To celebrate 30 years of success (and at least 10 years of collaboration with New York store The Future Perfect), British furniture retailer and manufacturer SCP presented Sofa in Six at London Design Festival, an exhibition of six newly-upholstered sofas by 6 designers—Matthew Hilton, Michael Anastassiades, Konstantin Grcic, Faudet-Harrison, Lucy Kurrein, and Terence Woodgate—in fabrics that are, alternately, hard-wearing, plush, unexpected, and flat-out gorgeous. Trust us—we sat on the lot. The show is now up at New York showroom The Future Perfect.
Sheridan Coakley, SCP's founder, spoke humbly about the company's success over the last three decades—"I'm an amateur," he joked—despite the tumult of the global financial downturn. Coakley attributed that longevity to customers' love for craft and a business model that relies on the engineering and manufacturing skills available in the U.K. Undeniably, the beauty of the product helps, too. Surely, it helps that the company's committed itself to using petrochemical-free materials like horse hair and latex mixed with coconut fibers, rather than traditional foam, at a time when sustainability in design is on everyone's minds.
SCP also commissioned special pieces for things other than sitting for its 30th anniversary, including galvanized-steel shelving by designer Peter Marigold and gorgeous vessels by ceramicist Reiko Kaneko (↓).
You can hear more tonight from Coakley and co. at The Future Perfect, which is is hosting a talk with designers Matthew Hilton and Lucy Kurrein, plus reception, from 6–8. The Future Perfect is at 55 Great Jones Street, New York, New York.