Sightseeing (and scouting) with Scottish designers Briggs & Cole


Glasgow's Gothic Pop

By Wava Carpenter

I've been so on the go, that it's taken me a few weeks to report back on my fabulous trip to Glasgow. Jane Briggs and Christy Cole, partners in creativity and life—and all-around outstanding human beings—served as my indefatigable guides, and I couldn't be more grateful.

We saw art; we saw design; we ate great food. And the best part was the undeniable sense of community. Everyone was so friendly, mutually supportive, proud of their Scottish heritage, but also eager to embrace the future. We encountered so much amazing material; you can be sure you will see more from Scotland on our site over the course of the summer. This is only just the beginning.

Here's just a taste of Glasgow's inspiring sites...

University of Glasgow University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow University of Glasgow

Richard Wright installation at The Modern Institute Richard Wright installation at The Modern Institute

James Abbott McNeill Whistler's paintings, brushes, and palettes at the Hunterian Art Gallery James Abbott McNeill Whistler's paintings, brushes, and palettes at the Hunterian Art Gallery

A gorgeous Aesthetic Movement cabinet by Whistler at the Hunterian Art Gallery A gorgeous Aesthetic Movement cabinet by Whistler at the Hunterian Art Gallery

Door detail in the Queen's Cross Church, designed by genius C. R. Mackintosh Door detail in the Queen's Cross Church, designed by genius C. R. Mackintosh

Ceiling detail in the Hall of Queen's Cross Church More from Mackintosh's Queen's Cross Church

Interior detail in the Queen's Cross Church And more again from the Queen's Cross Church—Mackintosh is just the best!

Works edited by Goodd Works edited by Goodd

Works on paper by Fraser Sim Works on paper by Fraser Sim

A delightful ceramic haggis by Cameron Way at Project Ability A delightful ceramic haggis by Cameron Way at Project Ability

Hayley Tompkins installation at Common Guild Hayley Tompkins installation at Common Guild

Heartbreaking! The aftermath of the fire at the Glasgow School of Art Heartbreaking! The aftermath of the fire at the Glasgow School of Art

Looking through the skylight of Steven Holl's new building for the Glasgow School of Art Looking through the skylight of Steven Holl's new building for the Glasgow School of Art

Talented designer Derek Welsh Talented designer Derek Welsh

The amazing Fi Scott The amazing Fi Scott

Ashton Lane in Glasgow's West End Ashton Lane in Glasgow's West End

Jane Briggs & Christy Cole Our heroes, Jane Briggs & Christy Cole

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*All images courtesy Wava Carpenter for L'AB/Pamono

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    • Wava Carpenter

      Wava Carpenter

      After studying Design History, Wava has worn many hats in support of design culture: teaching design studies, curating exhibitions, overseeing commissions, organizing talks, writing articles—all of which informs her work now as Pamono’s Editor-in-Chief.

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