Isokon Plus rebuilds design presence with Skandium tie-up

Traditional British furniture manufacturer Isokon Plus is thought to be looking to re-establish its contemporary design programme, aided by a new distribution stream.

Isokon Plus, which has a strong Modernist design heritage having been creatively led by Bauhaus teachers Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in the 1930s, will launch as part of specialist retailer Skandium’s collection from next week.

Skandium creative director Chrystina Schmidt says that its integration into the Skandium range will help keep Isokon alive, while ‘showing the bridge’ between British Modernist and Scandinavian design.

‘We want to help keep it going as a unique part of British heritage,’ says Schmidt.

Isokon has pared down its collection in recent years. It closed its Turnham Green showroom, London W4, last year. Its last contemporary design commission was the Azumi brothers’ Penguin Donkey, Version Three, in 2003.

The money from the new distribution stream is expected to be ploughed back into the commissioning of designers.

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