As St George’s Day approaches, we thought we’d take a closer look the English-based craftspeople who create the seminal products that make up our collection – from traditionally made upholstery in Norfolk to hand-cast ceramics from Stoke-on-Trent.
But first, a history lesson. Our story begins three decades ago, as SCP (then known as Sheridan Coakley Products) started producing things in the mid-80s, using specialist craftspeople to make pieces in small batches.
As our designs grew in attention – be it Jasper Morrison’s 1986 steel and glass Side Table (his first ever product to go into production) to Matthew Hilton’s iconic Balzac chair – we too needed to grow.
SCP made a major step in product development as we created our first upholstered armchair, Matthew Hilton’s iconic Balzac, at an upholstery factory in the flatlands of Norfolk. Fast forward a decade later, we took over the running of the factory from the retired couple we’d been working closely with. This gave us a 360 degree design approach to understanding, controlling and pushing the needle forward with sustainable manufacturing.
It would be fair to say SCP have led the way in the British furniture manufacturing industry, both in developing fully sustainable pieces and in retaining traditional making techniques. Foam has been phased out of the production process, being replaced with renewable materials such as wool and natural fibres. The result is a more complicated design process, but ultimately a more rewarding one, too. You see, we believe in making pieces that live well, live long and have a lifetime guarantee.
And when we’re not making upholstery, we’re sourcing components for our other designs, creating a network of production partners. So many great people have helped us along the way, and we take real pleasure working with wonderfully talented craftspeople from all across England, Britain… and the globe.
We are very proud to be a British manufacturer, one who looks back at re-designs and launches new products year after year.