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Terence’s ‘nice’ bowl for Alessi


We are loving the The ‘Nice’ bowl – designed by Terence Conran as part of the Alessi Officina collection. It’s his first piece for the company and has been designed with an inverted beehive shape and mirrored double wall bowl,  inspired by a stack of old wooden bowls once commissioned by him.

Added to the Alessi catalogue in honour of his 80th Birthday, Terence named it ‘nice’, as he suggests the double wall structure makes it the perfect ice receptacle.


Available now from The Conran Shop

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Do the press like our M&S range? We think so!

There have been some fantastic pieces of press recently for the Conran M&S range now in stores and online

An interview with Terence in the Yorkshire Post, here pictured sitting in the Bainbridge chair.

The Bainbridge chair also features in Novembers issue of  House Beautiful


As well as printed publications bloggers have also been showing their love for the range with the lovely Norwegian  interiors blog Ideas To Steal mentioning it.

Sofas and chairs are proving very popular with House and Garden featuring the Ackroyd sofa as one of their stylish ideas for the home. What a beautiful page of colour!


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What CONRAN saw – London Design Festival 2011

‘So much to do so little time’ was the general call from many of the Conran team this time last week as the London Design Festival 2011 swung fully into action with the opening of many of the larger shows around the capital.

This year Tent and designersblock in the ever-fascinating Farmiloe Building seemed to showcase a more raw, up and coming talent whereas Tramshed and designjunction housed some of the design world’s most interesting and creative brands with a easy going but professional vibe. 

A group of us went along to the opening party of designjunction, which debuted in Milan this year, showcasing ‘the best in global design’. Fascinating to see inside the Victoria Building on Southampton Row too. 

 

 

Another Country was a highlight with current classics presiding over a small selection of exquisite new ideas including Continue reading

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Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: The Marlowe Armchair

“This chair has always been a favourite of mine and for a long time I toyed with the idea of it being a floor-based item with no legs as when we saw one of the first samples the legs hadn’t arrived with the main body of the chair and we were rather taken with it just sitting on the floor.  However in the end we decided to give people the choice and so this piece is available with removable legs” Terence Conran

This chair offers sink-into comfort with the smart, good-looks of the finest contemporary upholstery. What’s more it’s hand-made in Britain. Who says we don’t make anything anymore?

£999, available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn

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DIY Design Classic: Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: No. 9 – Basevi Chair covers

Yesterday we talked about our generous and immensely useful Pugin Dining Table. Check it out here if you missed it.

While we are on dining we thought we would talk about our Basevi chair covers - rather a humorous product that allows you to transform a standard dining chair into a design classic.

DIY Shaker Chair...?

Just drop one of these slip covers, illustrated with Terence’s drawings of some of his favourite chairs, over a standard dining chair or any tired looking pieces to get yourself a whole new look from a Shaker ladderback to a Thonet.

 They are particularly good for dinner parties and for outdoor use and can be easily removed for cleaning.

£299 for a set of two chairs with covers available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn AVAILABLE NOW!

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Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: No 8 – Pugin Dining Table

“A good size table should really be the heart of any home – with a multitude of uses from entertaining evening guests or enjoying long, relaxed Sunday lunches, to the ubiquitous use as a homework station for children or for adults to sit around reading the papers.” Terence Conran

Pugin is really generous in size so you can do all those things. There is even a useful, brightly coloured drawer hidden underneath the surface for hiding away cutlery, napkins or anything else that tends to hang around on the table – a common problem, as many of us know from experience!

£699, available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn

Pugin with some of our other lovely AW11 dining products...

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Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: No. 7 Jacquard Stitch Cushion

“I particularly love this oversize, generous cushion in tones of teal with a grey ground and ochre highlights. The gradient of colour is beautiful and the quality is superb” Terence Conran

We gave this away as a little press gift at our press day back in June and people loved it.

It looks great in a living room environment but equally the soft, sophisticated tones are very restful in the bedroom too and at 58cm square it makes an excellent oversize pillow to aid relaxing reading in bed!

£29.50 with real feather inner, available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn. Available online 23 September.

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Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: No. 6 – Segment Clock

“We have several clocks in this collection but I have to say I think this is my favourite. I sketched it when we first began talking about this project and its deceptively simple design belies a rather more challenging manufacturing process; layering three types of wood veneer onto a solid oak base, matching the woods together to make up the design whilst maintaining a beautiful, smooth finish.” Terence Conran

M&S Conran Segment Clock

We are sure this clock is set to become a classic. Its graphic, contemporary form has the merest nod to the retro styling of the sunburst clocks of the 50s, when Terence first began working, but keeps it simple, clean and contemporary – what Conran does best.

£79 available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online atwww.marksandspencer.com/autumn

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Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: No. 5 – The Hourglass

This product has caused quite a stir in the office. It’s a witty update on the old-fashioned hourglass – but we’ve reduced the time down to just 15 minutes.

Legend has it, when M&S CEO Marc Bolland saw it he immediately said he wanted to order one for each of his staff at the M&S Head Office in Paddington to make sure meetings were conducted quickly and efficiently!

 

It’s something we might even think about doing here at Conran HQ. Although an even better use might be for maximum running time for the bath or a countdown to putting the kettle on in the middle of your favourite TV programme….

£19.50, available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn. Available online 23rd September.

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Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: No 3 The Coleridge Modular Sofa System

 “Modular sofa units have become increasingly popular over the last few years and the idea with this one was to create a cosy, contemporary piece that fits in with our mantra of Easy Living. It’s a very flexible and affordable choice for any home. I also love the footstool that doubles as a single sofa bed – perfect for unexpected guests” Terence Conran

Coleridge’s quilted panels give this design a sumptuous sink-in comfort. 

What’s more, it’s available in a range of beautiful fabrics hand-picked by the Conran team  from super smart cotton velvets (Terence’s favourite) to cosy, contemporary wool felts in our Autumn/Winter 2011 colour palette of gorgeous greys and sophisticated teals and ochres.

Like this? You might also like our Bainbridge and Godwin armchairs:

  

Prices from £799 for the footstool/sofabed available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn

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