To celebrate 30 years, we are launching SCP Classics, a new collection of designs re-issued from the SCP archive. To develop the SCP Classics collection, we have chosen the most coveted products from the archive and have invited the original designers to update them, or alternatively leave them unchanged, depending on developments in materials and manufacturing techniques. The result is a wonderful collection of designs that is at once modern, timeless and full of individuality.
With designs from Konstantin Grcic, Michael Marriott, Jasper Morrison, Rachel Whiteread, Terence Woodgate, James Irvine and Matthew Hilton.
Missed is a piece for those at leisure in the day. It is made using a solid beech timber frame with a jute webbed seat platform, upholstered in reconditioned foam, layers of rubberised hair, needled wool and an inter-liner. The rectangular head cushion is hand-made and feather filled. It is attached to the bed by a leather strap with a velcro pad, which can be adjusted for position on the underside. The cylindrical legs are in polished steel. Uncomplicated, coherent and in part homage to the daybed by Mies van der Rohe, Missed is a kind of modesty, made modern.
The Daybed by Rachel Whiteread was originally designed as part of the Please Touch exhibition at SCP in 1999, a show of furniture pieces by contemporary artists. The piece is closely related to a group of sculptures that Whiteread made in the early 1990s in rubber and plaster, which explored the space underneath a single bed. Daybed is made from a solid beech frame with multi-density foams. Upholstered in a selected colour range of Bute Tiree.
The Woodgate sofa system is made with an FSC approved beech frame, jute and elasticated webbing and then covered with a mix of renewable materials that includes natural fibres, animal hair and wool. The cushions have been specially designed for comfort, firmness and to retain their shape; they feature air vents and a hand-stitched hessian bag filled with horse hair that sits below a duck feather topper. The overall system has a slim and neat look with subtle curves and a refined set of 19mm legs, available in bronze plated or polished steel. It is available as conventional armchairs, chaise longues and sofas, or as a versatile modular sofa system to allow for L shaped configurations, with connectors included. The Woodgate sofa system is a visually light and lean design, progressive in its conception and modest in style.
A low-lying modern interpretation of the classic English chesterfield, the 2015 edition Lansdowne sofa is a piece that sits comfortably in both domestic and commercial settings.
An elegant and compact wooden desk that accommodates the user. Prado is made from solid oak and veneered chipboard, with lockable castors and a single drawer on mechanical runners. It is dowel joint constructed, with a rectangular top and two curved lower tiers. The matt lacquer finish contains ceramic particles to make it more durable. Satisfyingly restrained, the design resolves function and comfort with a light touch. Made in the EU.
Part of the SCP Boxed collection. Originally designed for SCP in 1992, the Tam Tam and Tom Tom tables were re-issued in 2009 by SCP. This pair of adjustable tables have mild steel bases finished in chocolate brown lacquer, solid beech columns finished in matt lacquer andMDF tops finished in light green and purple lacquer. This classical design by Konstantin Grcic is fluent in both its design language and its pragmatism. His eloquent use of the square and the circle evokes the spirit of the Bauhaus.
A precise high stool design that uses materials sparingly and is light in both weight and aspect. The frame is brazed constructed from 12.7 mm CNC bent tubular steel and 5 mm thick rolled steel slats. It is available in black or silver powder-coated textured finish. The Slatted stool is beautifully balanced piece, with a touch of the elemental so readable in Jasper Morrison designs. Made in Lancashire, UK.
The table comes with a sandblasted, clear lacquer or powder coated frame. Sandblasted or low-iron glass finishes are available. There are two versions, a high table with two circular glass tiers and a low table with one circular glass tier. The simple form, along with the subtle combinations of material and finish give this design a sense of purity and grace.
A set of side tables with a strong graphic look and relaxed sense of function. The Mono tables are made from laser-cut, CNC pressed steel. The tops come in four shapes and are welded to the stem, which is in turn bolted to the circular steel base. They are powder-coated in grey Ral 7024 fine textured finish. The bases have die-cut circular cork pads to protect floors and surfaces. The Mono tables are written large in Konstantin Grcic’s design language, at once recognizable and so utterly elsewhere.
A contemporary version of an Edwardian revolving bookcase. The Archiver is made from CNC cut laminated MDF shelves and vertical dividers, lathe turned aluminium rods, and rotates on base containing a bearing. Exact and simple in design, this piece is very easy to assemble, it is available in one, two and three tier versions. The shelves are in white formica, the vertical dividers in light grey Abet 420 laminate and the aluminium rods have a clear anodised finish. Made in Essex, UK.
Parallel is a component shelving system made from pressed steel with either a matt white, rust or light grey powder-coated finish. Each shelving unit is made up from two components: The uprights and the shelves. Once the uprights are screwed into the wall, the shelves simply slot into position without the need of any fittings. Woodgate has refined his original design slimming down the proportions to give the system more balance, proportion and effortless elegance. The Parallel shelving system can beextended to fit into any domestic or commercial environment. Shelves available in two widths. Made in Stevenage, England.
A collection of sculptural metalware pieces by Matthew Hilton featuring two bowls and a pair of candlesticks. The candlesticks have organic shapes reminiscent of the neck of a Swan, and the pair have become known as such. The round bowl has a textured finish and the oval bowl looks more like the surface of a stone. All the pieces are sand-cast by hand, either in aluminium or bronze. Made in Woolwich, UK.