Shops: spotlight on SCP Homegirl London February 20, 2013 Shops SCP is a beautiful furniture shop stocking contemporary furniture, designer lighting and home accessories. There are two shops – Shoreditch and Westbourne Grove which showcase upholstery, furniture and products produced by SCP mingled with home accessories from well-known brands like Alessi and Anglepoise. You’ll also find lifestyle products like Uniform Wares watches and emerging brands like Hampson Woods who make chopping boards out of London plane wood, plus a wide range of gifts, books and magazines. Shop Exterior To give you an idea of what’s on sale, SCP has recommended 5 buys … Oscar two seat sofa by Matthew Hilton for SCP £3,134 Boundary pendant light by Faudet-Harrison for SCP £245 Ernest pouffe in Zig Zag by Donna Wilson for SCP £378 Nos Da cushion by Donna Wilson for SCP £75 Fort trays by Donna Wilson for SCP £32 SCP was established in 1985 by Sheridan Coakley – the name SCP simply stands for Sheridan Coakley Products. Sheridan set up shop in Shoreditch because he loved the architecture of the old derelict warehouses; the area was once a thriving furniture making district back in the 19th and 20th centuries. By the 80’s, Shoreditch was rundown and deserted but Sheridan managed to see through this. In 1985 he bought the SCP East store, a former furniture manufacturing storeroom. After a number of years of dealing in 20th century furniture in Notting Hill, Sheridan started to manufacture tubular steel furniture, inspired by the designs of the Modern Movement. He decided to start selling classic and hard to find pieces and also try his hand at producing new designs in the same spirit. He’s been credited with launching the careers of design luminaries such as Matthew Hilton, Konstantin Grcic and Jasper Morrison. Shop Interiors The store is presented in the context of a living space using a mix of own brand furniture and a selection of interesting accessories from established and emerging designers. Sheridan and Retail buyer, Paul Huggins source new products from trade shows and exhibitions all over the world. They strive to present customers with new and interesting pieces whilst continue to stock classic items which have sold exceptionally well over the years. Sheridan says his store is frequented by a range of consumers with one thing in common – they appreciate good quality, innovative and design led products. Nearly three decades on and SCP remains true to its founding idea – to make and sell design products that are functional, beautiful and made to last. Sheridan says the best thing about owning a shop is getting to meet people who buy their designs. Shop Interiors The SCP East shop is located at 135-139 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX and is open Monday – Friday 9.30am-6pm, Saturday 9.30am- 6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. The SCP West shop is based at 87 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UL and is open Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday – Saturday 9.30am- 6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. You can also buy on line at www.scp.co.uk. Credits: text by Homegirl London, images courtesy of SCP, special thanks to Sheridan Coakley and Jodi Moss.