Sustainable, Contemporary, but with an Arts and Crafts Soul

Sustainable, Contemporary, but with an Arts and Crafts Soul


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Founded in 2004 SCDS represents more than twenty-five years of experience designing and working with craftsman developing and producing bespoke furniture, lamps, lighting, rugs, textiles, and accessories for our private commissions. In making these designs a reality we have developed relationships with a variety of unique artisans, ateliers, and craftsmen in all corners of the US, UK, and the world. Many of the artisans are carrying on family traditions several generations old and craft traditions rarely commercially available today. The materials used are of the highest quality and are appropriately sourced to maintain sustainability for the future whether working with suppliers to encourage proper forest management or using salvaged, recycled or repurposed materials. The furniture and lighting are handmade by artisans from rare hardwoods, natural minerals or materials and semi-precious stones. Ceramic vessels for lamps are hand thrown, or formed by studio potters in the US. Metalwork for the line is wrought by traditional Blacksmiths and Silversmiths both in the US and UK. Glass shades and components are mouth-blown by glass artisans: all helping to maintain and build on our existing crafts traditions. Hopefully keeping these traditions alive and current not just for today, but also for the future. All our products are original designs produced in small batches to maintain the highest quality of artistry and craftsmanship allowing the hand of the artisan to show through in the final finished product.


As all our products or hand-fabricated from natural materials, variations are inherent in the process and we believe provide a unique “one-of-a-kind” quality to each of our products. We are one of the few companies providing this type of unique handcrafted product: supporting small craftsman both here in the US and in the UK, and helping keep our crafts traditions alive and current in our more mass-produced disposable world. We hope all our products last for generations to come.


The aesthetics of the firm and its Principals are modern, but deeply rooted in the Arts and Crafts philosophy and tradition of America and Britain with a deep respect for natural materials and traditional craftsman. We pride ourselves on sourcing all our products from small craftsman, or artisan owned workshops, not sweatshops. We make sure that everyone involved in the production of our products is employed in decent working conditions and is decently paid for their work. We believe that this respect for the value of labour is reflected in the quality and detail of our final products.


As our lighting is made in small batches, we are able to meet the electrical wiring requirements of projects in the US, UK, or EU and most fixtures will accommodate low E lamps.



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Telluride Residence

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Nestled at the side of a Mesa this Arts and Crafts inspired home was created for a couple with vast collections of North Carolina pottery and California Impressionist paintings. As part of the commission SCA put together a collection of Cotswold Furniture and Textiles, Native American Textiles, and ancient Chinese bronzes, ceramics, and artefacts. The house was built for entertaining and to frame the spectacular views of the mountains and canyons.


The Willows

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The original house was built in the 1950’s, and was the first project completed by the first woman to graduate from Yale Architectural School. It was originally a small seasonal weekend house but had been renovated and added to a number of times over the years losing most of it original qualities. The owners have owned and used the house on weekends since the 1970’s. The owners loved the property and were very attached to the home but knew it did not take full advantage of the surrounding landscape (that the husband had worked to develop) or provide the indoor / outdoor living experience that they were looking for in a weekend home.

Having visited Twin Farms in Vermont a project for which I (Scott Cornelius) had been responsible, they saw the potential of developing a more uniquely personalized home and experience of the property.

The goal of the renovation was to pull together the property and create a unique sense of living in ‘pavilions in the woods’ that were open to the landscape. A new entry gate (inspired by Japanese teahouse entries) was developed along with a new fence to enclose the husband’s moss garden and form an entry sequence into the home. The moss garden stone path then leads into and through a small glass-enclosed stone-floored entry pavilion and continues through the entry pavilion into the landscape on the other side of the house: reinforcing the transparency of the house in the landscape. Reminiscent of the garden fencing, a pair of sliding screens separates the entry from the main living area providing transparency but maintaining spatial definition. The living room looks both out to a new living deck supported by native boulder piers from the property on the lakeside of the residence and out onto the entry moss garden on the other. The large sheets of glass run from timber post to timber post and floor to ceiling providing minimal visual separation between the inside and out. All the timberwork and woodwork are new and finished in a soft natural tone with the intention of blending into the tree trunks of the landscape outside. The master bedroom and bath are detailed in the same manner to maintain the visual openness between the inside and out. The master bathtub is based on traditional wooden Japanese soaking tub and is set on the edge of the moss garden.

The dining room is the only more enclosed internal looking room with its 24k gold-leaf walls, tortoise-shell lacquered bamboo ceiling, and Ming dynasty ink drawings used as screens.


Upper West Side Manhattan Flat

The owners of this flat collected 

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Cider Barn Guest Cottage

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This guest house on a Vermont Estate was designed and built to accommodate the client during construction of the main house and to later allow privacy from guests. The land, previously a dairy farm with an orchard of apple, inspired this creation. The spectacular views are framed and the pond was created for fishing and swimming for the client.    


Salt Lake City Residence

The client was interested in and attracted to the style of the Wiener Werkstatt and the Austrian Secession. This new build was intended to create an environment to house a collection in addition to create the collection.  

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Chalet Cottage

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Scott continued to create new cottages at Twin Farms, Vermont. This cottage was completed in collaboration with Thad Hayes,


Log Cabin Cottage

The most isolated of the cottages, the Log Cabin Cottage is constructed of 150 year old oak and hickory logs salvaged from two rural North Carolina cabins. Its materials and finishes evoke an antique and weathered quality. Reminiscent of an old lodge, the stone fireplace tapers to a lodge pole tree trunk ceiling. The main room is filled with whimsical dog motifs including a custom designed paw print rug. The cabinetry in the dressing room and bathroom are heart pine with mosaic twig work, the shower is made entirely from plaster;

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Work Experience

Scott Cornelius began his professional design career in New York working for a Japanese Graphic and Product Design Company and soon thereafter began working with the firm of Johnson Wanzenberg. After eleven years as senior designer at Johnson Wanzenberg Associates and completing the majority of the firm’s most acclaimed commissions. Scott Cornelius felt that the time had come to establish his own office. In 1998, he founded Scott Cornelius Architect, PC. The focus of the firm’s work is custom residences and high-end resorts. Each commission is specially tailored to the owners’ desires, personal style, location, and individual personality of the site. The projects address contemporary needs and functions in a modern lifestyle while enveloping their occupants in a secure sanctuary far from the demands of the busy everyday world.