For the 2018 London Design Festival, SCP are hosting a programme of product launches and experiences at their Curtain Road headquarters, in the heart of Shoreditch.
Collectively titled A World Of Ordinary Things, this show sets out to explore our relationship to the objects that we live with on a day to day basis; reflecting on how they are made, how they are used and how we perceive them.
1 Inch Collection by Jasper Morrison for Emeco
Presenting the new 1 Inch Reclaimed chair by Jasper Morrison for Emeco. The latest addition to the 1 Inch family of products, the 1 Inch Reclaimed is a one-piece mono-block stackable chair made from 90% industrial waste material, consisting of 75% waste polypropylene and 15% waste wood fibre. This design is elegant and functional, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and is available in a complementary range of eight colours. The 1 Inch Reclaimed joins the other 1 Inch family members – chairs, armchairs, stools and tables made of hand-crafted recycled aluminium frames combined with reclaimed wood, polypropylene, plywood and upholstered seats. A selection of these are also being presented in the show, alongside the classic 1006 Navy chair.
The Morrison Canon by 6 Agents
A minimalist composition for artificial voices by musician Anthony Moore For the first time in their history, SCP are pleased to play host to a sound installation, the composition by musician Anthony Moore accompanies the 1 Inch Reclaimed exhibition by Jasper Morrison for Emeco.
The work is a 6 channel, minimalist composition for non-human voices accompanied by a granular synthesis drone played through a small acousmonium of six loudspeakers.
There are three rows of speakers arranged like a vocal ensemble. The deeper pitched voices come from the back row of three, the two ‘alto’ voices from the next row, and the high-pitched, child-like voice is positioned at the front. From time to time voices migrate from one source to another.
Each agent, text-to-speech ‘bot’ or disembodied voice reads excerpts from different texts written by Jasper Morrison. These texts provide the names of each of the 5 short movements of the piece; “The Object Itself”, “The Power of Identical Repetition” (partly in Greek), “I Didn’t Care Much for Minimalism” (a minimalist canon made up from this sentence), “Free to Multiply” and finally, “To Represent an End”. The piece commences with each voice introducing itself. It lasts 8 minutes and 25 seconds followed by a pause of 20 seconds before starting again. It was realised with Ardour (open source software) and an RME UCX interface.
SCP 2018 Collection
SCP present new designs from Philippe Malouin and Matthew Hilton. Comprising a complete upholstery collection alongside new side and coffee tables.
Presenting the full Group upholstery collection by Phillipe Malouin, which includes the cocktail chair, sofas in two and three seat configurations and the new armchair version of the design. This collection began life in 2017 with the cocktail chair, and has now expanded into a full collection of upholstery. The design uses primary shapes in a concise way to form the base, back and seat. Each piece is handmade at SCP’s specialist upholstery factory in Norfolk, UK. The Group design has been awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, which aims to drive excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation.
Presenting the Beam and Trieste coffee tables by Matthew Hilton. Beam is a table with an angular design with a simple construction. The steel frame is mounted with two wooden beams, on which the toughened glass top is placed. This is a refined design, which effortlessly blends together steel, wood and glass. The Trieste coffee table and standing floor mirror are new pieces in the Trieste Collection, which complement the free standing library shelving units. A collection of real refinement, with good style and line, each piece features the signature faceted wooded frame detail.
Bürstenhaus Redecker Müseum Curated by Michael Marriott
The Bürstenhaus Redecker Müseum is a travelling exhibition of brushes from the manufacturer of the same name. This particular collection, presented in London, has been specially chosen by British designer Michael Marriott. Bürstenhaus Redecker have been making brushes in Versmold, Germany since 1935; they are advocates of good craftsmanship, utilise only the finest materials and lead the way in sustainable making.
Michael Marriott has made shrewd choices in his selection of brushes from the vast collection available. He has opted in most cases to present objects that both excel in their function, but also have a wider cultural resonance. The result is a Müseum that bristles with energy and sweeps aside any doubt about the significance of brushes in modern design culture.
The Penguin Huddle by Jasper Morrison
For the London Design Festival 2018, SCP present the first production version of the Penguin Huddle by Jasper Morrison with a dedicated display area and a collaborative project entitled ‘Hack A Huddle’.
In 2017, SCP were invited by Penguin to create a new home for books. A year in the making, the result is an original design by Jasper Morrison, manufactured by SCP, named the Penguin Huddle. It is a portable book clamp that provides a new way to store books and can be placed anywhere around the home or workplace.
The Penguin Huddle is made from two sections of folded aluminium joined together with a sliding mechanism. It can hold between 18 and 27 books and accommodates paperbacks of all sizes. This new design explores how we experience books, connecting the way we read with the way we live.
‘Huddle’ is a collective noun for a group of Penguins.
Hack A Huddle
This year, to celebrate the launch of the first production version of the Penguin Huddle, SCP has set a number of designers and collaborators a brief to ‘Hack A Huddle’, these will be on display for the exhibition.
Shelves everywhere, those populated with books or not, always get used as a place for other objects. These are often objects that have something inherently interesting about them to their owner; they may be keepsakes, or just for reference, they may evoke memories, or simply be beautiful. One thing they usually share is a scale, they are the size of something that fits on a shelf.
The brief asked collaborators to take a Huddle and populate it with whatever they liked, be it objects, books, keepsakes or anything else from the material strata.
SCP x Folk x Gareth Neal
At both SCP Curtain Road and at the Folk store on 45 Redchurch Street, SCP present a new chair and sofa by designer Gareth Neal. This project brings together two British companies with a reputation for understated elegance, high-quality manufacturing and idiosyncratic style. The project seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of cyclic manufacturing, the potential of sharing materials and the need for greater permanence in what we produce.
Folk founder Cathal McAteer and furniture designer Gareth Neal began a conversation about creating a new furniture design that could utilise some of the excess fabric that is a natural part of the production of clothes. They approached Sheridan Coakley, the founder of SCP, to discuss the idea. The result is a collaboration that sees a new chair and sofa design by Gareth Neal fully upholstered in surplus Folk fabric, with the addition of a specially created removable saddle bag, which is made from surplus leather from SCP’s specialist upholstery factory in Norfolk.