SCP and Ishinomaki Laboratory unveil wooden furniture designed to minimise waste

Merging British and Japanese design and craft sensibilities, the collection features work by 12 contemporary designers including chairs, tables, benches and stools

Group shot of wooden furniture including chairs, tables, benches and stools
The new collection, for which 12 designers were issued with stock board widths of Western red cedar
(Image credit: press)

London furniture brand SCP joins forces with Japan’s Ishinomaki laboratory to unveil a new collection of furniture and domestic objects developed with contemporary designers during London Design Festival 2021. Marking the tenth anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami (in the aftermath of which the Japanese workshop was founded), the collection celebrates the long-term collaboration between founder Keiji Ashizawa and SCP founder Sheridan Coakley.

SCP and Ishinomaki Laboratory

Chair made of natural wooden parts with black curved back

’Ishinomaki‘ chair

(Image credit: Sam Hecht & Kim Colin)

The collaboration between the two companies has continuously evolved since they first met in 2014, with SCP becoming the first company to make Ishinomaki Laboratory products outside of Japan, as part of its Made in Local initiative. As a result, SCP produces Ishinomaki Laboratory in its specialist Norfolk workshop, using Japanese techniques with local materials. 

Designers include Matthew Hilton, Industrial Facility’s Sam Hecht & Kim Colin, Reiko Kaneko, Livia Lauber, Philippe Malouin, Daniel Schofield, and Ilse Crawford & Oscar Peña. The brief given by Coakley and Ashizawa to the group was simple: to design a piece of furniture or object from stock board widths in Western red cedar. Designers worked within the constraints of the Ishinomaki Laboratory guidelines, considering available machinery and tools, while designing to minimise waste. This way, all pieces in the collection can be easily reproduced by any global Ishinomaki Laboratory partner.

Storage bench made of wood

‘Slide & Hide’ by

(Image credit: Alex Hellum)

Each designer brought their aesthetic sensibility to the project, resulting in an eclectic collection that merges different languages under the harmonious aesthetic of the Ishinomaki craft. Originating from the boards, the pieces feature simple compositions and compact forms, and consider contemporary living as well as the needs of public and hospitality spaces – each interpretation offering a diverse point of view on the material and construction techniques.

The collaboration features a wide range of pieces, including chairs, tables and armchairs. Designers also created planters, storage furniture, a gym bench, bird baths and small functional furniture, such as side tables and stools, that respond to the demands of flexible living and compact spaces. 

The collection is part of SCP’s ‘All Our Working Lives’, dubbed ‘an exploration of human-centric design and new ideas about our working lives’, staged at their Shoreditch store.

Large planter with plants

‘Plant’, indoor/outdoor planter

(Image credit: Louis Devall)

Pair of wooden nesting tables

Nesting tables

(Image credit: Livia Lauber)

Armchair with wooden frame and green upholstered seat and back

‘FLW’ armchair

(Image credit: Samuel Wilkinson)

Tall stool

‘Shichi’ stool

(Image credit: Michael Marriott)

Small side table in wood

‘Left’ side table

(Image credit: Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña)

Long gym bench in wood


(Image credit: Matthew Hilton)

Wooden cafe chair

Café chair

(Image credit: Philippe Malouin)


The collaboration between SCP and Ishinomaki Laboratory is on view during London Design Festival, 18 – 26 September 2021


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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.