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Baton passed from past to present in Scottish Design Relay

V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee has launched a national project inspired by a selection of objects that will be displayed in the new museum when it opens in 2018.

The Scottish Design Relay begins in Dundee in August before travelling to Orkney, Caithness, Shetland, Govan, and Aberdeen.

Groups of young people will work with local designers and be introduced to an object with a link to their community.

The new designs and prototypes will be displayed in the V&A Dundee museum.

Orkney ChairImage copyrightV&A / ORKNEY LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Image captionThe local objects include a 100-year-old hooded Orkney chair

The local objects include a model of the Dounreay Fast Reactor, a 100-year-old hooded Orkney chair, and a Fair Isle jumper once worn by the commander in chief of the British Home Forces.

The Govan leg of the relay includes a “Clutha” vase designed by Christopher Dresser and made with trademark bubbles and streaks by Glasgow glass-makers James Couper & Sons.

The Aberdeen group will study an enamelled plaque by James Cromar Watt, an architect and jeweller of the Scottish arts and crafts movement.

Dounreay Fast ReactorImage copyrightCAITHNESS HORIZONS MUSEUM
Image captionA model of the Dounreay Fast Reactor will be shown to the group in Caithness

Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee, said: “The Scottish Design Relay highlights just how special and varied this collection will be and, even more excitingly, has the potential to inspire a new generation of designers.

“The new prototypes produced by the young people will be displayed in the museum, providing a great opportunity for everyone who visits V&A Dundee to see the vibrancy of Scotland’s design future.”

Mhairi Maxwell, the museum’s project coordinator, said: “V&A Dundee will celebrate Scotland’s design achievements and this project is a great opportunity to help inspire the young designers of the future.

“At each stage of the Scottish Design Relay those taking part will define a problem and come up with a solution after being guided through the design process.

“This is a real opportunity to connect young people to their design heritage and create something that could have a positive impact on their community.”

Fair Isle jumperImage copyrightV&A
Image captionThe Fair Isle jumper was once worn by General Sir Walter Kirke, commander in chief of the British Home Forces