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GRAS

GRAS

Mobile Maker Library in Edinburgh, UK

GRAS MLN Caravan at London Design Festival 2014 ©BritishCouncil

©BritishCouncil

GRAS MLN Caravan at London Design Festival 2014
Stewart and Gunnar & their MLN caravan  ©BritishCouncil

©BritishCouncil

Stewart and Gunnar & their MLN caravan
GRAS MLN Caravan gallery space  ©GRAS

©GRAS

GRAS MLN Caravan gallery space
Inside the Mobile Maker Library  ©BritishCouncil

©BritishCouncil

Inside the Mobile Maker Library

GRAS is a Scottish design studio that tests the boundaries of traditional architecture through the exploration of ideas, materials, techniques and technologies. Their Maker Library, reconfigured into a vintage 1960s caravan, was the first mobile version of the project. Originally a solution for lack of space in their studio, the studio used it to step outside its usual work environment and continue its experimental work. It has roamed as far as London Design Festival and the South of France, developing new products from old techniques and materials along the way. GRAS has shared making skills and expertise through travel exchanges with Maker Libraries in South Africa, Germany and Mexico.  

 

Who is involved? 

Maker-architects Gunnar Groves-Raines and Stuart Falconer met studying architecture at the University of Strathclyde. They established GRAS in 2006 to test the boundaries of what is typically understood as architecture, often entering the fields of product design, graphic design, audio visuals and art. They have received many awards for their work.

GRAS has delivered a range of diverse and challenging projects including a mobile, temporary gallery built for Scotland's entry at the 13th Venice Biennale, a cliff-top education room as part of the restored Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Shetland, a new centre for the arts created in the former Gayfield tyre depot in Edinburgh, and a composting shed woven entirely from iron rebar.

Through the Maker Library Network, GRAS has  connected to artists, designers and more recently charities and social projects to develop meaningful collaborations.

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Architecture
Product Design

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Blog posts for GRAS

31 August 2014

GRAS PROJECT: Himmeli Tensile Structures

GRAS PROJECT: Himmeli Tensile Structures © GRAS

© GRAS

20 August 2014

GRAS PROJECT: Mobile Maker Library

GRAS PROJECT: Mobile Maker Library  © GRAS

© GRAS

18 October 2015

Maker Library: Laboratorio para la Ciudad

Maker Library: Laboratorio para la Ciudad

12 August 2015

Maker Library Network programme by GRAS at Gayfield Creative Spaces

Maker Library Network programme by GRAS at Gayfield Creative Spaces

21 June 2015

GRAS' Book Selection

GRAS' Book Selection  Photo by Mike Massaro

Photo by Mike Massaro

30 September 2014

Maker Library Network at LDF 2014

Maker Library Network at LDF 2014  Photograph by Mike Massaro

Photograph by Mike Massaro