Arts & culture

Daytripping, a picturesque waterfront and limited-edition pieces by some of Scotland’s most exciting designers? We’re in.

National curatorial studio Local Heroes has brought together some of Scotland’s most exciting emerging designers, in a collaboration with V&A Dundee

Lead image by Julie Howden

With 2021 tagged as ‘the year of the Daytripper’, it seems in keeping that a new design collaboration on the riverfront at V&A Dundee will spotlight limited-edition items that celebrate summer.

The Local Heroes project, curated by V&A Dundee Design Champion Stacey Hunter, is all about supporting Scottish design and includes eight of Scotland’s designers-to-watch. ‘Daytrippers’, which runs until the end of September, will see contemporary, limited-edition souvenirs sold in scenic style outside V&A Dundee.

‘Whizzing About’ – a beach towel designed by Kate Scarlet Harvey

Fiona Moon’s ‘Moonlight Garden’ seed pack

“We’ve worked with some of Scotland’s most interesting and creative designers to create products that are perfect for a trip to the beach, a picnic in the park or can help to make your windowsill or garden into a little paradise for local wildlife,” says Hunter.

Souvenirs on sale include bold and fun, jacquard-woven beach towels by designers Kate Scarlet Harvey, Lauren Morsley and Katie Smith, while Shweta Mistry, Fiona Moon and Klara Sormark have each designed a bespoke wildflower seed box featuring native flowers to support local wildlife.

Daytrippers’ at V&A Dundee is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm on the plaza. On wet weather days, ‘Daytrippers’ will be located inside the museum

You can find out more about the Daytrippers designers and purchase your own collectable souvenir online at