SCP presents Philippe Malouin’s military camp-inspired chair

Military-inspired and sustainably made in Norfolk, England, the ‘Camp’ chair is unveiled at Milan Design Week 2022 (7 – 12 June)

Camp chairs in green and brown by Philippe Malouin for SCP
‘Camp’ chairs by Philippe Malouin for SCP
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During Milan Design Week 2022, London-based designer Philippe Malouin unveils his latest design for SCP, a chair inspired by military camp beds made of solid wood and cotton upholstery. The simple design evokes the spirit of camping, and the aptly named ‘Camp’ chair features a cubic frame with a generous cushioned seat and back. 

The piece emerged from conversations between Malouin and SCP founder, Sheridan Coakley, who asked the designer for ‘a natural, comfortable armchair that had a simple construction’. For Coakley, it was important that the chair could be made at the brand’s Norfolk facility without outsourcing any parts, so simplicity was key. 

Camp chair in brown by Philippe Malouin for SCP, seen from the back

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‘I tried to design something that was cosy and comfortable,’ says Malouin. ‘It’s more sober than some of the stuff I have done.’ The chair, he explains, has stylistic references to camp gear from the 1940s and 1950s and its design is incredibly simple: ‘nothing is attached, so if you ever wanted to change the jacket you could, if you wanted to have it dry-cleaned, you could. All of the cushion covers are zip-up ones, so they can be removed.’

Made of a solid ash frame, the chair is then dressed by cotton upholstery (with a colour palette chosen to fit the military inspiration).

Detail of Camp chair in green by Philippe Malouin for SCP

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Manufacturing the chair in Norfolk was key for SCP: for over a decade, the team has been developing sustainable upholstery techniques using alternatives to petrochemical-based foams, replacing them with natural materials, and the wood used for production has been rigorously selected from FSC-approved partners across the EU. 

The ‘Camp’ chair by Malouin is presented among new launches by the brand, shown in the picturesque cloisters of Milan’s San Simpliciano basilica. SCP’s collection includes new furniture pieces by the likes of Matthew Hilton, Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña, as well as small-scale accessories by Floris Wubben, Jochen Holz and Reiko Kaneko.

Detail of Camp chair in green by Philippe Malouin for SCP

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The ‘Camp’ chair is on view alongside the new SCP furniture and accessories collections at the Padiglione Brera from 7 – 12 June 2022


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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.