Milan 09: London furniture brand SCP exhibited work by designers including PearsonLloyd, Matthew Hilton (above) and Konstantin Grcic at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan earlier this month.
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Above: Oscar sofa by Matthew Hilton
The Oscar sofa strikes a pleasing balance between modernity and tradition, large in size yet light in appearance. The sofa is made from a European hardwood frame, jute webbing and hessian straps and then covered with a mix of materials that includes natural fibres, animal hair and wool. It features two large feather cushions that are notable for their depth, the back has a line of sewn in pulls, lending the sofa the appearance of a buttoned back, without the actual buttons. The feet are made from walnut stained beech, with the front two being turned versions. By contrasting long straight lines with delicate natural curves, Hilton has created a piece that is both reserved and full of humility. The Oscar sofa is a piece perfect for those who like their modernity laced with a little familiarity.
Above: Tom Tom and Tam Tam tables by Konstantin Grcic
Originally designed for SCP in 1992, the Tam Tam and Tom Tom tables have been re-issued by SCP. This pair of adjustable tables have mild steel bases finished in chocolate brown lacquer, solid beech columns finished in matt lacquer and MDF tops finished in light green and purple lacquer. This classical design by Konstantin Grcic is fluent in both its design language and its pragmatism. His eloquent use of the square and the circle evokes the spirit of the Bauhaus
Above: Peggy table by PearsonLloyd
PearsonLloyd have designed a new table system for SCP. The Peggy series is designed for both residential dining and commercial use. A contract version is available with optional cable management and tops of up to 4 x 1.5 metres. The table is made from solid ash, with a veneered ash top and solid lipping. It has been designed for flexibility of use and has a supporting frame that is designed to accommodate cables and data access. A refined aesthetic is created through the elliptical shape of the angle support frame and the subtle rotation of the oval legs, which are linked to the top by a mortis and tennon joint. A sense of proportion is established through the consistent 45-degree angle of the leg to the tabletop corner. The tabletop is 25 mm thick and will be available in a number of finishes and sizes.
Above: Lola occasional chair by Donna Wilson
The Lola occasional chair is a small version of a traditional wingback chair. The chair is made from a European hardwood frame, jute webbing and hessian straps and then covered with a mix of materials that includes natural fibres, animal hair and wool. It features a detachable full feather seat cushion, a four button upholstered seat back detail and solid beech cabriolet styled legs. The chair is also adorned with a piping detail that runs around the frame edges and around the seat cushion, this piping is colour matched to the buttons. Lola is small in stature, but large in personality. It strikes a balance between upright formality and curvaceous comfort.
Above: Joe side table by Michael Marriott
The Joe side table is made from solid ash and features a round top, single central stem and a square base. The top has three holes clustered around the central stem, allowing the lightweight table to be picked up and moved around with ease. This three hole top detail matches the grip of bowling ball and is typical of Michael Marriott’s design style, an extended exploration into how objects influence our lives and how they are used daily.
SUM shelves by Peter Marigold
SUM is a wall mounted asymmetrical shelving system made in solid cherry with brass fixings. SUM comes as a set of three, with the individual shelves in three sizes, designed to fit together in an infinite number of ways. Each sized piece is different in shape, with three of the four sides featuring agroove that allows for flexible configuration. The idea with SUM is that it can be built up to any size; depending on the wall or location it is placed in. Peter Marigold has created a geometric system that is both playful and bespoke. The finish and quality of SUM is to the highest standard and features a refined joinery detail in the corners.
Above: Chester armchair by Timorous Beasties
The Chester armchair is Timorous Beasties first foray into upholstery design. Widely known for their mastery of print design, they have approached this brief with all their usual attention to detail. The starting point for the Chester is the standard club chair form, it is made from a European hardwood frame, jute webbing and hessian straps and then covered with a mix of materials that includes natural fibres, animal hair and wool. The low slung chair has fully upholstered legs and features a button upholstered back, piping around the front end of the arms and a full feather seat cushion. The Chester is imbued with a personality and manner all its own, stately yet relaxed, inviting slumber. The Chester is finished with specially screen printed buttons, featuring a well known Timorous Beasties motif.
Above: Cedric desk Kay+Stemmer
The Cedric desk is an exercise in simplicity, refinement and deft detailing. Kay+Stemmer have drawn on all of their Parnham School training to produce a piece that has perfect proportion and reveals a mastery of craftmanship often overlooked in contemporary design. At first glance, the desk has an angular and formal appearance, yet closer inspection reveals a proliferation of rounded edges in the detailing, softening its overall look and highlighting the sense of subtlety in the piece. The Cedric is made from solid European walnut and features a dark brown leather top and lined drawers. This is one for the purists.
Berwick armchair by Matthew Hilton
Matthew Hilton has taken inspiration for the Berwick armchair from the elegance and subtlety found in the work of Vico Magistretti. The Berwick armchair is made from a European hardwood frame, jute webbing and hessian straps and then covered with a mix of materials that includes natural fibres, animal hair and wool. The seat cushion is feather and the one piece glide leg is made from natural ash. The Berwick is evidence of a maturity of style, a confidence and an unspoken understanding of desire in Matthew Hilton’s work. The chair is reminiscent of a suspended racing car seat, with a high curved back and low-slung arms. Viewed from the front the chair has a feminine slimness at the waist, whilst the profile view expresses elegant curved lines and a fine sense of proportion.
Above: Compass trestles by Matthew Hilton
The Compass trestles are a study in elegance and balance. They are made from steamed solid beech and are available in natural or stained black finish. Designed with practicality and stability in mind, the Compass consists of three component parts that fit together to create a sturdy table base. The top height is adjustable and can fit the needs of a table, desk or workbench. The Compass is notable for its finely drawn details, tapered legs that ascend into a mid-leg curve and rounded neoprene pads that secure the tabletop. The Compass comes as a pair, a separate range of tabletops in different sizes and finishes are available to accompany them.
Above: Jeeves coat rack by Kay+Stemmer
The Jeeves coat rack has all the usual coherence associated with Kay+Stemmer products. It is wall mounted and made from solid and veneered European oak and comes with a polished edged rectangular mirror. It features five large coat hooks crafted in cone shapes and three smaller cylindrical hooks, for items such as keys. Jeeves sits flush against the wall, the top section, which acts as an enclosed shelf, is also where the mirror sits. Understated and utilitarian, Jeeves is as articulate as it is practical.
Above: Ulrik stool by Alex Hellum
The Ulrik stool is made from solid ash and features a beautifully executed joinery detail that allows the seat to be constructed from two separate parts. This detail gives the stool both poise and a comfortable sitting position. Viewed from different angles Ulrik vastly changes in appearance, the seat at times appears to look like a drawing of a heart. This ever changing appearance, accentuated by the natural splay of the legs, gives the stool a personality and wit all its own..
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