For London Design Festival 2021, a year of renewal, we are delighted to present “All Our Working Lives”, at the SCP showroom on Curtain Road during the London Design Festival. Join us for an exploration of human centric design and new ideas about our working lives.
The new collection consists of a variety of different typologies for the home and workplace, featuring furniture, upholstery and textiles from:
Ilse Crawford & Oscar Peña
Matthew Hilton has designed a dining table made from European oak, as well as a standalone side table made from walnut, inspired by constructivist art. Ilse Crawford & Oscar Peña, working with SCP for the very first time, present a new armchair with a solid wood frame and a half-open side. Inspired by Bruno Munari’s poster ‘Seeking Comfort In An Uncomfortable Chair’, this armchair is designed to accommodate a more relaxed way of sitting. Reiko Kaneko has created three, wide lipped-vases to expand her Terracotta collection of designs, which are all hand-made in Suffolk. Lucy Kurrein has re-designed the popular Tepee sofa, creating a generous sectional version that allows for a number of different seating configurations. Philippe Malouin continues his experimental approach to sustainable upholstery design, with the second iteration of his Puffer armchair and a new sofa version of the design. Donna Wilson has designed a new woven textile for use in upholstery, called Tipi, while also creating a new colour way of the classic SCP Bora Da fabric. Terence Woodgate has designed a three legged side table in solid European ash, and an updated version of the classic Woodgate sofa system, with a lightly changed form and solid wood legs.
SCP x Ishinomaki Laboratory | 10 Years Later
Alongside SCP’s new collection, we are very proud to present a special collaboration with Japanese brand Ishinomaki Laboratory. We are marking ten years since the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami with an exhibition of new furniture designs from Ishinomaki Laboratory, the Japanese DIY furniture company founded in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 disaster.
Since meeting Ishinomaki Laboratory founder Keiji Ashizawa in 2014, Sheridan Coakley, founder of SCP, has developed a strong relationship with the company. At the invitation of Keiji, SCP became the first company to produce Ishinomaki Laboratory products outside of Japan, as part of their Made in Local initiative. SCP now produces Ishinomaki Laboratory products at their specialist factory in Norfolk, using the same techniques and skills as in Japan, but with locally available materials.
SCP founder Sheridan Coakley and Keiji Ashizawa have together invited a distinctive list of UK-based designers to create new Ishinomaki Laboratory furniture designs for this very special exhibition, with a simple brief, each design should be made from stock board widths. All the designers are working to Ishinomaki Laboratory product guidelines, taking into consideration the machinery and tools available, while using materials efficiently to minimise waste. This will ensure that all the pieces can be manufactured by any of the Ishinomaki Laboratory Made in Local partners around the world.
The list of designers for the Ishinomaki project is:
Sam Hecht & Kim Colin
Ilse Crawford & Oscar Peña
A wide range of typologies have been designed, including nesting tables, side tables, coat hook and shelf, a bench, a chair, a dining chair, a dining table, two armchairs, a barstool, a bird bath, a step stool, and a planter. All products are using Western Red Cedar.
Each designer has brought a depth of experience to the project and we hope the collection can help to progress the unique spirit of positivity inherent in the Ishinomaki Laboratory.
Balzac 30 Exhibition
To celebrate thirty years of continuous production of the Balzac armchair by Matthew Hilton, SCP is presenting a Special Anniversary Edition upholstered in collaboration with Kvadrat. It is made in fully sustainable and natural materials, and features a specially commissioned commemorative label. The Balzac 30 exhibition will showcase a wealth of background material to tell the story of this remarkable chair and the cultural history around it, along with a short video to accompany the show.
The Balzac will also be shown in several other locations across London; with Paul Smith in collaboration with Tibor fabrics, at Christopher Farr in collaboration with House & Garden, and at Kvadrat in a new fabric by Peter Saville.
Technicolour by Peter Saville for Kvadrat
In conjunction with the launch, SCP exhibit a selection of Peter Saville’s new collection for Kvadrat. Technicolour is a craft-orientated, sculptural collection that visually and haptically translates the industrial processes in textile production. The name relates to the spectrum of bold hues commonly used to mark flocks of sheep that are spectacularly incongruous in pastoral settings. Technicolour comprises an upholstery, three rugs and two curtains.