A longtime bulwark of SCP's lineup, Agnes collection by Kay + Stemmer includes a well-proportioned 2-tiered coffee table with a handy slatted lower shelf. Beautifully crafted in a choice of oak or walnut, it melds long-wearing function with an engaging aesthetic in its notably softened proportions and natural wood finish. The range extends to shelf units and a side table, each featuring similarly crafted radius edges and a gently tapered form. (Also available at A+R.)
13.8" h x 47.2" w x 23.6" d (35x120x60cm)
Solid oak or walnut
There are few true influential leaders in any industry, and when it comes to the UK’s native modern design scene, Sheridan Coakley has been at the forefront—even long before he founded his eponymous brand SCP in 1985 (the “P” is for products).
The flagship he opened that year in a former factory in the London neighborhood of Shoreditch—filled with SCP and a wide swath of other modern design houses—has transformed that corner of the capitol into a design mecca. SCP is a founding organizer of the Shoreditch Design Triangle, the largest official London Design Festival District, running since 2008.
Today, the SCP range of furniture, textiles, lighting and accessories is designed by the likes of Jasper Morrison, Terrence Woodgate, Donna Wilson, Philippe Malouin, Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña, among many other notable creators. Even the SCP logo can rest on its laurels, having been created by the great graphic designer Peter Saville, whose iconic body of work includes the wavy pattern for Joy Division.
Sustainability is also part of its locally made ethos, extending to its upsholstery methods. In 2003, SCP vertically integrated its upholstery manufacturing based in Norfolk into the company, and it continues to champion a progressive environmentalism where it can.