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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

NY success for Kirkcudbright based designer

Excellent news for Morag MacPherson  who works from her WASPs studio in Kirkcudbright
From today's Herald
Scottish designer Morag Macpherson has won a five-figure contract to design part of the interior of the Union Square Hotel in Midtown New York City.

The hotel, which is due to open in June this year, has asked Ms Macpherson to create a series of bedroom headboard panels for its 178 rooms. The innovative fabric panels will be reversible and showcase a brand new design for each season.
Born in Glasgow, Ms Macpherson has designed the panels at her studio in Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway.
She said: "The Union Square Hotel will be a contemporary and luxurious building in the heart of New York, and the owners wanted something stylish and unique to reflect this.
"My designs depict each season and hotel staff can change the headboard throughout the year. The panels will provide an ideal centrepiece for each room and bring together a riot of colour with overlapping patterns and motifs taken from my Masculine and Feminine in Nature collection."
She began creating surface pattern designs in 2006, which are digitally printed onto her range of fabrics and wallpapers.
Ms Macpherson added: "To provide my designs for this hotel is a dream come true. This is an exciting, high-profile opportunity for me and I want to expand on this success by creating more designs for restaurants, nightclubs and airports."
Scottish Enterprise head of textiles Cathy Black said: "It is fantastic to think thousands of visitors to New York will soon be able to enjoy Morag's creations and it is a great advertisement for the quality of textiles talent on offer in Scotland.
"It is important for designers to innovate and branch out into the international market. Morag is a great example of a Scottish designer who has taken advantage of the increasing global demand for Scottish textiles, and we hope many more will follow."

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