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SCP East

135-139 Curtain Road
London
EC2A 3BX, UK

Mon-Sat: 9.30am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

+44 (0)20 7739 1869
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SCP Pimlico Road

57 Pimlico Road
London
SW1W 8NE, UK

Mon–Sat: 9:30am – 5pm

+44 (0)20 3917 9889
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SCP Upholstery

SCP upholstery pieces are defined by three key factors: quality, longevity and sustainability. Since our very first upholstery design in 1991, the Balzac armchair by Matthew Hilton, we have been refining our manufacturing skills, improving the materials that go into the pieces and working ever closer with our designers. The result is a quality of product that we are exceptionally proud of, a product that we offer a lifetime guarantee on, and a product that we believe can improve any environment.

Quality, Longevity and Sustainability

Our upholstery designs are all made by hand at our specialist factory in Norfolk, England, where our small dedicated team ensure total quality control. There are three key stages in the making process: frame-making, pattern-cutting and upholstering.

Frame Making

A dedicated wood-working shop make all of the frames, using FSC approved solid wood, usually beech. They use a variety of woodworking machines in the process, different saws and planers to create the perfect finish on the frame. The frames are then glued and screwed together using traditional methods and quality controlled before they enter the upholstery section of the factory. The lifetime guarantee that SCP offer is on these frames, if they ever break, or get damaged in normal use, SCP will fix them at no cost. So, ensuring they are made to an outstanding build quality is of upmost importance.

Pattern Cutting

While the frames are being made, the corresponding patterns are being cut by the team of seamsters and seamstresses in another part of the factory. They work to patterns that are created when a piece is first developed by SCP, this is when the designer comes to the factory, usually a number of times over a 6 to 12 month period, where they refine their designs, from computer generated drawings, to real life objects.

Upholstering

Once the frame and the fabric are prepared, the design goes into the final stage of development, when it is upholstered by hand, using little more than simple tools, a compressed air staple gun a lot of dedication. Our policy is that each single upholstery piece is worked on by one single upholsterer, who takes care of the design and ensures it is perfect before it leaves the factory floor for a final quality control check. Many of our upholsterers have worked at the factory for a number of years, and their knowledge and understanding of the materials, of intricate hand work and of how to resolve problems is invaluable in ensuring a quality product.

This final upholstery stage in the making process is a lengthy process, and can take between four to six hours to complete, depending on the product itself. What we ensure, is that all work is done in a measured and correct way, and the factory is a collaborative environment where our staff can support each other in solving problems and can constantly strive to make product better.

Sustainable & Hardwearing Materials

To ensure a sustainable product, SCP use a range of natural materials in the upholstery process, rather than just using foam, which is a petrochemical based product. We use alternatives like rubberised coconut hair and needled wool for fillings and pure feather cushion pads. On a small number of products some foam is required, but we use recycled foam for this purpose.

Lifetime Guarantee & Re-Upholstery Service

SCP are confident in the longevity of their upholstery. We offer a lifetime guarantee on all frames and a full re-upholstery service. Learn more here.

Fabric Selection

SCP work with many industry leading fabric suppliers. We offer over a selection of over 70 fabrics online and many more in-store. Customers are also able to provide their own fabric but must provide a certificate from the fabric supplier to confirm that it passes UK fire regulations, including cigarette and match tests. Browse our fabrics here.

Design & Development

We work with leading designers from all different disciplines to create our upholstery pieces. Since our first upholstery design by Matthew Hilton in 1991, we have worked with classic industrial designers, but also with artists, textiles designers and even ceramists to create our pieces. From this wealth of different perspectives we have learned that there is no ideal fixed knowledge in approaching upholstery design, but rather, experimentation and a hands on approach is what gets the best results. This is why we work so closely with our designers, creating bonds that go beyond the simple client and designer relationship, our designers become part of the SCP family, and their inquisitive nature and desire to shape the future gives us the energy and joy to keep creating wonderful objects, for now, and for tomorrow.

All of the SCP designers express how complicated it is working with upholstery, which is essentially just the layering of different materials to create a form; rather than having one single material to create a form, be it wood, metal or plastic. Creating a design in upholstered form is an inexact art, quite unlike some other forms of design, which is why we work so closely with our designers to create SCP pieces. They quite literally pull, push and manipulate material into form during the product development process, and their input is crucial in making our products both beautiful objects and resolved designs.

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Balzac armchair in component form

Factory Facts & Figures

Warehouse units // 1 Woodworking Unit, 1 Central Unit for Pattern Cutting, Upholstery and Product Testing
Total no of staff // 15 (made up of full and part-timers)
Machines // Various woodworking machines: Dimension chop saw or cross cut saw, planer thickness, bandsaws fine and coarse cutting, belt sander.Sewing machines: overlocker, twin needle machines (two different widths of stitch) single stitch sewing machines
Cutting // Good old fashioned sheers or scissors and a small orbital fabric cutter.
Upholstery // Compressed air staple guns varying sizes and heads for fine detailing or standard stapling.
Stuffing Department // Fibre blowing machine, British made machine.
Main Materials // FSC sourced beech for frames. Rubberised and coconut hair sheets for fillings.  Needled wool for fillings. Pure feather cushion pads.

 

Find out about our Re-Upholstery service here.

SCP Upholstery Collection