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Flock 2017

Jonathan Rose Design is showing at Flock Fringe this year in partnership with Belinda Rose Weave and Buchanan Food. On show is a new collection of Christmas Textiles, the Attentive Collection of furniture and some tempting treats from Buchanan Food, all at the Colour Bothy, Hirn.

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Flock Fringe is a new idea. It expands the reach of Flock to people working nearby in their own studios. Two venues are participating: The Colour Bothy and Heckleburn.

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Scottish Furniture Makers annual exhibition

This year the Scottish Furniture Makers Association  annual show is being held at Custom Lane, Leith. I will be showing my Attentive chairs and stools in partnership with 17 other independent furniture makers from the association.

Sat 4th – Sun 12th November
Admission Free

Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 9am-5pm
Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Sundays: 11am-4pm


Exhibitors include

Janie Morris, Anna Nichols, Angus Richardson, Digby Morrow, Adrian McCurdy, Max McCance, Micheala Huber, George Potter, Daniel Lacey, Jonathan Pang, Stephen Finch, Chris Scotland, Gavin Robertson, Alan Dalgety, Angus Ross, Ross Samson and Simon Whatley

Here are some pictures of the show




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Edinburgh Exhibition


here are some pictures from the show.

IMG_3546working out how best to arrange things









this corner looks about right – the red chair hides that ugly plug socket but we can’t do much about the ceiling piping. These pieces can be used to try out before they are purchased.








this side shows the prices and each piece on a plinth – not to be sat in!









Here is a most discerning visitor. She appreciate the design and functionality. Modern living at its most candid.


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thoughts for the spring

Winter reading included a revisit of Gareth Williams ‘The Furniture Machine – furniture since 1990’ (V&A publications 2006) which reminded me of the giant forces that are out there influencing taste in furniture. This book tracks the development of several celebrity designers, who Williams terms as part of an egosystem, and have design thinking. Take Jurgen Bey and his tree trunk bench at €12,500. He was experimenting with the meaning of furniture rather than the practicalities of it. He made a statement that it is ridiculous to transport trees when they are available locally, so you only get three bronze chair backs for your money.

Gaetano Pesce made a piece that fulfilled all the demands of furniture in a new family home. Child proof, colourful, comfortable and easy to move. Donna is a polyurethane foam product made at a time when pop art was at its zenith and new materials in vogue. In fact this one came virtually flatpack – it could be vacuum compressed to only 10% of its volume. Manufactured by Cassina and Busnelli in 1969 with a reissue in 2000 it featured in Big Brother in 2002.

Continuing to explore the design possibilities for Attentive, there are now six different backs, designed as part of a set for a kitchen table and with continued influence from the Omega workshops of Christopher Fry, Bauhaus and from Mediaeval Spain. The Alcazar Palace in Seville had some stunning images, crafted in wood and ceramics, the source of three of these backs. The veneers and copper for Attentive are cut by Laser through Heritage Inlays in Brighton.

Technology plays its part in progressing design and I’m sure is one of the forces that Gareth Williams talks about.

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