To celebrate their new project The Galvanizers, arts hub SWG3 invited Local Heroes to develop a dynamic and progressive design project at 100 Eastvale Place in Glasgow’s west end.

Love Design at G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

Scotland is home to outstanding design and this February G&V and Local Heroes are proud to present five Scottish designers who have created items perfect for gift giving during the season of love. Each of these special commissions is available for purchase inside the hotel and online.

Local Heroes at Edinburgh Airport 2016

In August 2016 Local Heroes presented a major exhibition of newly commissioned Scottish design souvenirs at Edinburgh Airport. A key part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Local Heroes presented contemporary design to a global audience spanning 120 different locations and three continents. Our exhibition was seen by over 0.5 million people and covered extensively by national and international press including VogueThe Skinny BBC, We Heart,  Design Week,  The Future Laboratory, and  The List.

We commissioned some of Scotland’s most interesting and successful designers to create exclusive products for Local Heroes 2016 which you can view below along with films about each designer. This work collectively represents a striking period of contemporary design in Scotland characterised by a renewed confidence and optimism. Local Heroes leaves behind stereotypes about the Scottish design aesthetic and emphasises the modern approach of contemporary designers who embrace bright colour, dynamic pattern and innovative techniques and materials.

The exhibition and shop featured designers based in Scotland whose work exemplifies outstanding quality, originality and design thinking. A special public programme of design events was produced in partnership with Creative Dundee and Creative Edinburgh.

Scroll down to see each of the nine souvenirs and more about their designers including short films and interviews.