It’s Friday, the sun is shining and we are full of the joys of spring – as is our current window display!
The products gracing the glass shelves this month are from our M&S collaboration and are all new in for SS12.
Among those gorgeous bunches of daffs are some of our bestselling cloches, cushions and our fabulous new bedlinen – nine fresh new designs for Spring.
All are available online at Marks & Spencer.
If you are in the area feel free to pop along to our office at 22 Shad Thames and have a look.
Terence’s exhibition is still on around the corner at the Design Museum so come and have a browse afterwards!
Conran exclusive design only at M&S is starting off 2012 all bright and beautiful – our new spring collection is now available online and instore.
We’ve got more design-led upholstery, cabinet pieces and accessories but are adding to last autumn’s preview range with hundreds of new products including beautiful graphic bedlinen and a tabletop range with our trademark twist on the traditional.
Chosen pieces featured in the press are the Graphic Button cushion and the Crewel Stitch cushion of block lines, both perfect finishing touches for the living and bedroom. Particular favourites amongst the team are the beautiful Chambray and Jacquard bedlinens and of course the Amis sofa – which like all of the upholstery is made right here in the UK.
Just to prove how much we want you to see and own some of these fabulous new products the lovely people at M&S are offering a fantastic 20% off for Conran fans until 17th February 2012.
Leaflets will be available to pick up instore, and can be used in stores stocking the Conran range*, or alternatively enter the code CONRAN20 at the online checkout.
Find out more about the Conran team’s favourite products over the next few days.
But which stores are stocking Conran?
*Aberdeen, Union Square. Manchester, Barton Square. Cheltenham, Kingsditch. Cardiff Capital. Lisburn, Sprucefield. Tunbridge Wells, Fountains Park. Glasgow, Argyle Street. Stratford City. Dartford, Bluewater. London, Marble Arch. Camberley. Pudsey. Newcastle, Metro Centre. Merton. Warrington, Gemini Retail Park. Southampton, Hedge End. Edinburgh, Gyle. Thurrock, Lakeside. Dudley, Merry Hill. Chester. Shoreham. Bromley. Cheshunt. Bristol, Cribbs Causeway. Kingston. Sheffield, Meadowhall. St Albans, London Colney. Nottingham. York, Coppergate. Leicester, Fosse Park. Peterborough. Norwich. Manchester. Bournemouth, Castlepoint. Dublin, Liffey Valley. Wilmslow, Handforth Dean. Dublin, Mary St. Harrogate. Southport. Westfield, White City. Glasgow, Braehead. Cardiff, Culverhouse Cross. Dublin, Dundrum. Bath. Croydon. Liverpool. Newcastle. Southampton, West Quay. Plymouth. London, Kensington. Belfast. Glasgow, Pollock. Middlesbrough.
As we turn the corner into Olympic year we wanted to reflect a little on what’s happened here at CONRAN in 2011: it really was quite a year.
We began working with Marks & Spencer, for whom we designed our beautiful branded collection of home products which launched this Autumn. Our new Spring Collection hits the shops any day now! Watch out for fabulous wicker lamp shades , elegant bedroom essentials and an Alfresco collection which will make waiting for summer even more painful…!
Everyone's favourite...the segment clock
Our range instore...
Terence celebrated the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday celebrated in part by a wonderful Terence Conran retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum – which runs until the 4th March and was designed by our graphic & interior design teams. Did you know Time Out also voted Terence as one of their ‘people of 2011’ ?
The Telegraph liked him quite a lot too….
The Conran Shop have been doing all number of gorgeous and interesting things including some fab seasonal window displays and – of course – developing new ranges of product like the Barton & Pavilion furniture ranges, designed by Terence, manufactured by Ercol.
Conran Contracts worked on one of the most exciting new developments of the year at Westfield, Stratford (more about that next week)
We also launched new collaborative designs with Alessi and original BTC lighting and our brand new beautiful Bath & Body range designed by Conran Studio.
Architects Conran & Partners have been busy planning the development of a huge eco housing estate in Ealing and the redevelopment of the Astoria Cinema in Brighton and London landmark Walthamstow Stadium…and that’s just here in the UK!
2011 also saw the launch of Conran Singh, our interactive agency dealing with all things digital who have already completed exciting projects for community organisation Your Square Mile and luxury mobile phone brand Vertu. More to come from them with a Q&A with founder Daljit Singh next week.
And that’s just off the top of our heads….
We predict 2012 will be even more action packed!
With Christmas Day only 4 days away none of us have done our shopping but, with carols belting out in some of our studios and christmas party time in full swing, the mood is turning festive!
This year’s rudolph-themed christmas card was designed by the team at Conran Studio - simply pop his Conran-blue shapes out of the front of the card and put him together, slotting him into the handily designed slit at the back. He’s a keeper.
Conran's 2011 Christmas Card
The frosted forms of our beautiful new Conran Bath & Body range look perfectly in keeping with the white handdrawn christmas trees and some of the cool, contemporary white ceramics and glassware from the Conran/M&S collection in our snowy Arctic-themed windows.
Read more about this on our brand new Conran Bath & Body blog…
And let’s not forget the annual “design-a-christmas-decoration” staff competition. He’s a young Terence looking decidely angelic!
And if you’ve still got presents to buy and have run out of inspiration have a look at ‘Christmas by Design’ – the carefully curated Christmas range from the Conran Shop.
Watch out for much more from us in 2012!
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!
“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
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!
“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.
“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
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
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.