UK furniture manufacturer SCP will launch Substance, which it claims is a range of fully sustainable furniture, at the Milan furniture fair later this month.
The thinking behind Substance follows a year of research into the replacement of petrochemical-based components, including foams and synthetic polyester fibres, with renewable natural ones such as coconut and wool. SCP founder Sheridan Coakley explains that such materials were used in the production of furniture in the past, and require more traditional, labour-intensive techniques.
As a result, the manufacturing process for Substance at SCP’s Norfolk factory will have increased emphasis on hand-crafting and manual skills. The aim is for the sustainable principles to transcend SCP’s entire collection, says Coakley. Matthew Hilton’s Oscar sofa (pictured) has been designed and produced using Substance principles.
Also launching at Milan will be SCP Boxed, a collection of smaller furniture to bridge the gap between durability and affordability, as well as Weaving, a line of woven blankets and cushions made in collaboration with designer Donna Wilson.
The Milan furniture fair runs from 22-27 April.