Monthly Archives: August 2010

Conran: Something for a wet weekend?

It doesn’t look like the weather’s going to be great for the next few days so here are a few CONRAN inspired ideas to keep you busy….

You’re indoors anyway so why not catch up on a bit of DIY – with a bit of help from Terence’s new ‘Essential’ books

Or how about warming up a bit with a little tipple at Boundary?

There’s still a few places left for the “Wine Tasting For Beginners” event next Monday..

If it’s fine weather (it’s possible…the sun’s coming out, even now) the tasting will take place on Boundary Rooftop or otherwise it will be in the Boundary Restaurant private dining area starting at 6pm.

They will be presenting 9 interesting wines sourced from the New and Old worlds, including the very rare and delicious Balfour“Brut Rosé”.

Tickets are £40pp including all wines and canapés.

Please to confirm your reservation.

Start planning your next season’s dinner parties – the perfect excuse to try out our gorgeous new tablelinen collection Conran Fine Tablelinen. This luxurious jacquard will impress everyone.

It’s just hit the shelves of John Lewis…

And if  a bit of retail therapy’s just what you need saunter over to The Conran Shop at Fulham Road or Marylebone High Street to check out their fabulous collection of Design Classics and other wonderful bits and pieces…


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Conran: Staff Pick of the Month: no 1 – Bryony Akehurst

Bandied around the building for the last few years, our ‘Pick of the Week’ email has become a bit of a talking point. And now it’s here by popular request – albeit in monthly form (for now!)

The idea is that we work our way through the staff list alphabetically, each person in turn picking something that they have spotted, to do with design- love it, admire it, or just plain hate it.

As she’s an ‘A’, Graphic Designer Bryony Akehurst from  Studio Conran get’s the first spot…

If you’re anything like me you are constantly finding inspiration/research on the internet and either screengrabbing them for later or mentally filing the website only to never find it again…


Thanks to a website called

…which allows you to download images from the web directly into your own scrapbook where you can tag them in your own memorable way for an easy search later.

This website also lets you search rather handily for moodboards that have already been created in the ‘community’ section.

Here’s an example of one made for ‘geometry’

Bryony – Clear Desktop – Akehurst

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Conran: Archive interview with Terence from 1981 on Sky Arts tonight!

Do you want an insight into the world of Terence Conran?

Switch on the box tonight for a chance to see Peter Greenaway’s striking 1981 profile of Terence, charting the astounding growth of Conran, Habitat and Benchmark

10:40pm on Sky Arts 1 HD

Click here for more info

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Conran: Terence talks to House Beautiful

Don’t miss Terence talking to Julia Goodwin from House Beautiful about the new collection for Benchmark

Find out more about the launch of this beautiful new collection at Terence’s house in the country here

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Conran: The Conran Shop USA is on Twitter!

Now it’s even easier for those of us in the UK to keep track of what’s happening at The Conran Shop stateside!

They’re on twitter!

Read more about The Conran Shop in New York

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Conran and Partners redesigns Coffee Republic…

Did you know we are designing the new look Coffee Republic stores?

Read more about it here and have a look below at what Paul Zara from Conran and Partners has to say about it…

The first of the new Coffee Republic stores has opened and it’s handily located down here on the south coast, in Hove (or Hove Actually as it’s known.  “Where do you live? Brighton, well Hove actually”).  The new concept is lighter and brighter than before and the old red and black interior has gone for good.  Its American diner look is intended to contrast with the more homespun feel of the competition and we used punchy graphics and bold photography to stand out still further.  We are rolling out the concept around the UK and maybe in the Middle East and Turkey, so look out for new stores in Tottenham Court Road, Bluewater and Doncaster over the next few months. The project has been led by the Brighton Office’s leading interior designer Nathan, ably assisted be Ellen, and they’ve done a great job on a tight budget. And we have some really nice photos by clickclickjim

If you’re in London and looking for something a bit stronger than a cappuccino this weekend…

why not try a selection of our finest British brews at The Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court.

You may well need a few coffees and a dose of bright signage after sampling some of the 500-odd ales they have there to tempt you…

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Conran: Reuse and Recycle

Walking to work this morning Holly-Anne Rolfe from Conran & Company saw an opportunity not to be missed.

Like any design company we tend to have a lot of stuff hanging around the office, and the usual 6 -12 monthly purges are always accompanied by piles of bin bags and never ending processions of people carrying cardboard boxes full to the brim down to the recycling bin.

Like any good hoarder I can’t bear throwing away anything that looks vaguely reusable and every time there’s a move or a clearout I’m laughed at as I constantly scratch around for uses for bits of old upholstery fabric, out of date branded CDs or large scale paper versions of bed linen designs now currently filling the shelves of John Lewis.

A while back through an involvement I have with the education dept at Tate Modern I was alerted to scrapstores – recycling warehouses which support the reuse of unwanted resources for the benefit of children and communities; fabulous places filled with bright rolls of unwanted paper from photoshoots, vast bags of foam, trimmings and off cuts and weird plastic things that no one seems able to identify but which make excellent additions to that cardboard box space ship or paper mache head. They all have different means of accessing their scrap materials. In some you need to pay an individual membership fee, at others you simply pay for the scrap you take on the day.

So I was delighted walking through Potters Fields on my way to work this morning to see a group of people gathering underneath a tent with ‘Scrapstores UK’ emblazoned on the side, bright bins of materials spilling out onto the grass, long, coloured hose pipes, quirky foam shapes and bits of string spiralling out as I was almost knocked over by legions of holidaying children rushing past me in shiny gold foil gladiator capes and corrugated paper crowns.

Today’s event on the grass marked the launch of the hundred odd scrapstores around the country teaming up and working together sharing knowledge, funding, opportunities, press and scrap under the banner of Scrapstores UK.

Perfect timing as I had quite a few boxes and bags worth of recyclable wares I had squirreled away from the last clear out. So down we went to Tower Bridge to donate!

Nikki DiGiovanni, the National Coordinatior of the project, was pleased to see us

‘Over 1million people are currently using scrapstores around the UK so we are always on the look out for more stuff!’

It was great to see so many people taking advantage of this great and green creative opportunity -and it was very good to get rid of all those black bin bags under the stairs…

I hope lots of other companies decide to contribute to the scheme too – it’s brilliant to see things we would throw away being reused, bringing so much pleasure and encouraging such creativity.

For info please see:

Did you know?

It’s better if possible to recycle glass separately and divide it by colour as this greatly improves the chances of it being recycled back into usable glass.

Quite often when glass is mixed or ‘polluted’ with other materials it gets reused as road surfacing which means it only gets recycled once. Recycling glass properly means more beautiful recycled glass for the future.

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