A destination lifestyle store for iconic designs and collectibles, beautiful homeware and accessories
‘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,’ says Sir Terence Conran of the game-changing store he founded in London in 1973, which is now a globally leading lifestyle retailer.
‘I wanted it to be a shop that sold 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, taking me right back to when Habitat first opened in 1964.’
With such a firm design philosophy at its core, it’s no wonder that The Conran Shop now has ten successful stores across the world (in London, Paris and Japan) and a defined ‘Conran DNA’ built around colours, materiality, pattern, form and a simple approach to functionality which is carefully updated each season. The Conran Shop curates iconic design pieces from a selection of the world’s best brands; from classics by the likes of Vitra and Knoll, through to tomorrow’s collectibles from new generation designers. Customers can find something for every occasion, whether they are looking to decorate a room or a whole home, buy a gift or stock up on beauty essentials.
This year, there is a determined focus on growing their own brand and exclusive product offering – especially in the areas of furniture, textiles and dining. The Conran Shop’s in-house design department often works together with external designers who are experts in their individual fields, including Gabriel Tan, Samuel Wilkinson and Daniel Schofield. The team also works closely with the buying department to develop products that fit carefully with the Conran DNA, while ensuring there is longevity to what is being produced. Current exclusive collaborations feature a special-edition Snoopy table lamp by Achille Castiglioni; the Beetle dining and lounge chair designed by GamFratesi for Gubi in Jabana fabric; and the walnut wood and brass stem Jardim side table by young Brazilian designer Jader Almeida.
For SS18, key trends include ‘Global Villa’, inspired by the Italian modernist casa and marble foyers of Bombay’s Art Deco buildings which translates to darker woods, tanned leathers, refined detailing and a palette of neutrals highlighted with yellow, rust and blue; ‘Modern Plantation’, influenced by garden rooms and the continued resurgence of house plants but also the colour green itself; and ‘Cap Moderne’, which takes its cues from the holiday destinations of mid-century artists and designers.
The Conran Shop is a place for living and shopping, dedicated to providing an unbeatable experience both in-store and increasingly online (the digital journal on the website also offers plenty of interior ideas, advice and inspiration). From the original iconic store in the historic Michelin Building in Chelsea and the store on fashionable Marylebone High Street, to France’s Paris location on Rue du Bac, The Conran Shop buildings and environments are diverse, creative and considerately curated to inspire customers with collections that reflect the way we live today.
The Conran Shop, 020 7589 7401