Young Product Designer of the year
Scottish Design Exchange’s inaugural Young Product Designer of the Year competition attracted some of Scotland’s brightest young talents (aged 16 to 25) and proved that innovation in product design is alive and well in Scotland – from self-assembly jewellery to windproof jackets made from parachutes the entries were varied and stunning.
Organised in 2018 to coincide with Scotland’s Year of Young People, the competition was designed to spark the creativity of our young people and encourage them to think big. With a first prize to include £1000 cash to develop their product and 12 months commission-free retail space at the Scottish Design Exchange stores in Ocean Terminal (Edinburgh) and Buchanan Galleries (Glasgow) as well as online, the incentives were substantial.
In the end, there had to be one clear winner. Scott Crawford impressed the judges with his visionary approach and collection of beautifully designed homeware products. Having finished his studies in Glasgow’s famous School of Art in 2017, Scott is on a determined mission to bring a minimalist approach to Scottish design.
At college, he had experimented with a number of concepts and materials until he found his style. His winning collection is a set of imaginative, sustainable homeware and jewellery products – all made from traditional Scottish materials and inspired by minimalism.
Scott Crawford – taking Scottish design into the future
In the words of Mike Stevenson, judge of the competition, chair of SDX and founder of Thinktastic,
“Scott strikes me as a highly intelligent young designer. I loved his vision of pushing Scottish design into the future. His products really are beautiful, original and when you learn they are inspired by scottish coastal architecture it makes you realise that he is a young man in touch with his environment and with a strong, purposeful approach to design.
I can see his products becoming must haves in many Scottish homes.”
The items all have clean lines and rich textures and are made with materials such as parian clay and jesmonite to give each product a smooth finish.
Scott’s inspiration comes from Scottish coastal landscapes, brutalist architecture and Scandinavian minimalism with his focus always on utility and simplicity. He is part of a new wave of Scottish designers who are breaking with the stereotypical idea of Scottish style.
Corrugate Soap Dish
Scott is currently immersed in the creation of his pieces, but with a strong focus on updating Scottish design he never stops experimenting for future collections.
You can follow his work through his site and Social Media.
Since the competition, several Media have shown interest in Scott's story:
'Award for Aberdeen art school graduate', Evening Express, 18/05/2019
'Aberdeen art graduate wins prize which could springboard him into new career', Press and journal, 15/05/2019
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