All Our Working Lives Explores Human-Centric Design + Our Work

10.27.21 | By
All Our Working Lives Explores Human-Centric Design + Our Work

It’s worth noting, after a year and a half of living on a smaller, quieter scale, how much creativity and design has been centered around the idea of work. It will likely continue on as we feel out our routines and learn a new work/life balance. Case in point, during 2021’s London Design Festival, manufacturer and retailer of design products, SPC, worked with eight designers on an exploration of human-centric design and our working lives. The exhibition, All Our Working Lives, brought together a variety of furniture, upholstery and textiles from the minds and hands of Matthew Hilton, Ilse Crawford, Oscar Peña, Reiko Kaneko, Lucy Kurrein, Philippe Malouin, Donna Wilson and Terence Woodgate. You can learn more about each piece below.

At this year’s London Design Fair, SCP continued on with an initiative they began at last year’s event: presenting all of their designs with a percentage sharing the amount of natural materials used in each piece. The brand is committed and working towards using only sustainable materials in their supply chain, while also reusing materials within their own ecosystem when possible.

wood dining table with two dining chairs and green plant

Grove by Matthew Hilton

Matthew Hilton has designed Grove, a complementary range of furniture in European oak, comprising a dining chair and a table system of various sizes and configurations. He has also created a standalone side table, The Constructivist, made from walnut and is inspired by constructivist art.

profile image of overstuffed light grey and wood armchair

Bruno armchair by Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña

Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña presented the Bruno armchair. Inspired by Bruno Munari’s poster ‘Seeking Comfort In An Uncomfortable Chair’, it’s designed for a more relaxed way of sitting. The lightweight frame is covered in upholstery which encourages a variety of sitting positions..

three clay objects on white plinths

Bulb vase by Reiko Kaneko

Reiko Kaneko has created three wide lipped vases to expand her Terracotta collection of designs, which are all handmade in Suffolk.

large red L-shaped sofa with floor rug

Teepee sofa by Lucy Kurrein

Lucy Kurrein re-designed the popular Tepee sofa, creating a generous sectional that allows for a number of seating configurations.

detail image of overstuffed armchair

Puffer armchair by Philippe Malouin

Philippe Malouin continues his experimental approach to sustainable upholstery design, with the second iteration of his Puffer armchair and a new sofa version of the design.

white sofa with two patterned throw pills and blanket

Tipi textiles by Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson designed a new woven textile for use in upholstery, called Tipi, while also creating a new colorway of the classic SCP Bora Da fabric.

two wood side tables

Side tables by Terence Woodgate

Terence Woodgate has designed a three legged side table in solid European ash, as well as an updated version of the Woodgate sofa system that features a lightly changed form and solid wood legs.

blue sofa with two patterned throw pillows

Woodgate sofa system by Terence Woodgate

To learn more about All Our Working Lives, visit

Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.