Founded by Sir Terence Conran, The Conran Shop has established itself as one of the leading lifestyle retailers in the world, offering an eclectic and exciting collection of furniture, lighting, gifts and personal accessories from established designers and emerging talents across the globe.
The story started in 1974, when the former Habitat store on Fulham Road reopened as The Conran Shop.
‘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,’ explains Sir Terence. ‘I wanted it to be a shop that sold more classic, modern furniture for a more informed generation, such as Eames, Bauhaus originals and Mies van der Rohe, alongside fine glassware and china, beautiful handmade rugs and the very best French cookware. It was my dream store – modern, exciting and sophisticated.’
Sir Terence Conran moved the store to Michelin House in 1987, rehabilitating a London landmark and initiating the regeneration of the Brompton Cross quarter in the process. Conran described the move as ‘the happiest day’ of his life. Michelin House, constructed 1909-11, is a playful cocktail of modern industrial motifs and advertising graphics combined with more traditional elements such as stained glass, decorative tendril ironwork and palm-leaf banding.
The opening of the second London store in Marylebone instigated the revival of Marylebone High Street, increasing footfall and enticing other retailers to the district, which is now famed for its chic and varied boutiques. True to form, when the Paris store opened in the famous Bon Marché building, it quickly became the cornerstone of interiors and design on Rue du Bac, starting a Parisian love affair with the brand.
While The Conran Shop enjoys global success, its British roots remain evident in its hand-picked product offering, which champions many up-and-coming and established British designers, some of whom are protégés of Sir Terence himself.
In recent years The Conran Shop has collaborated with the world’s most renowned manufacturers, including Knoll, Vitra and Carl Hansen & Søn, to release limited editions of world-famous designs. By bringing fresh elements to enduring pieces, Sir Terence’s initial vision for The Conran Shop to contain only the best design is carried into the future.
Few brands have the power to reinvent not just buildings but whole neighbourhoods. The Conran Shop now has ten stores across the world, including six in Japan; the most recent is The Conran Shop on the Lower Ground Floor in Selfridges, Oxford Street. Dedicated to providing an unbeatable shopping experience, its carefully curated products, including vintage and modern designs, expert advice on interiors and personal services, make The Conran Shop a must for any type of gift or anyone seeking inspiration for interior design. By continually evolving its in-store and online environments and presenting in-house designs, exclusive collaborations and future collectibles, it aims to inspire and excite visitors through objects that reflect the way we live now.
THE CONRAN SHOP 81 FULHAM ROAD, LONDON SW3 6RD +44 (0)20 7589 7401