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Sofa

Sofa

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morrison, Jasper, born 1959 (designer)
    SCP Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by SCP Ltd, London

  • Museum number:

    W.16:1 to 3-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This sofa is in a simple, undecorated so-called 'minimalist' style. This emerging style strongly influenced design in Europe in the late 1980s. The sofa here represents an important collaboration between a talented young designer and a manufacturer determined to promote new design. This collaboration marked a new era in the status and importance of British furniture design.

The shape of the sofa was unusual in mainstream British upholstered furniture at this time. So too was the way it was raised above the ground on aluminium feet. However, its construction was traditional. The frame is made of beechwood, and the upholstery consists of a conventional coiled spring structure, supported by hessian webbing and covered with foam. This construction was considered unusual on the Continent, where manufacturers used elasticised webbing or injection-moulded foam in place of springs.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Morrison, Jasper, born 1959 (designer)
SCP Ltd (manufacturer)

Dimensions

Height: 83 cm, Width: 215 cm, Depth: 70 cm

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilk, Christopher, ed. . Western Furniture 1350 to the Present Day. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. 230p., ill. ISBN 085667463X.

Labels and date

SOFA
Designed by Jasper Morrison (British, born 1959)
Made by SCP Ltd, London, 1988
Upholstery over foam on wood frame, cast aluminium feet

This elegant sofa represents the collaboration of a significant young designer with a progressive manufacturer determined to promote new design. Although the upholstered sofa is a perennially popular furniture form, it is not one that many progressive designers and manufacturers have satisfactorily addressed. This mass-produced example developed from a limited edition chaise longue.

Given by SCP Ltd
W.16-1990 [1990-2006]
SOFA
Designed by Jasper Morrison (British)
Made by SCP Ltd, London
Upholstery over foam on wood frame, cast aluminium feet
1988
The 1980s were a particularly good period for British furniture, This elegant sofa represents the collaboration of a significant young designer with a progressive manufacturer determined to promote new design. Like many mass-produced goods this one began with the manufacturer's desire to fill a market niche. The designer based his design of an earlier, limited production piece - a chaise longue - developing it further for mass production.

Although the upholstered sofa is a perennially popular furniture form, it is not one that many progressive designers and manufacturers have satisfactorily addressed. And whilst the V&A endeavors to collect all furniture types, sofas are, due to limitations of gallery and storage space, only selectively acquired.
Given by the manufacturer
Acquisition 1990 [1990]

Techniques

Upholstering

Categories

Furniture

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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