Thursday, 29 December 2011

Beautiful fashion from Vi Nouveau

Check out these beautiful pictures from Vi Nouveau's recent photoshoot! The Scottish duo have been styling, tailoring and customising vintage garments since 2010. They have been super busy styling for adverts and magazines and creating gorgeous one of garments and jewellery for design markets and their own online shop! Check out some of their amazing finds now at their website and find them on twitter, facebook and ebay, for your one of a kind vintage piece!!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Pop Up Precious

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery Edinburgh (ACJ) invites you to POP UP PRECIOUS - a showcase of extraordinary jewellery by some of Edinburgh's premier designers. Just in time for the start of Christmas shopping whether you want to treat yourself or find a prefect gift for someone special, Pop Up Precious is a unique opportunity to buy direct from local designers. From silver and gold to textiles and reused materials there's something to suit all tastes and budgets! On until the 3rd December at The Framed Gallery, 11B Gayfield Square, EH1 3NT and open everyday, don't miss out on this great opportunity to see this one off show! Check out the ACJ Edinburgh's blog at

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Cleo Ferin Mercury's beautiful collars are among our favourite new arrivals - one fan described them as Chic AND fun, and we think that is perfectly apt!  The TLC gone into the production of each hand made collar shines through and they are the kind of item which puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face!  They are just £23 each, available online tomorrow, and we hope to have some more works in from Cleo soon.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Fence Collective's beepy, enfant terrible record label titled De-Fence was set up by OnTheFly in 2006. Released yesterday, this double A side vinyl features new works by the great Malcolm Middleton (Arab Strap) and the illusive River of Slime (FOUND).  The List magazine named this single of the week in their review, and it's worthy of the praise.  Look out for them in a record store near you or check out the De-Fence shop to buy this and other amazin releases including HMS Ginafore, Viva Stereo, and the dance floor filler, OnTheFly himself.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

A couple of us know Lu Flux from Edinburgh College of Art when she upcycled vintage fabrics into glorious smock style dresses and skirts, and hand knitted the most adorable 'fox stole' scarfs, for her final fashion design degree collection! It was undeniable even then that she was a talented lady so we thought we'd share with you some of her amazing, amazing work since graduating from the ECA. She has gone on to pattern cut for bernhard willhelm and has since been working and creating her own designs, which i hear are very popular in Japan!! Check out her website and blog for the cutest and funniest garments imaginable!

Sunday, 23 October 2011


 We recieved some brilliant stock designed by Lynsey Jean Henderson recently, in the shape of a beautiful oversized cushion (in the squirrel pattern above) some stag print throws and fox tea towels! Her bespoke wallpapers and fabrics are based on her love of all things scottish especially the beautiful animals and plantlife. She's been featured in Homes and Interiors Scotland magazine and has decorated the walls of a castle and hall. She is currently working from her screen printing studio in Leith where she holds printing classes as well (check out her website for classes!)

Friday, 14 October 2011

We're in The Guardian's TOP TEN!

Victoria Street is certainly a beauty and our Red Doors have been snapped by many an avid photographer, but this snap in particular stands the chance of becoming one of the most recognised.  It has recently been selected and published by The Guardian to represent The Red Door Gallery as 1 of 10 of the Best Craft and Vintage Shops in Edinburgh!  We are just tickled rouge to have been selected and reccomend you have a look at the fantastic Edinburgh City Guide this list has been compiled for. 

Edinburgh is not the only city The Guardian has  put under style analysis.  So far London, New York, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin and Istanbul have all been scoured their very best shops, accomodation, galleries and venues.  Let's face it, there's no arguing with their taste - even the interactive map is enough to transform your staycation into a cyber-cation, so it would seem wise to check in on your next...  vacation.
On another note, this photo of Victoria Street was taken by Karen Chan 16 on Flickr/some rights reserved and it has us wondering how many other snaps there are out there of our doors.  If you have have one, feel free to send it our way - never know, it might just end up on the cover of a magazine!

Thursday, 13 October 2011


We recenty discovered the cult brand Fornasetti at The Red Door Gallery! Fornasetti used to design everything from fabric, ceramics, wallpaper, furniture and clocks like the ones above!! Piero Fornasetti concentrated on using black and white motifs mostly but look out for his son Barnaba's recent hot air balloon designs for the brand since taking on his Father's legacy at

Monday, 10 October 2011

Yummy looking biscuits!

We were having a wee giggle at these amazingly cute biscuits in The Red Door Gallery last week so we thought we'd share them with you!! They even have Halloween themed characters this month on their website Can't beat a bit of eadible art! The dilemma is how long do you marvel over them before you stuff them in your face?!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Louise Smurthwaite placed a wee bet that we'd like these guys... hate to loose a bet.  tUnE-yArDs - you are the business.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Heather McDermott

Heather McDermott is new to The Red Door Gallery! We've been entranced by her use of gorgeous use of sorbet colours and her take on the punk aesthetic. They'd make a great statement piece for any outfit! I'm particularly loving the necklace above! So far we have her earrings, brooches and ring in the shop and it's surprising how light the pieces are in weight when you hold them. She is currently studying for her MA at the Edinburgh College of Art and this is the result of her work so far, can't wait to see her final show!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Can you believe Amelie is ten years old?  Not a wrinkle in sight! 

Here's a bit of good news for any of you secret skimmers out there, this Sunday the Scottish island of Easdale is transforming into the competition field for The World Stone Skimming Competition. This is the perfect excuse to visit the smallest of the inhabited islandes of the Inner Hebradies and make the most of the natural abundance of  slate stones. We are not entirely sure if the rules allow entrants to collage their stones as Amelie would have, but the picturesque surroundings, lack of qualifying requirements and welcoming comunity should make for a truely pleasurable experience.  Plus, you might just win and the word on the web is... trophies!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Well if you fancy another slice of vintage pizza pie AND your in East London, we'd heartily reccomend hot footing it to 202 Brick Lane AKA Super Pizza (the name kinda gives the game away, huh) where you can grab a booth, slice and beverage in charming surroundings.  Have a peep at the supa-snaps below and don't be fooled by the signage!  If your not in East London, just day dream along with us Red Door-ettes....

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Post-it wars: Mad Men

Post-it wars: Apple logo

Post-it wars: Ghostbusters

Iconic art works are sweeping through France at the moment, popping up in computer laden office blocks.  These window based, pix-elated images are created using little more that ubiquitous stationary cupboard staple - the post it.  The designers are growing in confidence and competing to out do their neighbors, could this be the beginnings of the Post-I.T. wars?  The Guardian has a great feature on them.  Feeling inspired yet?  If you fancy creating your own sticky-fit form, send us a snap and we'll post it up here to keep track of this illustration war on Tera.  Byte me.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Any of you Scotts ever been tempted by the golden pavements of The Big Smoke?  Here are a video's showing what just might happen, you know?! Both these gems are directed by the quite frankly fantastic Ninnian Doff and there are plenty more where these came from...

The  first features the emerging talents of musician Martin Brooks (catch an interview in next issue of Acoustic Magazine), and the second is a doccmentry on the new hipster trend of Smoga... gotta love those Scotts Lads in London.

Monday, 5 September 2011

We have had a roaring Edinburgh Festival over the last month, and as it draws to a close with the traditional fireworks display last weekend, we will be especially sad to see Astrid Jaekel's beautiful paper cut out installation come down.  It has really brightened up the disused India Buildings at the top of our bustling Victoria Street, and we hope someone moves in quickly to bring life back to the elegant facade.

Astrid's installation is titled The Curtain Twitchers and features portraits of some of our Senior Citizens peeping out onto the chaotic festival streets.  These pieces are entirely hand cut, with tissue paper added for colour.  Astrid also created some smaller versions which have been featured in our windows over the last month.  A kind of little sister series which are plain black cutouts designed to have any colour slipped in behind.  These beautiful, original artworks are just £55 and will available through The Red Door Gallery online and in our Bricks and Mortar Shop.  There is a post card pack of the series, if you fancy something a little smaller for just £5.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

It's time to say a fond farewell to our Circus, as tonight we are performers are moving on and packing up our window display.  A huge thank you to Seymour, Lovely Pigeon, Astrid Jaekel for all their hard work.  Here's a wee reminder that you can pick up your very own Lovely Pigeon cut, make and play circus kit online for £10.  Along side Seymour's Highland Games poster for £20 and Astrid Jaekel's Curtain Twitcher's post card pack's for £5.

Our next window display will be The Study Rooms... more information over the next few days!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Hannah Waldron has been a busy lass, this is an installation of her San Gimignano wallpaper design which is now installed in the new Pizza Express branch at Brent Cross, London.  Hannah has created a site specific design for this location, as well as a panel for a glass partition.  It will be added to the very top of the ever growing list of reasons to visit the big smoke in the coming weeks! 

If you'd like a little bit of the same effect for your own Kitchen, we have this beautiful Window poster available for a mere £20.  It has Hannah's distinctive mark making and at approximately A1 size it  certainly creates an atmosphere.

Hannah Waldron is a freelance illustrator and printmaker / designer.  Having studied at Brighton University, Hannah was awarded the Gerald Dennis prize for Printmaking.  Her projects and commissions range hugely in their final outcome, from print to woven textiles installations and we just can't wait to see what she does next!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Introducing Switch Faces - how much happier could your light switches possibly be?!  Henrietta Swift has made up some storming packets of vinyl stickers which are themed as girls, boys or animals so you can decorate and create cheery characters in your home.  We've had a go here in the gallery and  we've been so charmed that we sinply had to pass on the challenge to Light Up Your Mood.  The packs are just £6 and available in store now and online tomorrow.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

If you are out and about this weekend, make sure to stop by The Book Trust, 55 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR for this fun Zine bookfair. I've Zine You is sure to have one of a kind zines!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

This Friendly Chap is know as Parsley, and he has been watching over the other circus animals, performers and audience members currently in residence at The Red Door Gallery.  He is a rather delightful screen-print from the fresh from the wondrous imagination of Mina Braun, and we were just pleased as punch to see her interviewed by Red Door Favorite, the Oh Comely Blog.  The much anticipated 7th issue of Oh Comely Magazine is now available in store for £4 (soon to be online) and we will (sadly) let you have our pall Parsley for £120, but only if we must...

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Wouldn't it be fantastic to float over Edinburgh in a Hot Air Balloon at this time of year?  Seeing the costumed performers, outlandish characters and lovely customers who flock to Victoria Street during the festival is an eyeful itself, never mind the entire city-come-playground all at once!  This is David Fleck's latest tribute to Edinburgh town (available in the bricks & mortar Gallery for £55, and online too), which apparently tells the tale of the first Hot Air Balloons launched over the city, a occasion so grand just about everyone had the day off to watch...

Friday, 5 August 2011

The festival is in Edinburgh and the circus has come to The Red Door Gallery!
Designer and illustrator, Kirsty Thomas (Lovely Pigeon) has created a fantastic circus themed display for our two windows. Kirsty has just launched a brand new playkit which is sure to raise a smile and entice big and small kids to get creative. The circus kit includes all your favourite characters to cut out, colour in, slot together and play... Meet The Ringmaster, Bearded Lady, Tiny Tiny Elephant, Bespectacled Bear, Mr and Mrs Acrobat and many more. Lovely Pigeon was inspired by her love of handlebar moustaches, clever animals and monochrome pattern to create this entertaining little playkit.
We also have new work by Seymour, Astrid Jaekel, TattyDevine and many more!

Friday, 29 July 2011

It's our most fabulous sale yet: Maptotes!
Have you ever wanted to go to Nantucket or Barcelona but just haven't found the time? Now you can proudly display your imaginary journey to these places while also saving the planet and whales. Maptotes are a handy friend of the environment. We have marked them down from £25 to just £18.

Stop on in The Red Door Gallery and leave like you've just been to New York City, London, Paris, San Francisco and/or many other terrific places!