Local Heroes at Edinburgh Airport 2016

Photo: Future Positive Studio

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.

Warriors Studio

Local Heroes commissioned Warriors Studio to design a contemporary interpretation of a classic souvenir poster. Nummer Wans is a way to say ‘number ones’ in west coast Scottish dialect, the poster champions Scottish inventions, discoveries, innovation and design. 

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Gabriella Marcella (RISOTTO)

Glasgow based designer, Gabriella Marcella, founder and director of RISOTTO, was commissioned to design and produce a set of tropical beach towels. Each is intended to be a vibrant poolside companion: there are three exclusive designs to choose from that will add a distinctive touch to your beach presence.

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Rebecca Torres

Glasgow based designer Rebecca Torres was commissioned by Local Heroes to create a unique souvenir that celebrated design and travel. Her limited-edition one shoulder swimsuit is titled Axis. The upper section features intersecting brightly coloured triangles overlaid onto cornflower blue fabric while the lower section is a vivid solid yellow, the swimsuit is finished with a side panel of black mesh.

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For Local Heroes, Trakke designed and produced the Fingal and Assynt 12 – two new backpacks in bright blue waxed cotton fabric. Based in Glasgow, Trakke is known for designing equipment that is durable, versatile and uses time-tested materials and components to create bags that thrive out in the wild – equipment that blurs the line between kit and companion.

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Instrmnt, a design studio founded by Pete Sunderland and Ross Baynham, present a special edition of their minimalist watch presented in bespoke risograph packaging. Inspired by the way our belongings are often reassembled while in transit, Instrmnt collaborated with RISOTTO studio to imagine the contents of their Instrmnt 01-D through the eyes of the airport x-ray machine.

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Laura Spring

Local Heroes commissioned textile designer and maker Laura Spring to design a travel themed product that would highlight her trademark love for colour, print, pattern and process. The result is the Arrow Travel Pouch, a screen printed cotton cosmetics bag with a hand-stamped leather zip puller and waterproof lining.

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Tom Pigeon

Inspired by the colours of summer, Totem 006 by Tom Pigeon is an exclusive neckpiece designed for Local Heroes. Tomato red resin sits beside bright brass and clean white marble Corian; crisp glass-effect acrylic and mint cotton cord – a playful combination of textures, materials, and shapes.

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Hilary Grant

For Local Heroes, Hilary Grant have designed a lambswool travel blanket inspired by rhythm, mirroring and colour theory and the knitting traditions of Scotland and its neighbouring Nordic countries. The blankets are intended to help travellers stay warm during flights, boat crossings and other adventures.

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Karen Mabon

For Local Heroes, Karen Mabon has designed an umbrella and sunshade illustrated with distinctive hand-drawn dancers on each panel which employs a summery, sorbet inspired colour palette. The slim, classic umbrella is a completely new product for Karen, who is known around the world primarily for her silk and cashmere scarves.

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