Scottish Property magazine

in association with

Designs Inspired by Dundee

From her Victorian flat, shared with her rescue cat in the East End of Dundee, Interior Designer Sooz Gordon (32), enjoys views over the Tay and finds inspiration for her eclectic work.

words Michelle Milnes


Sign up to our fortnightly newsletter

Designs Inspired by Dundee - Sooz Gordon
Designs Inspired by Dundee - Sooz Gordon
Designs Inspired by Dundee - Sooz Gordon
Designs Inspired by Dundee - Sooz Gordon
Designs Inspired by Dundee - Sooz Gordon
Designs Inspired by Dundee - Sooz Gordon

From her studio space in an old converted Jute Mill, Interior Designer Sooz Gordon has a vantage point over the city that inspires her work. The old narrow closes, disused Jute Mills and the local history of Dundee are all reflected and embraced in her designs.

A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Sooz has been working as an Interior Designer for the last eight years in and around Dundee. She has developed an eclectic interior style that blends various references and design eras. “Ultimately I want to create a living space that tells a story and creates a lasting experience,” says Sooz.

As a creative outlet, Sooz started her ‘home ware’ ranges including cushions, lampshades and prints. Her designs celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of her home city. “I want to produce designs that are timeless and embrace the fabric of a city, but have a modern vernacular. It is important to me to design a product that is functional but doesn’t take itself too seriously. I was conscious that my designs were not just adding to the fodder but creating a range that has an interesting and new narrative.”

“This collection began with my interest in Dundee’s local history and being intrigued with its image problem, despite its rich history and accomplishments. I was particularly interested in the undocumented, or forgotten places that we rarely stop to contemplate; what has happened there and whether it has a special story to tell. I deliberately looked beyond the obvious landmarks and expected locations that are always highlighted as the main attractions and focused my attention on parts of the city that have been neglected and abandoned, but have retained their link to Dundee’s heritage,” says Sooz.

Sooz is determined to dispel the myth that an Interior Designer is both expensive and intimidating. As part of this drive, she has started running a series of Style Surgeries that will take place in different venues in and around Dundee. Interior dilemmas will be shared and solved with practical advice and creative design ideas guaranteed to give you the confidence to create a home that’s stylish, individual and within your budget.

Sooz is already experiencing an increase in the creative activities in the city. “There are numerous highly regarded art colleges in Dundee and more and more people are staying in the city and not moving South in search of opportunities.

"The ‘new Dundee’ as Sooz describes it, boasts various creative networks turning to the old and forgotten buildings as hubs and places with a new lease of life.

I want to produce designs that are timeless and embrace the fabric of a city, but have a modern vernacular

Sign up to Scottish Property Magazine and you’ll be the first to see our latest on-line editions, enter our competitions or be updated on any new information we put out.

We do not rent, share, or exchange our customers’ email addresses. We do use these addresses for our own electronic marketing purposes, but only with your consent. If you choose not to receive email from us please let us know, and we will happily remove your address from our email list.

Scottish Property Magazine

Fresh, tasteful, inspiring and brand new, Scottish Property Magazine offers sixty eight tantalising pages filled with beautiful photographs, inspirational ideas and in-depth articles on the following themes:

  • Lifestyle and Interiors,
  • Feature Properties,
  • Architecture and Self-build,
  • Renovations and Conversions,
  • Property News, Markets trends and Money Matters,
  • Selected properties currently on the market,
  • Holiday Homes,
  • Gardens

For the first four editions we are doing direct targeted distribution. The magazine is sent to 10,000 homeowners across the greater central belt, all of whom are either planning to sell, have just sold or have just bought a property. This strategic distribution will continue next year, however, we will also have it in the shops for sale by next summer. A smaller number also gets distributed to IFA's and brokers across the central belt.