SCP Postcard, 1985
SCP was founded in 1985, here is a brief history of the company featuring a few highlights from the last two decades. If you want find out the latest SCP news, please go to our Blog.
SCP Magazine entitled “SCP Issue 1” published, designed by Farrow Design. The magazine previews new products including the Berwick sofa by Matthew Hilton, Pouff’s by Donna Wilson, the collaborative Nos Da textile Collection and the acclaimed SCP Boxed Collection, with designs from Alex Hellum, Michael Marriott and Peter Marigold. Later in the year SCP exhibit the Peggy table system and the Drysdale sofa system by PearsonLloyd at SCP East, during the London Design Festival 2009.
SCP Issue 1, Magazine
Drysdale sofa system at SCP East
Nos Da Collection bag by Donna Wilson and SCP
Dual exhibitions during the London Design Festival at SCP East and SCP West, including the launch of Molly and Wilma by Donna Wilson and the UK launch of the MYTO chair by Konstantin Grcic for Plank.
Myths&Legends at SCP East, London Design Festival 2008
SCP West, the new London branch of SCP opens on Westbourne Grove. Product launches include the award winning Edith and Agnes shelving by Kay+Stemmer and the Motley by Donna Wilson.
SCP West, Westbourne Grove, London
Agnes shelving by Kay+Stemmer for SCP
A crop of exquisite designs from Russell Pinch are the highlight of the year. From the austere elegance of the Elsie sofa to the timeless Avery chair, Russell’s designs prove to be both visionary and prescient, foretelling a new focus in the design industry on simplicity, function and honest use of materials.
Avery chair by Russell Pinch
New products include the Slow sofa by Terence Woodgate that would later become the sofa system used for The Barbican Arts Centre re-furbishment in 2006. A collaboration with Designer of the Year nominees Timorous Beasties sees the launch of the politically charged London Toile during the London Design Festival, whilst Sheridan Coakley is delighted to receive the RSA bicentenary medal.
London Toile fabric by Timorous Beasties
Slow sofa by Terence Woodgate in London Toile fabric,London Design Festival 2005
Start of long-term relationship with Danish manufacturer HAY, beginning with the “Hay Fever” event at SCP East and following on with their presence beside SCP at 100% Design London. SCP launch the hugely popular Sax Circular coffee table. A disastrous fire at the SCP warehouse sees the destruction of a number of priceless early SCP pieces, all of which will sadly never be replaced.
Sax circular table by Terence Woodgate for SCP
Ray chair by Jakob Wagner for Hay
SCP open a concession in Selfridges Birmingham and launch the Farrow Design Fine Time, No Time and Night Time clocks at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
SCP Selfridges Birmingham
No Time, Night Time and Fine Time by Farrow Design for SCP
SCP open a concession in Selfridges Manchester, host a Jean Prouve exhibition in collaboration with Cappellini at SCP Selfridges London and exhibit at the Paul Smith showroom in Milan, on via Durini, during the Salone del Mobile.
Paul Smith Showroom, Via Durini, Milan
SCP exhibit at the infamous Superstudio in Milan, during the inaugural year of Zona Tortona. Micheal Sodeau design the ruthlessly modern Mono sofa system for SCP.
Mono sofa by Michael Sodeau for SCP
Design legend Robin Day creates a Sofa and Occasional Bed for SCP whilst the SCP Showroom hosts the UK Launch of the Biomega MN01 Bicycle by Marc Newson.
Biomega bike by Marc Newson
SCP open a large concession on the 4th floor at Selfridges, London. The year is defined by a collaborative exhibition entitled “Please Touch”, which sees SCP produce a Limited Edition Collection designed by a range of contemporary artists. Product and works: Chair Noir by Martin Boyce, Sofa/Bed/Table/Desk/Shelving by Michael Craig-Martin, Lit-bed-leaba by Dorothy Cross, One on One table by Andrew Miller, Tube Station sofa by Julian Opie, Cleat stool by Richard Wentworth and Daybed by Rachel Whiteread.
Daybed by Rachel Whiteread
SCP produce the Hoop chair by Tom Dixon and the PSS public seating system by Terence Woodgate is specified for the newly opened Heathrow Express.
PSS by Terence Woodgate at Heathrow Express
New products by Michael Marriott, the Missed Daybed and Croquet Shelving. Andrew Stafford designs the Stafford sofa.
Missed Daybed by Michael Marriott
Croquet shelving by Michael Marriott
SCP Contracts, the wing of SCP that provides furniture and lighting for corporate and public sector clients, is established.
Air chairs by Jasper Morrison for Magis, specified by SCP Contracts at Tate Modern
Konstantin Grcic designs the Mono side tables and Geoff Hollington the MSC stacking chair. SCP celebrates its first decade in business.
SCP 10 Year celebration logo
Stacking chair by Geoff Hollington
Mono side tables by Konstantin Grcic
In an all British collaboration, SCP exhibit at Paul Smith in Milan during the Salone del Mobile. SCP produce the James Irvine Archiver bookcase and a new desk by Jasper Morrison.
SCP at Paul Smith, Milan with Konstantin Grcic and Terence Woodgate
SCP produce the Span Shelves by James Irvine.
Span by James Irvine
SCP Exhibit at Orgatec in Cologne with the new PSS public seating system by Terence Woodgate. Tam Tam and Tom Tom table by Konstantin Grcic for SCP.
SCP Orgetec Invitation featuring PSS
Public Seating System (PSS) by Terence Woodgate
Tom Tom and Tam Tam by Konstantin Grcic for SCP
SCP make their first upholstery piece, the Balzac armchair by Matthew Hilton. The chair initially receives mixed reviews, but goes on to become the biggest selling SCP chair of all time, something of an icon, included in the well known Taschen book “1000 Chairs” and a permanent resident at the Geffrye Museum, the Museum of the English domestic interior. Other design of the year at the Auberon table by Matthew Hilton and the Bishop table by Konstantin Grcic.
Balzac armchair first sketch, Matthew Hilton 1991
Balzac armchair and ottoman by Matthew Hilton for SCP
SCP begin to work with Thetford Designs Ltd., the upholstery manufacturer in Norfolk later to become Coakley & Cox Ltd.
SCP produce the Stacking chair by Jasper Morrison.
Stacking chair by Jasper Morrison for SCP, image and original drawing
SCP produce the Noah range by Nigel Coates.
Early metalware pieces by Matthew Hilton are produced by SCP, the Swan and the Zigzag candlesticks.
Swan candlesticks by Matthew Hilton
SCP exhibit at the Salone del Mobile, Milan for the very first time. Products on show are the Stool, Console and Side table by Jasper Morrison and the Trolley, Table and Bow shelving system by Matthew Hilton. SCP receive widespread critical acclaim for their efforts to elevate British design on the international scene.
Side tables and Stool by Jasper Morrison for SCP
The SCP Showroom and Headquarters open on Curtain Road, EC2, London. The first exhibition is a collection of iconic Philippe Stark furniture from Cafe Costes.
Invitation to first ever SCP exhibition, 1985