To celebrate this year’s London Design Festival, SCP’s East and West stores will play host to The Special Relationship; a week-long series of launches and events that highlight SCP’s strong relationships with designers and companies from America. This includes a presentation of SCP products designed by American designers Fort Standard, Bec Brittain and Mark McGinnis.
Returning for the third consecutive year, SCP’s Design Department Store takes on an all American theme, stocking exclusive products from The American Design Club, Philadelphian home furnishings and design company Lostine and new lighting from Brooklyn based brand Roll & Hill. All of these items will be presented at the newly renovated SCP East showroom while SCP West focuses on the new collection from Roll & Hill.
Both the SCP East & West stores are delighted to launch products by new SCP designers and showcase some special collaborations. This year they welcome three new designers into the fold; American illustrator Mark McGinnis, Stoke-On-Trent-based ceramicist Reiko Kaneko and the emerging UK designer Lucy Kurrein.
The collection also showcases new designs by Donna Wilson, Sarah Kay, Alex Hellum, Faudet-Harrison, Terence Woodgate, Andrea Stemmer and Peter Marigold. The 2013 editions of the Woodgate sofa system and Parallel shelving system by Terence Woodgate will also be on display.
Founded in 2010 by lighting designer Jason Miller, Roll & Hill is a contemporary, high-end lighting manufacturer. Based in New York City, they are at the forefront of an American contemporary design movement, working with American and international designers, both emerging and established. Roll & Hill produce cool, eclectic pieces of modern lighting which they assemble locally in their Brooklyn and Long Island studios. SCP is proud to be the exclusive UK retailer of Roll & Hill lighting, stocking designs by Lukas Peet, Lindsey Adelman, Rich Brilliant Willing, Jonah Takagi, as well as Jason Miller himself.
The American Design Club (AmDC) exists to encourage and promote the work of emerging designers in the United States. It was founded in 2008, at a time when America’s relevance in the design world was being questioned, with some suggesting that US-based designers would never be as influential or productive as their European counterparts. The AmDC supports American designers by creating platforms for sharing inspiration, ideas and resources. The AmDC have since seen a huge number of talented emerging designers benefit from the exposure gained from displaying their work in these shows.
Philadelphian based home furnishings design company and manufacturer Lostine take inspiration from early American aesthetics and use humble materials to make their products. Founder and creative director, Robert True Ogden believes in working collaboratively with like-minded artists and fabricators and has spent more than a decade working with both craftsmen and women in small production and with high tech production facilities worldwide. The idea of making home furnishings that are useful and timeless has proved to be foundational to the company and its success.
Also launching at SCP East will be Note Studio’s playful Suburbia wall organiser made by Seletti, Olympia Express’ finely crafted espresso machines and Jasleen Kaur’s Tala Curry Measure. Jasleen will be serving up delicious dahl and chapatis on September 17th from 6:30pm.
The Design Department Store is a place to come and relax, reflect and enjoy design. This September will see the launch of the newly renovated SCP East showroom, which includes an entire new floor, a coffee bar and a new lighting department. SCP East will be open late on weeknights, and there will be a late night party on the 17th September.
Download The Special Relationship poster by Mark McGinnis.
Please check www.designdepartmentstore.com for regular updates on exhibits and activities throughout the week.