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The Conran Shop

The home of considered design and curated living

Founded by Sit 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 began in 1973 when the former Habitat store on Fulham Road reopened as The Conran Shop. ‘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, all chosen with the same pair of eyes,’ says Sir Terence.

It quickly became the cornerstone of interiors and design on Rue du Bac… Few brands have the power to reinvent not just buildings but whole neighbourhoods

Sir Terence Conran moved the store to Michelin House in 1987, rehabilitating a London landmark and initiating the regeneration of Brompton Cross in the process. In the same way, the opening of the second London store in Marylebone in 1997 instigated the revival of Marylebone High Street, increasing footfall and enticing other retailers to the district. 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 Conran. Few brands have the power to reinvent not just buildings but whole neighbourhoods.

 

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, its dedication to nurturing talent has been furthered by its support of initiatives such as New Designers and Nicer Tuesdays centring Conran in the emerging design community.

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. Furthermore, Sir Terence’s legacy of crafting plain, simple and useful design objects endures with developments in Conran’s own-brand furniture, lighting, dining, textiles and decorative accessories. By commissioning fresh interpretations of enduring pieces, for example, the Latis Series by Samuel Wilkinson in Kvadrat/Raf Simons upholstery, Sir Terence’s initial vision for The Conran Shop to contain only the best design is carried into the future.

The Conran Shop now has 11 stores across the world, including six in Japan, large concessions in London’s Selfridges and the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, as well as its first South Korean store in Seoul’s Gangnam district. Sir Terence comments: ‘I have always said that all I want from life are simple, well-designed products. These are qualities present in the Korean aesthetic. I am excited to evolve our unique style for a new market and see how it influences our global brand.’

An unbeatable shopping experience, with carefully curated products, including vintage and modern designs and expert advice on interiors and personal services, is what defines The Conran Shop. 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.