Scotland’s sole remaining traditional sheepskin tannery, Skyeskyns is a second-generation family tanning business located in Waternish on the Isle of Skye, one of the most beautiful and rugged islands of the Inner Hebrides archipelago.

Working in close collaboration with Skyeskyns, Four-by-Two developed a bespoke concept solution for their new retail outlet in the island’s capital, Portree.

Building on the company’s strong heritage, the new space embodies the vision for the family and how the business plans to evolve moving forward. The concept was to capture the essence of the product, as well as the hands-on nature of the tanning process, contrasting the softness of the skins with raw timbers and bare plaster.

Externally, a new raised decking area enables visitors to enjoy breathtaking views across Loch Portree and beyond.

“Transforming small spaces is all about the clever use of light
and combination of contrasting materials. Four-by-Two created
a stunning contemporary interior; a backdrop to showcase
Skyeskyns’ handcrafted artisan products with amazing coffee and cake.”

Jessica Hartwell, Marketing Director, Skyeskyns

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