italian craftsmanship is a key strength of the brand. One of the biggest successes has seen the Ashire product range stocked within a prestigious global luxury hotel group.
Banton Frameworks design and manufacture spectacles and sunglasses. The UK eyewear industry was once a thousand factories strong. Now only a handful remain and they want to inspire change by taking the design process all the way through to manufacturing the glasses from their workshop in Glasgow. Eyewear designed well. Made well. Here.
ilka is a brand new creative studio run by Laura Service and Lisa Adamson based in Glasgow. Graphic designers by trade, the studio works in a range of disciplines from textile design to art direction, interiors and graphic design, pushing the boundaries of what a classic design studio offers. The biggest success to date is the redesign of WEST’s brewery tour, making the space and the format of the tour more engaging and inviting to customers.
Lynsey Jean Henderson
From her design studio Lynsey designs and creates hand-painted art for commercial and private design projects. Her biggest successes to date are having her work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London as part of the UKRaine Exhibition and being instrumental in designing the art and brand identity for The Boozy Cow bar and restaurant chain.
Mairi launched her textiles label ‘Mairi Helena’ last summer, supported by a Scottish Enterprise ‘By Design’ grant. With a unique way of combining her own photography of Scotland, she creates bold, colourful textiles. She was a winner of 'Bridgman Furniture' Design Cushion Competition for Chelsea Flower Show in April 2017 amongst many achievements.
Old School Fabrications
Old School Fabrications (OSF) is a team of design and build specialists, making objects, interiors and structures for creative and commercial clients. Scott Laverie and Neville Rae, graduates from Scottish Art Schools, share a common interest in good design and innovative uses of materials. Working from an abandoned old school in rural East Lothian, OSF now employs five full-time members of staff and work on an incredible portfolio of projects around the UK and Europe.
With a first class degree in Fashion Design and an MA in Design History and after working in London for designers including Vivienne Westwood and Hardy Amies of Savile Row, Rory set up his own label in 2013. He began selling bow ties from a market stall on London’s Brick Lane before the label was quickly picked up by luxury department stores Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly and Brown Thomas of Dublin.
Shapes of Things
Jamie Bruski Tetsill has shaped the business from the ground up into the growing kids brand it is today, driven by his innovative ideas and unending passion for his company. After graduating with an MA in Fashion from Central St Martins College, London, he launched a womenswear label, before switching focus to the children’s market in 2012. Jamie designs with an educational thought process but also enjoys the freedom to think like a kid and have fun with it. Sells globally at 45 stockists.
Having set up brand Warped Textiles in 2014, Chantal Allen dedicates herself to the practice of weaving. After qualifying as a woven textile designer in 2001 from The Glasgow School of Art, she took a sabbatical and worked in a silk mill in Bangalore, India, for a year to immerse herself in the skills. She designs and weaves her fabrics for soft furnishings and accessories, using local mills here in Scotland to produce exceptional quality products and tactile soft furnishings.