Island businessses head for London showcase

Three island interior textiles companies will join over 40 other companies from across Scotland to create a unique one-off exhibition at Clerkenwell Design Week in London from 22-24 May.

For the first time Textiles Scotland and the Scottish Furniture Makers Association (SFMA) will join forces to present the Scottish Furniture and Interiors Exhibition, an event which will see the two vibrant industries showcase cutting-edge product and design capabilities.

Harris Tweed Hebrides, Harris Tweed Textiles both from the Isle of Harris and Scalpay Linen from the Isle of Scalpay will present their designs alongside well-known interior textiles designers and manufacturers such as Timorous Beasties, Calzeat, Begg Scotland, and other internationally-recognised furniture makers such as Method Furniture, Daniel Lacey and John Galvin Design.

In addition, a number of never-seen-before bespoke collaborations between Scottish furniture makers and textiles brands – including Harris Tweed Textiles – as well as Johnstons of Elgin, Clockhouse Furniture, Ralph Christie and Turnberry Rug Works, will be unveiled, created exclusively for the 2012 event.

The design week, situated in Clerkenwell – an area renowned for more architects and interior designers per square mile than anywhere else in the world – is a three-day festival celebrating design’s creative richness, social relevance and technological advancements through an exciting programme of workshops, presentations, product launches and debates.

Cathy Black, Scottish Enterprise said: “Our design-led industries are at the forefront of the quality and luxury market and this exhibition will give us an opportunity to bring a flavour of what Scotland can offer to this ever-growing audience – highlighting our undisputed quality, innovation, creativity and skill.

“We’re excited to be bringing local businesses from the Western Isles to showcase Scottish design at one of the biggest industry events in the world – clearly demonstrating why doing business with Scotland is doing business with the best.”

Last year 24,000 people from the design community, as well as the general public, flocked to Clerkenwell. Now in its third year, the 2012 event looks to be its biggest yet.