Founded by Sir Terence Conran in 1973, The Conran Shop is the favoured destination for the latest and greatest in furniture, lighting and gifting. Hosting diverse and compelling collections from established designers and fresh, exciting talents across the globe, the brand has ten international locations and a web presence delivering over 8,000 lines to 70 countries.
An international brand with a British heart, The Conran Shop has collaborated with many of the most renowned design brands, including Knoll, Vitra and Carl Hansen & Søn. Its limited editions of world-famous designs draw on Sir Terence’s legacy of craftingplain, simple and useful objects.
In 2020, these collaborations saw Eero Saarinen’s timeless Tulip Table honoured with a Sequoia tabletop, an extraordinary Brazilian granite. To mark the 75th anniversary of the LCW Chair by Charles and Ray Eames, the chair was awarded a sublime and exclusive finish in ash and walnut. An ever-growing private range saw the triumphant launch of new furniture and lighting pieces, from ‘Hatch’ to ‘Highline’, alongside extensions of Gabriel Tan’s ‘Monument’, Samuel Wilkinson’s ‘Fold’ and Daniel Schofield’s ‘Mag’ collections.
The brand’s newest expansion, its first in South Korea, has won multiple awards, confirming The Conran Shop as the best design store in the world. This warm welcome from the Korean market has paved the way for continued retail opportunities with the Lotte Corporation, and a second location is due to open in July 2021 in Dongtan.
Having been under the ownership of Sir Terence since its inception, The Conran Shop was acquired by British businessman Javad Marandi OBE in early 2020, when Sir Terence avowed, ‘I remain passionately fixated on the future, and this deal secures our legacy. We share so many common beliefs and values about the future of The Conran Shop, luxury and retailing in general.’ Grand ambitions are firmly in place for the new decade.
Pandemic restrictions on stores inspired The Conran Shop to prioritise its online presence. Already endowed with exceptional pieces, the available range has been expanded and polished, as has its strategy for ecommerce trading, where it has collaboratively honed its creative response to the new normal.
On 12 September, the passing of Sir Terence Conran, aged 88, shocked the world. The trailblazing innovator, architect, designer, restaurateur, writer and great British success story left a formidable legacy for The Conran Shop, not just to enjoy, but to prolong. His founding vision endures: to showcase only the best in design, honouring his British roots with a hand-picked product range and championing British creative innovators, including such former design protégés of Sir Terence as Daniel Schofield. In nurturing these talents, the brand has supported initiatives like New Designers, digitally highlighting this emerging community.
The Conran Shop is an unbeatable shopping experience, with design that is both aesthetically pleasing and investment-worthy, whether in store or online. Ever-changing and evolving, where design classics stand proudly alongside future collectibles, it carries forward Sir Terence’s heritage to the future, whatever challenges that may hold.