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 continues to develop his multidisciplinary approach to interior architecture, which started ass a student at GSA. Along with partner Maggie, Savage & Booth’s first commission for a restaurant with rooms evolved to include the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture . Other projects followed the same process, including a theatre space with freestanding foyer , cafe interior and exhibition designs and display systems. Each element was designed and built in their small design studio and Sam's practice has continued this approach as it evolved.
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
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.
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 :
Rogue Restaurant, Edinburgh - Theme Magazine Best Restaurant UK National Award winner
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
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,
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.
‘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
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
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