Considered design has been at the core of The Conran Shop ever since the late Sir Terence Conran founded it in 1973. Offering a unique and personal blend of design classics and future icons, its furniture and lighting collections, homewares, and gifts have excited visitors for generations, continually evolving to reflect how we live. ‘I always thought that The Conran Shop should be filled with the very best and most interesting products and furniture from the four corners of the world, all chosen with the same pair of eyes,’ Sir Terence once said.
Today, this legacy brand with a contemporary edge manages ten stores worldwide, including those in London, Paris, Japan, and South Korea, each providing an unbeatable shopping experience.
I wanted it to be a shop that sold classic, modern furniture for a more informed generation, alongside fine glassware and china, beautiful handmade rugs and the very best French cookware
It also has a significant online presence, delivering to over 200 countries. Mid-century classics and inimitable vintage styles from a selection of the world’s best brands are complemented and brought up to date with an innovative collection of exclusive editions from world-famous designers and makers, continuing its founder’s grand ambitions.
For autumn and winter 2022 alone, these new additions champion a new roster of iconic pieces, as well as a series of homegrown future classics. First, there’s Pierre Paulin’s characterful Groovy Chair for Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, exclusively made over in four vibrant hues of a specialist, hardwearing wool fabric. Next, Lucy Kurrein’s timeless and modular Bibendum Sofa for Molinari plays with lines of the 60s revised in a contemporary key, only available at The Conran Shop.
For lighting and homeware, there is a mix of revived luminary classics and a radiant assortment of Spanish handcrafted table, floor, and ceiling lights from Pott. The connected Terre Table Lamp by Altherr Désile Park rests halfway between artisanship and industrialisation, a tribute to clay and its organicity, while Karin Hossack’s exclusive and eclectic pottery parades handcarved edges and complementing hues for the considered home.
An unabating leader in shaping future heroes within the design sphere, The Conran Shop’s partnership with New Designers continues to thrive; young talents Cameron Rowley, Frank Winter, and Huw Evans are now under the brand’s mentorship, their poetic designs finally realised and soon available for purchase. For example, Winters’ Core collection, a bench, desk, a series of tables, and a bed with a co-ordinating headboard, pays homage to the mitre clamp, the trusted woodworking tool.
While The Conran Shop nurtures new talent, it also supports local design celebrations such as London Craft Week, London Design Festival, and Paris Design Week, consistently teaming up with talents from home and afar to spotlight its latest developments. As The Conran Shop approaches its 50th anniversary next year, the brand is ever adapting and evolving, driven by Sir Terence Conran’s founding vision of considered design and curated living. Endorsing established designers and emerging talents, it curates décors that are informed by the past, mindful of the present, and ready for the future.
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