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Fred Scott

Fred Scott designerFrederick 'Fred' Scott was born on the 14th July 1942, the son of an artisan furniture maker. Like Robin Day he gained early experience in the furniture making industry when, at the age of 14, he started as an apprentice at the G Plan factory in High Wycombe. In 1963 he gained a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art. On leaving the Royal College of Art Scott began his career in furniture design. He is best remembered for his work with Hille where he started working as a freelance designer in 1969. It was for Hille that Scott designed his most successful range of furniture in 1976 the System Supporto. The Supporto range was launched in 1980 to immediate international acclaim. The Supporto chair is now a British design classic and an example is held in the permanent collection of the V&A museum. In 1991 the Supporto chair was voted “the chair that most influenced modern office seating" by the International Federation of Architects. Fred Scott experienced ill health throughout his working life and died prematurely on the 31st January 2001.