Element modular sofa by Philippe Malouin for SCP
Element modular sofa by Philippe Malouin for SCP

Element sofa system by Philippe Malouin

Design Guild Mark 2024

A modular sofa system that also comes as a standard three-seat sofa, developed from the idea of creating a fully enclosed conversation pit, or a pool. The Element sofa was awarded the Design Guild Mark in 2024.

With a well-rounded aesthetic, this design grew from a focus on one particular element: the corners. By creating symmetrical matching corner units, which can act as ends as well as sides, and the addition of a central ottoman module, allows for the creation of a fully enclosed internal seating space; ideal for ultimate comfort, conversation and conviviality.

The design came when I tried to make simple modular components which a corner section could be used on both sides, altogether with a poof, once repeated, could even produce a "conversation pit" thus creating a "pool"

Philippe Malouin

Element is made at SCP’s specialist upholstery factory in Norfolk, England, using 100% natural and sustainable materials. With a frame made from FSC beech and softwood ply. Upholstered with wool interliner, burlap, recycled wool felt, jute webbing, latex and coconut fibres, needled wool and multi-density wool.

In 2024, Element was awarded the Design Guild Mark which is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company in order to drive excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation. The Mark recognises the highest standards in the design of furnishings in volume production and is judged by an independent body of judges.⁠

Philippe Malouin for SCP