It’s worth noting, after a year and a half of living on a smaller, quieter scale, how much creativity and design has been centered around the idea of work. It will likely continue on as we feel out our routines and learn a new work/life balance. Case in point, during 2021’s London Design Festival, manufacturer and retailer of design products, SPC, worked with eight designers on an exploration of human-centric design and our working lives. The exhibition, All Our Working Lives, brought together a variety of furniture, upholstery and textiles from the minds and hands of Matthew Hilton, Ilse Crawford, Oscar Peña, Reiko Kaneko, Lucy Kurrein, Philippe Malouin, Donna Wilson and Terence Woodgate. You can learn more about each piece below.
At this year’s London Design Fair, SCP continued on with an initiative they began at last year’s event: presenting all of their designs with a percentage sharing the amount of natural materials used in each piece. The brand is committed and working towards using only sustainable materials in their supply chain, while also reusing materials within their own ecosystem when possible.
Matthew Hilton has designed Grove, a complementary range of furniture in European oak, comprising a dining chair and a table system of various sizes and configurations. He has also created a standalone side table, The Constructivist, made from walnut and is inspired by constructivist art.
Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña presented the Bruno armchair. Inspired by Bruno Munari’s poster ‘Seeking Comfort In An Uncomfortable Chair’, it’s designed for a more relaxed way of sitting. The lightweight frame is covered in upholstery which encourages a variety of sitting positions..
Reiko Kaneko has created three wide lipped vases to expand her Terracotta collection of designs, which are all handmade in Suffolk.
Lucy Kurrein re-designed the popular Tepee sofa, creating a generous sectional that allows for a number of seating configurations.
Philippe Malouin continues his experimental approach to sustainable upholstery design, with the second iteration of his Puffer armchair and a new sofa version of the design.
Donna Wilson designed a new woven textile for use in upholstery, called Tipi, while also creating a new colorway of the classic SCP Bora Da fabric.
Terence Woodgate has designed a three legged side table in solid European ash, as well as an updated version of the Woodgate sofa system that features a lightly changed form and solid wood legs.
To learn more about All Our Working Lives, visit news.scp.co.uk.