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.
shown (left to right): Izmir in agateware, Anthony in blue agateware, Spring Onion in agateware, and Anthony in agateware
Tortoise Egg chandelier (large size)
shown in desert sand mouth-blown lead crystal, wengé, and antique nickel
Moon lantern wall light: shown in opal crystal, wengé, and antique nickel.