The First Minister’s Local Heroes Collection

In 2018 Local Heroes were invited to select and install a collection of contemporary design and craft for the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon’s personal office at the Scottish Parliament.

Envisaged as a temporary collection, the ten pieces acted as talking points for visitors and guests of the First Minister.  As an evolving collection, it will continue to provide an opportunity to promote the Scottish design and craft industry, its processes and its people.

“Scotland is home to world class artists and designers and I’m proud to be able to support the sector through the Local Heroes project. I welcome visitors from both home and abroad and across the public and private sectors to my office at parliament and it’s a privilege to help raise the profile of Scotland’s exceptional design expertise. The initial collection has already been positively received, with well-deserved praise from visitors. I look forward to welcoming further collections in the future.” – Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

From fine ceramics, glass and furniture to high tech jewellery and product design engineering, this initial collection demonstrates innovation and the highest quality design and craft.

You can read more about the project in this article by Dezeen.

The First Minister’s Local Heroes Collection is made possible with the support of the National Lottery through Creative Scotland



Creative Scotland Lottery Funded
The Future of Home
A chandelier with 'monstera leaves' (Urpflanze) hangs from the ceiling. A fluted marble-effect, mustard-coloured cylindrical side table (Chalk Plaster); a de stijl inspired dining chair (Mirrl); and a sheet of white surface material speckled with colourful inclusions (Mirrl) are all arranged in front of a minimalist backdrop of white boards.

The Future of Home
– Local Heroes at London Design Festival 2021

The Future of Home by Local Heroes showroom at London Design Festival 2021 celebrated Scotland’s contemporary design scene. Part of the prestigious Brompton Design District, designers from 15 studios and brands that embody Scotland’s dynamic design culture, were invited by curator Stacey Hunter to exhibit new work in a special collection marking five years since the first Local Heroes exhibition. ⁠⁠

Reflecting on an increased fluidity between our home and our workspace, The Future of Home offered a fresh take on modern interiors. Over 40 new products, from furniture and lighting to textiles and collectible craft were brought together to create spaces of comfort and style that also reflect the hybrid needs of flexible working. ⁠

The Future of Home offered a vision of a future where interiors are fun, beautiful, and tactile. A platform for critical discussion, and acquisition, the exhibition presented product launches from a new generation of designers.⁠

As seen in:

Elle Decoration
It's Nice That
Design Milk
House & Garden
Design Week
Interior Design
FAD Magazine