Designed in Hackney: furniture company SCP has been working with some of the best designers in the industry at its Shoreditch headquarters since the mid 1980s. Every day this week our Designed in Hackney series focusses on key products that were developed above the shop on Curtain Road, starting with the 1986 Side Table by Jasper Morrison.
This table was the first Morrison piece to be put into production and was shown in Milan just one year after SCP was founded by Sheridan Coakley to sell and produce classic and hard-to-find pieces.
The table isn't currently in production and these images are scanned from photos of the original production run.
Morrison is a Hackney designer himself - see our stories about his work here.
Here's the full story from SCP:
SCP set up shop in Hackney and began producing things in the mid-80's, using specialist craftspeople to make pieces in small batches. After our designs started to gain attention and then started to sell, we had to think about how to grow.
Gradually, we began to expand our manufacturing capacity, always seeking innovative and cost effective ways to make high-end design. One of our first major steps was to buy and start to run our own upholstery factory in Norfolk. This gave us far better control over product development and taught us much else besides. This year we expanded our factory, creating an in-house frame-making facility. Now all aspects of the chair making process takes place under one roof. We are very proud to be a British manufacturer, one who launches new products year after year, and maintain our roots in the ever-evolving East-End where we started.
Side Table by Jasper Morrison
Jasper Morrison’s Side table was the first piece SCP put into production. In 1986, it was exhibited at SCP’s first show in the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan. Following this show, SCP received widespread critical acclaim for their efforts to elevate British design on the international scene. The Side table had a chrome-plated or powder-coated frame and came with either one or two tiers of 10mm toughened glass, with a clear or sandblasted finish.
Designed in Hackney map:
Blue = designers
Red = architects
Yellow = brands
Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which is one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices. We’ll publish buildings, interiors and objects that have been designed in Hackney each day until the games this summer.
More information and details of how to get involved can be found at www.designedinhackney.com.