Scottish designer, Kyla McCallum, originally from Stirling, has finished her Foldability exhibition at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, and news of her Sonobe Module work has spread across the globe.

BBC Scotland covered the start of the exhibition ‘in pictures’ and as a news story, then quickly came requests came from BBC Spain and BBC Turkey to have the story translated and appear on their websites. The story also ran in VD Magazine in Santiago, Chile as a result.


Kyla runs Foldability from her east London design studio and her clients spread across the UK and Germany. It has been revealed that her work is also soon to be broadcast on television. “I was approached and filmed by ITV for an interior design programme that will air in September. The show will include a segment about where I work and how my lights are made. I’m not able to reveal all the details yet but if you follow me on twitter all will be revealed shortly!”

Whilst at her exhibition, which featured 23 lighting designs and an origami wall panel made from 4,914 hand-folded modules, McCallum was commissioned to make three table lamps for a couple living in the west end of Glasgow, which led to a new design being added to the Sonobe Collection.


McCallum added: “It was a fantastic opportunity to exhibit at The Lighthouse and have my work shown in such an incredible building. It was the largest and most challenging installation that I’ve done to-date and I learned a lot from the experience.

“I received a lot of emails and tweets from people saying how much they had enjoyed the show. One email stood out in particular, from a textile designer who said she was really inspired by the exhibition and that it had given her the ‘origami bug’. She had folded up my flyer from the exhibition, using the triangular pattern as a guide, even though I hadn’t really even intended for them to be used that way!

“I have a number of ideas that I plan to develop in the future, including origami clothing, accessories, surface designs and interior fittings.

“I now have 10* lighting designs in a range of different sizes. I’m still refining some of the designs. My next venture will be exhibiting at the London Design Festival in September and aim to launch the full collection.”

Ian Elder, manager of The Lighthouse finished: “Kyla really inspired people who visited her exhibition – a fresh and simple design exhibition with the potential to expand into different areas.

“We were particularly impressed when she handmade the panel of 4,914 modules and installed it on site!”


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