Conceived by GRAS, Custom Lane is a collaborative platform created to identify, support and celebrate emerging world-class design in Scotland.
At the heart of our organisation is collaboration. Whether you are based in our workspace, or hiring our multi-use exhibition and event space, we strive to work with you to extend opportunities and achieve the highest quality outcome across all projects.
Custom Lane is an evolving, collaborative experiment in creating the most engaging, enriching and enjoyable work environment for designers and design-led makers in Scotland. It has been incredibly exciting to watch a community grow around the seed of an idea and for residents take ownership of the concept and space, creating a thriving, productive culture.
We have both a core (curated by Custom Lane) and partner programme of events and exhibitions. Our core programme showcases Scottish and international design across multiple specialisms and our partner programme provides an opportunity for organisations and individuals to work with our unique spaces.
Comprised of a café, shop, gallery, event space and workshop our ground floor is fully accessible to the public and offers the ‘best coffee in Leith’. Upstairs is home to our workspace where we provide newly renovated space dedicated to design and creative development.
For more information see our Workspaces.
Our partners have worked with us from the start and have all helped to form Custom Lane's development.
GRAS is a Scottish design studio, formed in 2006 as part of the established conservation practice Groves-Raines Architects Ltd.
GRAS was awarded the Grand Prix at the Scottish Design Awards 2017 for its work on Craft Scotland & Emergents at London Design Fair.
Established in 1972, Groves-Raines Architects Ltd. is an award-winning architectural practice dedicated to the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings.www.gras.co
Kestin Hare is a British menswear brand produced by a designer who gets what works and is inspired by what men want for everyday life.
Kestin carved out his 15 year career working for some of the biggest names, most notably holding the position of Head of Design at Nigel Cabourn. It was here, working on the Ascent of Cabourn collections, that Nigel honed Kestin's passion for vintage, looking to the old to find something new, and instilled the importance of UK manufacturing.kestinhare.com
Stance is a design and communication studio specialising in visual identity design, art direction and communications for brands of commerce and culture.stance.agency
Williams & Johnson are a micro coffee roastery based in Leith who run their flagship café from Custom Lane.www.williamsandjohnson.com
Edinburgh Tool Library is the UK’s first tool library, promoting sharing as a way of reducing our environmental impact.
They lend members tools for DIY, gardening, decorating and machine repair, so that they don’t need to own them. Not only does this collaborative approach make sense environmentally, it also helps members financially.
Being a member of ETL gives you access to over 4000 tools without the need to store them, maintain them, or buy them in the first place.edinburghtoollibrary.org.uk