DESIGNER & FOUNDER, SAM BOOTH

Sam brings energy, ingenuity and over 30 years of award winning design experience to Echo living. Previous projects include architectural designs, award winning interiors and furniture designs featured in international publications and exhibitions from Glasgow School of Art to MOMA New York. Sam’s long held ambition to develop beautiful, sustainable small buildings has been realised in Echo's collection of work, winning design and innovation awards for his innovative  'architecturally fascinating' and  'joyful' buildings. 

 

 

Sam’s ability to realise his designs allowed the pair to create speculative pieces. Savage & Booth’s first collection, Assembly,  was exhibited at GSA and included a range of folding furniture . Sam’s love of all things modular has seen a variety of dynamic furniture projects 

FURNITURE

The innovative ‘Oritetsu’ folding metal furniture, designed in 1993  was short listed for 100% Design's Best New Product, and has been purchased by MOMA, New York

Exhibitions such as ‘Small and Special’,  and ‘Nomad’- a collection of elements   for Glasgow 1999’s ‘Homes for the Future’ , each designed for a small space,   essential in making a house a home, and easy to transport. The collection included a collapsible steel frame and Tyvec paper chair,  an expanding  roll top table, a plug in electric wool rug,  and a set of specially commissioned essential fragrances curated that would each  create an essence of home.

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Sam's work was selected to represent UK Design around the world by DTI, British Council and Glasgow City Council, at venues including the ICFF New York; Museum of Applied Art, Cologne and Glasgow School of Art. These early projects can be seen as forerunners to Echo and its philosophy. Other award winning designs followed with the same approach for the  design and manufacture of site specific interior elements :

 

INTERIORS

 

Rogue Restaurant, Edinburgh - Theme Magazine Best Restaurant UK National Award winner

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The Lighthouse - Scotland’s Centre for Architecture & Design's interior & graphic design in collaboration with Barcelona’s Javier Mariscal

The Hallion Private Club, Edinburgh; Rogue restaurant  in Edinburgh , winner of Theme Magazine Best Interior UK National Award

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ARCHITECTURAL

EDUCATIONAL INVOLVEMENT 

Sam has hosted students from GSA at  Echo's workshop , and was engaged with 'Upland' as a Modern Maker working with a group of young people from Dumfries & Galloway on a design and build project, 

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Sam has been involved in education at all levels, working  as tutor in both the Interior and Product Design departments of Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, and as a flying academic with ECA, working with design students at Donghua University's Shanghai College of Fashion and Design. He was involved in Senses of Places, the Design for Schools initiative, and devising CPD workshops for primary and secondary teachers at the Lighthouse – Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design. 

PUBLICATIONS 

‘1000 Chairs’: Highlights of British Design

'Furniture for Interior Design :a practical guide for designers.',

Sam  Booth & Drew Plunkett 

 'XS:Small Houses Big Time', 

Lisa Baker, Braun Publishing 2015 

 ‘A-Z Sketchbook of School Build and Design’.

illustrations by SamBooth and Andrew Siddall, published by School Works 

From Consultation to Design 

Design for Learning: 21st Century Schools, Published by The Lighthouse  2004

 

150 Best Cottages & Cabins 

Francesc Zamora Mola , HarperDes , 2016

 

Small but Smart

Chris van Uffelen for Braun Publishing 2019  

 

more 

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EXHIBITIONS

1994     ‘Assembly’ Glasgow School of Art Retrospective of the work of Savage and Booth

 

1995     ‘Designers Habitats’ Collins gallery Glasgow Furniture and Models from Hotel conversion Aberdeen. Accompanying catalogue from Collins Gallery.

 

1995      ‘Producing the Goods’ Glasgow School of Art and 1999 Gallery. Accompanying cd rom from G.S.A

 

1997      ‘Highlights, Design from Great Britain’ 14 Jan-13 April. Museum of Applied Art,            Cologne

                   Alongside Ron Arad, Tom Dixon, Nigel Coates James Dyson and Jasper Morrison

                   Accompanying book “ Highlights of British Design”

                   Published by wordsearch Communications Ltd. ISBN 3 8030 3088 9

 

1997       ‘Bright Shiny and New’ British Design in Metal. May- July San Francisco Airport.

 

1997-98 ‘UK Style’ DTI Funded touring exhibition forming the centre piece of design expo.

                    Soul, Korea-Christchurch, Wellington- New Zealand, Hong Kong, Gulf States

 

1997        ICFF Jacob Javits Centre New York, Chair purchased for MOMA, New York.

 

1997-98 ‘ Fancy Goods’ British Council, Narodini - Prague

 

1999         ‘Homes for the Future’ Glasgow. Accompanying book ‘The Glasgow Collection’ ISBN 1-                

 

2002         ‘Drawing Triangle” Beijing. Peoples Republic of China

 

2008         Senses of Place. The Lighthouse Centre for Architecture, Design and the City

                     Accompanying book Senses of Place: Building Excellence ISBN Number 978-1-905061-14-3

 
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    build small,                   build smart,             build beautiful.

 contemporary, sustainable cabins and small buildings 

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