Scotland’s top furniture makers at Dalkeith Palace this weekend

Monday June 10th 2024


Dalkeith Palace

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Scottish Furniture Makers Association annual exhibition returns with exciting line-up. 27 of Scotland’s best emerging and established furniture makers will exhibit their work this weekend (Friday 14th June to Sunday 16 June 2024) in the historic setting of Dalkeith Palace. The event marks the first in-person annual exhibition for the Scottish Furniture Makers Association since 2019, giving visitors the opportunity to see new work by designer-makers from across Scotland.

Exhibits will include hand-made furniture, sculpture and woodworks, displaying a wide range of styles from traditional to contemporary. The works on display will showcase the different materials and techniques being used in workshops across the country and a selection of exhibitors will be on hand each day to discuss their work.

Mike Whittall, Scottish Furniture Makers Association President, said:

“We’re pleased to return to an in-person show for the first time since the pandemic, taking our members’ work to a wider audience. The annual show is moving out of the city for the first time, and Dalkeith Place provides a spectacular setting to display the beauty and diversity of furniture being produced in Scotland.

“The annual exhibition gives our members an opportunity to showcase their work and have conversations about what it means to be a furniture designer maker. Visitors might have questions about the design process or how a piece develops from tree to timber to finished product and we welcome the chance to share our experiences.”

Scotland has a rich and evolving history of furniture design and making. Members of the Scottish Furniture Makers Association work on a diverse range of projects and commissions, including small products and bespoke pieces for the home, limited batch production and large-scale commissions for public and commercial spaces. All exhibits in the annual exhibition will be available for purchase.

Charlotte Rostek, Dalkeith Palace Development Lead, said “I am delighted that the Scottish Furniture Makers’ Association will be exhibiting at Dalkeith Palace this June. The beautiful historic setting of the palace is the perfect backdrop to the impressive range and quality of contemporary furniture making in Scotland, a vibrant industry, which we are delighted to support by giving it a showcase.

“The Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust is leading on the gradual reinvention of the palace as a place for culture, community and creativity in the 21st century and exhibitions such as this are part of this exciting new chapter on our journey.”

The Scottish Furniture Makers Association is pleased to welcome the Felder Group as a sponsor of the annual show for the first time.

Free admission to exhibition. Parking £3. Click HERE for more information

Note: The Great British Food Festival will also take place from 15th to 16th June on the Palace Lawn (ticketed event).

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