Scottish Design Galleries

Explore the everyday relevance of design and how it improves our lives, experience the processes that underpin it and discover little-known stories of Scottish design with international impact.

Scottish Design Galleries


Ranging from architecture to fashion, healthcare to furniture, and engineering to video game design, around 300 exhibits have been drawn from the V&A’s world-famous collections of art, design and performance, as well as museums, private collections and designers across Scotland and the world.

Curated in collaboration with V&A South Kensington, our Scottish Design Galleries explore Scotland’s design landscape, historically and today.

Key Objects

Linoleum elephant sculpture
Linoleum elephant sculpture designed by Eduardo Paolozzi as a promotional case for a 1972-73 catalogue from Michael Nairn & Co.
Throne chair
This lavish chair was designed by artist Robert Home, the son of an eminent Berwickshire army surgeon.
snap40 is a wearable device that uses artificial intelligence to monitor a hospital patient’s vital signs, alerting physicians and nurses via wireless technology if there is a problem.
Hunter Green wellington boots
This pair of classic Hunter ‘wellies’ dates from the 1980s, when the utilitarian boots became associated with the fashionable urban middle and upper classes.
This bookcase was designed by George Logan to be exhibited at the 1901 Glasgow Exhibition.
Holly Fulton Lips dress
This dress was part of Holly Fulton’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection.
This pistol is signed by the gunsmith Alexander Campbell and was made between 1740 and 1760.
Valkyrie tiara
With more than 2,500 cushion-shaped, single-cut, circular-cut and rose-cut diamonds, this tiara features a pair of ‘en tremblant’ wings is constructed using wire-coiled springs so that they move slightly when worn.


V&A Dundee kaleidoscope by Lesley Barnes

The Story of Scottish Design

Scottish Design Pick and Mix magnets

Lavender Labels

Lavender Labels

A set of ten new labels which reinterpret objects in the gallery from an LGBTQ+ perspective

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