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We are Conran, and we have a new blog…

‘What’s Going on at Conran?’ was launched in spring 2010 to show off everything we do at Conran, and what goes into it. Over time, it’s expanded to much more than that – a place for sharing our opinions as well as our work; for talking about our love of design, our favourite designers, galleries and places to eat.

To do justice to this, a new blog was needed, and we’re delighted to pull up the curtain on We are Conran. We hope you like it.

We’re on the lookout for guest contributors to the new blog – if you’re interested, or have any other feedback, let us know.

Finally: if you’re at a loose end tonight, do come down to The Conran Shop Marylebone from 5.30, where we’re celebrating our new Ten Green Bottles collection for Gordon, as well as our shiny new blog.

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Conran: Azhar on Architecture: My favourite place


Villa Almerico-Capra “La Rotonda”, Vicenza (1565-1591)

By Andrea Palladio completed by Vincenffarzo Scamozzi. 

I started my architectural training at the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, UCL in the mid 1980s, where we were taken on our first year trip to the medieval university city of Padua. We spent a week there exploring the city and more importantly being exposed to the wonder and evolution of the renaissance period. 

For me, the most memorable part of the trip to Padua was seeing the Villa Almerico-Capra, Continue reading

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Conran: Meeting up in style…

What better place to enjoy a cool glass of wine on one of the warmest, sunniest evenings of the year than the rooftop terrace of Terence Conran’s apartment.

And while you’re there why not have a nose around our building and find out a bit more about Conran?

That’s exactly what tempted 40 of the UK’s most eminent design bloggers to join us last night for the first of our blogger’s meet-up events, run in conjunction with our friends over at mydeco.com, the one-stop shop for all your design needs.


We thought it would also be a great opportunity for people to chat to our team and get the lowdown on each part of Conran, whilst having a little look around our studios.


While the team from The Conran Shop chatted to people about some of their hot new products for Spring Summer 2011, down in Studio Conran Bryony Akehurst and Katy Clarke talked the guests through the branding project they did for the healthy cake people Petit Pois and Product Designer Jared Mankelow demonstrated the design process behind our mobile phone which launched in Japan last year, sparking a very interesting discussion on the dying art of hand sketching as a useful exploratory phase at the beginning of the design process.

Interior Designer Jacqui Senior and Architect Nico Santarelli showed bloggers around our Architecture & Interiors floor, Conran & Partners talking about the breadth of interior design we have done all over the world and the massive new redevelopment project Conran & Partners have just completed in Tokyo (more next week…).


All very interesting stuff and lots of questions asked!

In Conran & Company project manager Holly-Anne Rolfe and textile designer Lâle Güralp gave the bloggers a quick tour around their office, showcasing some of the Conran branded product they help develop including brand new bedlinen designs from Bed by Conran and Conran Fine Bedlinen which are just about to hit the shops – books, colour and inspiration galore.

Plus much interest in the beautiful collection of prints of paintbrush collections which Terence bought as a book and framed years ago which have adorned the walls of the office since it was Terence’s a few years ago (he’s now just across the hallway).

There’s already been a few reports posted up there in the big, bold, blogosphere…

there’s one here at youmightlikethis.com – (thanks!)

Watch this space – we hope to have many more meet-ups in the future….enjoy the sun!

Update: LOADS MORE NEWS HERE!

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Conran: Brightly coloured collection for Autumn at The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop have just launched phase 2 of their vibrant and extremely well priced Well Considered collection.

Read more about the new products on The Conran Shop blog.

It is looking fabulous in its own Well Considered shop at the new-look store in Fulham Road. Go and see it now! We guarantee you won’t be able to walk away empty handed.

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Conran: At the Earth Awards

There was a strong Conran presence at this year’s Earth Awards, held last Friday in the ornate surroundings of Marlborough House off the Mall, with Terence, Conran Holdings CEO Roger Mavity and Sean Sutcliffe from Benchmark Furniture on the podium in discussion with the Financial Times architecture critic, Edwin Heathcote.

Partnering with the FT Summit: Investing in Innovative Design and Technology, the Earth Awards is a platform for consumer-driven ideas that challenge designers and innovators to build a new economy. Its aim is to identify viable designs which have the potential to improve our quality of life and build a new economy.

So it was a perfect stage for Roger, Sean and Terence to talk to an audience of delegates and opinion formers from all over the world about Conran and Benchmark’s involvement in sustainable design solutions.

Terence spoke passionately about preserving beautiful old buildings and breathing new life in to them, something that Conran & Partners have significant experience of including Boundary, the Bluebird, Embassy Court, Butlers Wharf and the Design Museum.

Roger gave a passionate yet witty key note address, encouraging people to redesign the way we live our lives while Sean talked of Benchmark’s contribution to rural communities and importance of using sustainable wood in furniture making.

He concluded with a quote from Frank Lloyd Wright:

“The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.”


Read more about Benchmark’s excellent work on their blog



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Conran: Which design pieces would Terence pass down to his children?

Find out here

Read all about it here in The Telegraph

Like what you see? Click here to invest in a piece of classic design yourself. We believe there is no better heirloom.

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Conran: Conran Classics at The Conran Shop

Check out the brand new Conran Classics range just unveiled at The Conran Shop today.

The range celebrates iconic designs dating from the early 20th century through to this one – from Thonet’s ground-breaking bentwood chair via Saarinen’s pedestal-based tables and chairs to the new classics, such as Arad’s sinuous Bookworm bookshelf and Morrison’s Air Chair.

We love the fab brochure designed by Studio Conran featuring members of the Conran family with their favourite classic pieces


Read more about it on The Conran Shop blog

Click here to buy

There’s already loads of interest out there…

In The Telegraph

On Apartment Therapy

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Conran Columns: Azhar on Architecture: At the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

“We must look to the future”

The Venice Biennale of Architecture: The most interesting (and the most original) architecture forum in the world.

This year’s theme: “People Meet in Architecture”.

It’s very apt for this event to be held in the great city of Venice, an ancient mysterious labyrinth which allows ‘incidental encounters’ more than any other city that I know.

Although there are events happening all over the city the Biennale is located essentially in two key locations; the enigmatic and heavily under-used Giardini, where there are pavilions of the known cultural world; and the awe-inspiring Arsenale, the ancient naval base, which includes the magical Corderia (….where they used to make ropes – which goes some way to explaining the length of this space!)

There has been a tendency in the past to enigmatically re-interpret architecture as a form of representation and for me this often comes across as frosted artistry with a very broad range of success.

Do architects really have to show how knowing and clever they are by working with art and artists?

For me the exciting elements are where one can see speculation, which raises the issues of what is being done, and what are we going to do in the future. Where we are and where we have been, is not the point of such a gathering.

For me the highlights were the pavilions by Australia, Japan, Canada and also the curating by Kazyuo Sejima of the Padiglione Italia.

In the Corderia, Wim Wenders created a 12 minute 3D film installation of SANNA’s Rolex Learning Centre which got me thinking about Architecture and Photography.

While I think that Architecture has always been very unsatisfactorily captured by photography, and most sketches and drawings are too opaque, I must admit I really enjoyed Wenders work. It was a sort of twenty first century version of “Wings of Desires”.

I would love to write more but must end on urging you to go and see it.

It runs till 21st November 2010.

Read more about it here:

http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/iae/12th-iae.html

http://www.monocle.com/sections/design/Web-Articles/12th-International-Architecture-Biennale—Part-One/

Azhar is a Director at Conran & Partners.

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Conran: Have you seen The Conran Shop’s new website?

Just launched – the all-new website for The Conran Shop including their fabulous new blog

- check out today’s post all about stylish lighting choices for the lengthening nights

www.conrantalkingshop.co.uk

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Conran: Terence is modernism’s shining knight…

Thanks to Caroline McGhie for this fabulous article in The Telegraph on Saturday about Terence’s ongoing mission to bring the good life to Britain and advance the modernist aesthetic.

Click here to read


Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in France is where Terence would most like to live…


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