It’s great how you have enjoyed the hands-on process again, because it feels like when new designers come to SCP, that hands-on process at the factory is something they really enjoy, and it is different to just designing on a computer.
“Well SCP have a very particular way of doing upholstery, it’s not the modern way to do it. Most upholstery in modern production, there are lots of bits of moulded foam, so the shape is perfect every time, the frames are CNCed, the covers are CNC cut and sewn, so you get it right, and it’s right. You pull the cover on, velcro it, and that is the end of that. Which is fantastic, but SCP is different. The frames are bits of beech that are hand cut, they use all this horsehair and rubber, wool, and mostly they don’t like to have to stitch the covers, they like to be able to put a piece of fabric on, stretch it, staple it, put another piece on, and so on. As a designer, if you don’t get that, and the kind of difficulties that gives you, to get a consistent shape, and to get some of the more complicated forms. I think you have just got to go and do it. I’ve said this before, and it might be a bit of a cliché, but it’s like making a tailor-made suit, and they have that feel. You know on a tailor-made suit you can see the stitches, and they are not perfect. They are perfect in a fitting way, you can tell it’s handmade. It’s not the kind of absolute perfection we have got used to with modern technology production, which can be a bit soulless. Some things are nice when you can see a bit of the human interaction in them.”