LASSCO Celebrates Over 40 Years with Collaborations and Talks Series

Founded over 40 years ago, LASSCO (The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Co) is unrivalled as one of the UK’s prime resources for architectural antiques, salvage and curiosities. Bridging the gap between the demolition trade and architectural design, LASSCO and its three sites, two in central London and one in Oxfordshire, connect its many customers, who return repeatedly for its expertise, with rescued relics that make for unique and eclectic interiors. 2020 marks a year of continued growth and collaboration for LASSCO, reflecting the ever growing popularity of sustainability and reusability that it has always spearheaded. As its Brunswick site so proudly proclaims – ‘Re-use is nothing new.’

The vibrant Ropewalk premises in SE London continues to evolve with the opening of a new purpose built flooring showroom in one of the Maltby Street arches, marking a return by LASSCO to its roots as a ‘proper’ salvage yard, with a shop directly on top of the yard. Having long been the UK’s leading supplier of reclaimed flooring, both native and foreign, as well as new made and distressed timbers, this dedicated space will showcase the extensive selection as soon as it arrives onsite. Customers will not only have instant access to stock and the expertise of the staff, but will see it in the process of being prepared, de-nailed, and stacked. The whole process of reclamation in action.

Also on show at this new showroom will be pieces by innovative independent designers, The Poured Project and Studio Ore. Both manufacture their products in England, The Poured Project creating exceptional bespoke concrete pieces for residential and commercial interiors, ranging from striking wall cladding to sculptural basins, while Studio Ore designs beautiful, warm hued handcrafted and hand finished brass taps, showers and bathroom fittings.

This addition continues the growing collaborative approach at LASSCO Ropewalk, which late last year introduced external retail concessions to the store. Concessions whose products are created to last a lifetime or more, and so echoing the strong ethos and commitment to a slower, more sustainable quality focused approach to retail that LASSCO is known for.

As well as the unparalleled rotating selection of one-off antique items and affordable reproduction pieces such as intricate plaster casts that LASSCO is renowned for, including those from the collection of celebrated plaster artist Peter Hone, is the expert advice from its team of specialists. Spanning topics such as reclaimed and new flooring, tiles, and surfaces; lighting; chimney pieces; stoneware; and traditional architectural salvage it is this that makes LASSCO an outstanding retail experience.

Over in the Georgian saloon at its Brunswick House site, Vauxhall, LASSCO presents its ever popular Salon Wednesday events. The third in this series of talks on the history of design and architecture, the three events comprise Style and the English Interior (18th March 2020) – writer John Goodall considers some of the stylistic traditions that have shaped the English country house from the Middle Ages to the Present day and the way in which historic styles have been consciously revived; In Conversation with Alidad (29th April 2020) exploring designer Alidad’s philosophy, design tips, and the Oriental aesthetics using furniture, textiles and works of art from the Middle and Far East that have shaped the unique interiors he has created; and Neo Classicism in Northern Europe  (27th May 2020) where antiques dealer and writer, Håkan Groth explains how Scandinavia adopted the 18th century neoclassical narrative of its southern neighbours and developed their own unique and elegant version, one which has become extremely popular in this country in current interior design.

Each event starts with wine on arrival at 6.30pm with the talk commencing at 7pm. Tickets, which sell out quickly, are priced at £25 and available from www.lassco.co.uk

Established in London’s East End by Adrian Amos, who continues to oversee the company, and offering over 40 years of experience, LASSCO continues to herald the importance of reclaiming, reusing and savouring treasured artifacts that may otherwise be lost forever.