Simple functionality, well-considered design and an eye for originality have been at the core of The Conran Shop ever since it was founded in 1974 by Sir Terence Conran. Offering an inimitable blend of design classics and innovative new work, its furniture and lighting, home accessories and gift selections have inspired generations of visitors, continually evolving to reflect our ever-changing way of life. A global leader in curated design withan expanding family of stores across the globe (including London, Paris and Tokyo), all offering an unbeatable shopping experience, it is hardly surprising that The Conran Shop has maintained its international near-cult status.
Mid-century classics and one-off vintage pieces, hand-selected from the world’s best design houses, are reinvigorated in the company of a kaleidoscopic range of future collectibles from established and emerging designers. In recent years The Conran Shop has developed numerous collaborations and exclusive collections, as well as orchestrating releases of some of design history’s celebrated archival pieces from revered manufacturers such as Knoll, Vitra and Carl Hansen & Søn.
I have always believed that good design and well-made products have a very simple power to improve the quality of life for people
Commenting on the Seoul opening, Sir Terence Conran, who still plays an active role in the business as chairman, said: ‘I have always believed that good design and well-made products have a very simple power to improve the quality of life for people. These characteristics seem to be in the very DNA of the Korean design aesthetic. As Provost of the Royal College of Art, I saw first-hand the considerable efforts being put into training its design students. I look forward to seeing how the trademark Conran style evolves in a new market and influences our global brand.’
With a firm eye on the future, The Conran Shop pays homage to its design forbears by marking the Bauhaus centenary throughout 2019. Along with a dynamic takeover of window displays in its London stores, there will be a launch of UK exclusives, such as Marcel Breuer’s D4E Folding Chair by Tecta, and all-new collaborations with Matthew Hilton and Samuel Wilkinson. As a young designer Sir Terence Conran embraced the Bauhaus movement’s principles, recognising the importance of beautiful, functional and accessible products – a philosophy that has been integral to the success of The Conran Shop ever since.