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.