SCAR-ID, founded in 2013 by the Visual Artist and Teacher Sílvia Pinto Costa (Lisboa, 1983; Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto) and the Architect and Writer André Ramos (Viseu, 1983; Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto) is a Porto based store-gallery, specialized in experimental and contemporary art and design (SCAR-ID STORE), a design brand (ATER by SCAR-ID) and an architecture and interiors studio (SCAR-ID ATELIER).
SCAR-ID was founded in December 2013 as SCAR-ID STORE, a gallery-store, focused on the communication and commercialization of Portuguese design. Based on the concepts of identity, exclusivity and innovation, it was created to represent both emerging and established brands in the various design disciplines (fashion, accessories, jewellery, furniture and home products). Between a store and a gallery, SCAR-ID presents a careful selection of small collections, limited editions and unique pieces of global design.
Its location is an old grocery store from the 50s, in the Artistic District of Porto (Quarteirão Miguel Bombarda), a white and bright space with large windows, that allow a close connection between the exhibition space and the city. As a counterpoint to the predominance of art galleries in the area, the initial concept of “store” was chosen to identify the project.
In 2017, as an extension of the products already presented by SCAR-ID, its founders launch ATER by SCAR-ID a sub-brand where they can explore the design of unique pieces and limited editions, through strategic partnerships with local designers and producers. Fashion, jewellery, accessories, homeware and ceramics were the areas already explored in the brand’s four years of existence. Its name ater, which means matte black in Latin, reflects a strong and expressive but also discreet and delicate image, always presented in the brand’s identity.
Accepting the invitation of the centenary Casa Vicent, a charismatic Art Deco space in Porto´s downtown, in 2018 SCAR-ID started its own second space in the city. Contrasting to the exuberance of the golden shapes of the prior space, VICENT by SCAR-ID is a small, minimal white room, with the same curatorship of products presented in Rua do Rosário.
2021 marks the beginning of ATELIER, as a meeting space for the projects spread over the last seven years of SCAR-ID. Architecture, interiors and spaces are the areas of intervention of SCAR-ID ATELIER, which offers the same principles and care with each client as the main brand.