The excitement this week was the opening of The Conran Shop in the Lower Level of ABC home on Broadway Manhattan. A busy, bustling area, near Union Square filled with shops – very different from our Bridgemarket site which suffered from very low footfall. Here we are amongst the crowds and we have planned out our store to look calm and cool and spacious. Well done designers Conran & Partners. The customers seem to like it and certainly have started purchasing enthusiastically. This shop is a prototype of what to open throughout America.
We stayed at Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel – very Rococo but with a lovely Danny Meyer Italian restaurant. Very professional, delicious and one of the best in New York.
Getting back via BA was the usual volcanic ash dust scenario, seven hours wait in the Concorde room at Kennedy which we designed in those happy days when Concorde crossed the Atlantic so you arrived before you left. I did discover how nervous people who fly are. The leather of all the Conran Shop club chairs in the room was deeply scratched just below the top of the arms where people had dug their nails into the leather probably in frustration of yet another delayed flight or maybe the fear of terrorism or maybe just excitement.
Off to Bermuda next week for my daughter’s wedding to nice Nick – I’m certainly looking forward to a sandy beach but I don’t suppose I’ll find many new products in Bermuda. But you never know.
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Terence at the New York Furnishings Exhibition (ICFF)
Just a short blog about the New York home furnishings exhibition which is large and fills the entire exhibition hall. It has improved immeasurably since I last saw it two years ago and now has a feel of Maison & Objet – it’s not quite as good yet but is a distinct move forward. Huge displays of German and Spanish design – even Austrian – but no British display despite a number of small British exhibitors.
If British creativity is so important to our economy, and it is vital, surely it then justifies a presence as large as Germany and should be planned for the future. Let’s have something wonderful and as exciting as he Tom Heatherwick in Shanghai. We are, so we are told, the world’s top in creativity in the UK so let’s shout about it. Not much else to shout about.