21 Aug

Hidden on a private estate in deepest, darkest Perthshire - behind a mysterious faded teal door - lies a most magical space.

An unspoiled Victorian walled garden reimagined by one of Britain’s most creative and talented chefs, and now dedicated to growing the rare and remarkable for his eponymous two star Michelin restaurant at Gleneagles.

This extraordinary garden is the origin of an exceptional collaboration, and the inspiration behind a beguiling new collection.

A natural, creative collaboration between renowned chef Andrew Fairlie and celebrated Scottish designer Iona Crawford, cultivated organically from a shared and deep-rooted love of nature and the Scottish landscape.

Inspired by the fabric and patina of this intriguing 19th. century garden – an exploration of the exquisite detail of original Victorian glasshouses, the eccentricities, the curiosities forgotten in old potting sheds – illustrated through kaleidoscopic, mesmerizing sequences of colour, patterned texture and tone, the printed design series transports the garden, via the mystique of Andrew's immaculate kitchen, to the dining table.

A growing collection of ceramics, linens, lush velvets and majestic fine art prints depict tight tangles of twine and garden rope. They carry the Fibonacci-like tactility of blossoms and steels, depicting the earthy make-up of Our Secret Garden with captivating sincerity.

19 Jul

Summer days linger, ripe and luscious. Windows usher bright beams inside and the outdoors beckon, their vivid greens a tangle of adventure and midsummer serenity.

We are inclined towards an alternative, multi-dimensional approach to design. With nature our limitless source and Scotland our playground. Nature is epitomised in a spectrum of greens across our Wild Wilderness collection, redefining perception of the earthy, natural aesthetics upon which the natural Scottish environment has long been defined.

Moors and meadows inspire mesmerising geometrics within Pasture. Towering glasshouses amass with vibrant colour, waxy texture and veined osmosis cultivate Tropics. Woodland flora stimulates the lush, canopying phantasmagoria within Forest Floor and Entangle.

Carry the outside indoors.

12 Jun

Glasgow is a city streaming with life and colour. The friendly faces cascade along narrow lanes, holding a contagious quality. The smiles and streets intertwine to lead any wanderer into a world of curiosity. Our city provides us with a bustling music scene, abundance of hip cafes and eccentric independent stores. Red Door Interiors encapsulates the creative qualities of Glasgow, and here at Iona Crawford we are proud to stand with them in supplying products of luxury and innovation.

The charming interior store is located on the cusp of Glasgow’s West End, and features an array of riches for the eyes to feast upon. Their services cover creative interior design from concept to completion. Lead by designer Lisa Trainer, Red Door holds the capacity to ignite a passion for distinctive character in planning the creation of your own fantasy world to live in.

A carefully curated selection of our wallcoverings and fabrics can be found within the store, set within a myriad of imagination and flourishing capacity. Here you are able to visualise our prints and patterns liberated within the context of the showroom, harmoniously positioned alongside a plethora of diverse interior brands. When it is time to take the plunge and renovate or enhance your home, this is a sure sanctuary in finding new avenues amongst Glasgow’s finest creations in art and interiors.

02 Jun

The winter months have passed, and here we welcome the glowing complexion of Scottish summer around our light, bright Glasgow Atelier. Long gone are the days of wrapping multiple layers of wool and cashmere around every exposed surface of skin – we can now embrace the liberation of leaving layered necessities behind and enjoy the light heartedness of our summer wardrobes. Well almost, at least for us further north of the equator.

The scarf remains as a staple part of everyday styling survival, yet provides a platform of expression and fashionable wit. Although we can leave the woolly warmers in the attic for another few glorious months, there is still a desire to drape a layer of protection from the erratic elements.

Here at Iona Crawford, waterfalls of silk and bundles of flourishing colour and print surround us. The scarves seem to take on a life of their own; twisting and knotting, flowing and draping around the necks and busts of our body. But why stop there? Let these fundamental accessories push your boundaries in personal style. Here we illustrate an array of inspiration in how to wear and style your scarves this summer. Our love of fashion and interiors has propelled us into a foray of styling sensationalism. From pleats, belts, bows and bracelets, to flaunting your staple handbag with colour and texture. The possibilities are truly endless.

22 May

Call me crazy, which is quite possibly a fair observation, yet I've come to identify many motions associated with life as a designer to be very similar to Pythagorean theorum. That and reverse parking... bear with me.

As a high school mathematics student, whilst I successfully learned the theories conjured up by Pythagoras and his trigonometric, algebraic friends, this did not justify true understanding of each lesson. With relative speed and a huge sense of relief came each light bulb moment. As soon as my mind engaged with problem solving aspects and underlying theories, each process married to form perfect sense.

Similarly, learning to drive in an estate car - as well as being hugely uncool in the eyes of my seventeen year old self - it made reverse parking seem an impossibility akin to driving a double decker bus with a caravan attached. Noticing my fright at the mere suggestion, my saintly instructor developed a sequence of manoeuvres involving a sticker on the rear window of the car and a very precise sequence of steering wheel rotations. Hey presto, call me Louisa Hamilton, I nailed those corners every single time. However, it wasn't until leaping like a frisky salmon into my very first car that the bubble burst. I couldn't actually park, not even in a car half the length of my beloved estate car. A spell of perseverance and practice later, proportions and spacial awareness enlightened me to the world of driving backwards as well as forwards.

Encapsulated in the world of design is a process. From idea to concept, concept to manufacture, manufacture to install... and all the glorious complexities interspersed throughout the journey. Ensuring a streamlined sequence of processes gives us inherent confidence in the outcomes and, in turn, gives our clients a confidence in us.

At the heart of each manufacturing framework are the magnificent partners with whom we work to translate our (very often ambitious) design concepts into tangible, timeless and ultimately beautiful pieces. Be it plush printed velvets, pleated silks, contract spec vinyl wallcoverings, delicate lighting, upholstered furniture, domestic wallpapers, elegant madras and lace sheers, brand new *soon to be revealed* things of gorgeousness... We employ the exemplary skills of many, many masters without whom our concepts would represent a gigantically assortment of creative eccentricity.

We love, and I mean seriously love, to fully immerse ourselves in the processes each manufacturing partner undertake. From start to finish and every precious tea break along the way - thanks for the Jaffa Cakes John! Mesmerising, enlightening, awe-inspiring. To engage is to learn and every day is a joy on this creative curve.

The accompanying images were capture bespoke sheers upon the gently purring lace looms at Morton Young and Borland's heavenly mill in Newmilns, East Ayrshire.

10 Apr

Inspired by the beautiful old doors assembled by Iona's farmer father to protect his newborn lambs from the elements, the Secret Door Collection evolved from an arts series made during a Spring spell in the lambing shed.

Fruits of the Scottish elements, the series interprets the rusting, crackling, decaying beauty, and the honest purpose of the doors. The delicate, tactile surface sensitive to their purpose as a sheild for the precious lives behind.

09 Mar

Whipping up breakfast with this guy watching over is a recipe for the fluffiest pancakes and dreamiest eggs. Like an trusty old friend, Finn has grown with us. Beginning life as an enormous painted canvas, the original artwork depicting his majestic stature now hangs within a client's London townhouse.

Finn's legacy lives on, existing in printed form to journey across continents and through time zones. Capturing the highland hearts and interior imaginations of many a rogue.

Upon luscious luxe velvet to adorn a headboard, faithful armchair or curtain cascade. Decadently dark wall covering exuding soul, richness and refined eccentricity within a familiar surround.

09 Feb

Mystery, intrigue and discovery form the foundations for so many design concepts. Inspired by exploration and challenged perceptions with a sprinkling of satire.  

Why would you adorn the walls of a dark, eerie basement space with tactile, whimsical wallpaper inspired by an entanglement of secret garden hose pipes.... Then again, why wouldn't you?

The mid point in a project. Dust casting a veil over every surface, plaster encrusted on your favourite old trainers and energy levels flagging. Like any half way juncture in a momentous endeavour - although it may involve a little imagination and a push of the pause button - clutching a window to breath it all in, reflect on the evolution and bask in the glory of what's soon to unfold, well, it's a precious, fleeting moment. 

18 Jan

A decade, ten years, 315 360 000 seconds and a cornucopia of colourful adventures, magnificently inspiratonal introductions, Champagne popping lightbulb moments - each with a bright tale of their own effervescence - and more stationary malfuncions than you could shake a Sharpie at. Our brand has blossomed and evolved, aquainting itself with a host of diverse industries and exceptional individuals. Now, at the first gas station on the highway to wherever the world of contemporary design and creative expression takes us, we are perusing the muticolour carnival of colour on the shelves and filling our glove box with rhubarb and custards, pink shrimps, salted caramel dark chocolate everything, and the finest bottled water to ever be branded as Scottish.

Edging ever closer to a decade behind the wheel of our zero gravity, intricately hand stitched, E-Type inspired mode of transport, the most valuable lesson learned has been the joy found in diversity and discovery. Embracing the innovative and the timeless, transforming challenges into skills most familiar, and staying true to our values as we go.

At this juncture, it struck as the perfect time to refurbish our exterior and inject our engines with all the newfangled nuggets of goodness required for the next leg, via a plethora of magnificent ports along the way. It is, therefore, with exceptional excitement, and technical wizardry in abundance in the hands of our skilled web developers, we are delighted to unveil our shiny new website.

Coming very soon will be the addition of the Iona Crawford Atelier aspect of our website where industry clients, brand partners and inquisitive souls alike can explore our project portfolio and find out more about the many diverse aspects of our design consultancy.

In the meantime, hop behind the controls and take our baby for a spin. We'd love to hear what you think.

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