Monthly Archives: December 2010

Conran: Deck the halls!

Not got your decorations up yet?

Need some more inspiration?

Check out what The Conran Shop have in store to tempt you on The Conran Shop blog

It’s not too late to go and peruse…both London stores are open until 8pm this Thursday 23rd…..

Check out The Conran Shop for more info…


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Conran: Design a great 2011!

With Christmas just around the corner we thought we would tell you a little bit more about how our fabulous Conran Christmas card 2010 came into being.

Santi Tonsukha from Studio Conran explains…

First up was Brainstorming  – a truly collaborative process. Studio Conran staff – and a few others from around the Conran Group – spent an hour coming up with tons of ideas. Some are whimsical. Some are fun and exciting. Some are outrageous and over the top.

We then picked three that we thought could be achieved within the time frame and budget that we had.

The Pencil

The Conran world is a creative one. We thought the pencil is a great representation of who we are. Even with today’s technologies, pencil and paper are the starting tools for designers.

Also, in today’s economy, a gift that is not wasteful seems appropriate.

We started thinking about what kind of pencils we would like to give away. Coloured pencil? Round? Hexagonal? One thing we knew from the beginning is that we wanted to incorporate the Conran blue in some way. In the end we picked a blue one that was made of recycled CD cases.


We explored different materials and decided to use corrugated cardboard for packaging. What’s not to like about recycled corrugated cardboard? It’s lightweight. Protective. Affordable and Environmental-friendly.

The motif on the cardboard is inspired by grid paper that designers/architects often use. The plus shape also goes well with our positive message “Design a great 2011”

In short, we think it is a perfect little Christmas/New year gift from Conran that is thoughtful, fun, and reflects the company’s philosophy. We hope you agree….

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Conran: A poster to celebrate 100 years of Michelin House

To mark the 100th birthday of London’s iconic Michelin House in Fulham Road, Terence and Bibendum restaurant wanted to do something a little different.

The result was a competition to find the crème de la crème of talent to design a celebratory, commemorative poster – and who better to ask than students from the Royal College of Art’s Communication Art and Design department

The winning entry would hang in Bibendum restaurant, which sits in the building, alongside its noted collection of famous original Michelin tyre advertising posters.

The three man judging panel – who had to make the tough decision – consisted of leading figures from the design world including Michael Wolff, Stephen Bayley and of course the master of Michelin, Terence himself.

The winner was 24-year-old first year student Marta Dlugolecka who wowed the judges with a celebratory “Bowler Hat” image.

Her poster will now go on permanent display in Bibendum restaurant and be available for sale from January in The Conran Shop, also located within the iconic Michelin Building.

It was clearly Terence’s favourite….

I loved Marta’s poster and it will sit perfectly alongside the other stunning Michelin posters we have in Bibendum. She has managed to capture the charm, fun and wit that to me is everything Michelin and our beautiful building stand for. It is simple and gets straight to the point, which is not as easy as it looks.

The quality of the posters submitted was outstanding, and it was very interesting talking to the students about the inspiration behind their posters. The talent on display demonstrates precisely why we should be nurturing and promoting our young talent, not stifling it. The creativity and innovation of our young designers and artists makes a huge and important contribution to the economy – and future – of this country.

Marta said : “I am just so happy they noticed my poster because the standard of the other entries was really high. Before I began designing the poster I went to look at the building which is so beautiful and not like other buildings you see. I wanted to capture the quirkiness of it in my poster whilst at the same time giving it a real feeling of energy and celebration.”

Runners up were Rachel Lillie and Patric Sandri.

Why does Terence love Michelin so much?

More about Michelin House….

From January 10th 2011 a week of celebrations commemorating Michelin House’s 100th birthday will begin.


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Conran: All about Terence

Read all about Terence from his time at Habitat to how he gets over designer’s block , his inspiration and his favourite things in this all encompassing interview on the Achica living blog.

As the editor Emily Peck told us – ‘he’s just so interesting from beginning to end….’

ACHICA Living brings you home and lifestyle inspiration from free-to-join online members-only shopping club

Keep your eyes peeled for fabulous offers coming up on Conran products on Achica in the next few weeks – including some of our design-led bedlinen Bed by Conran and premium Conran Fine Tablelinen.

Click here to read the full interview

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Conran: Happy Birthday Brighton!

Happy Birthday Conran & Partners Brighton Office!

So three years on and what have they been up to? Well, let’s start at the beginning….

The office was set up back in 2007 to accommodate the expanding team from London and soak up some of the creative talent down in Brighton. Paul Zara and Lee Davies have been leading the charge ever since.

So, with the early pioneers; Dan Weston, David McDonald, Nathan Zaver and Paul Fender, the team now stands at 20 and appears to be growing on a regular basis! Of course Terence likes to pop down now and again and check that they are all working hard:


Despite the fact that it is still a very tough market the Brighton office has managed to keep the creative fun atmosphere (Paul’s jokes aside) and have been commissioned on some great projects from a broad range of clients and sectors. Here are just a few things that have been keeping them busy:

Winning planning consent for 700+ homes at Green Man Lane Estate in West Ealing

Recently submitted planning applications for the greenest office building in Brighton and a prominent residential and hotel development in Weston Super Mare.

They also have a number of exciting projects on their drawing boards including the redevelopment of Walthamstow Stadium project and an apart-hotel and new public square in the centre of Brighton. As well as a having a number of projects on site, including a private residence on the beach in Hove they are also playing an instrumental role in the save the Saltdean Lido campaign.

So in short, the Brighton office is 3 years old and going strong.

More about those projects in the next few weeks…

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Conran: Spotlight on the 3D visualisation team

Our 3D visualisation team form a key part of the Conran & Partners design team, assisting both the architects and the interior designers throughout the design process.

We think all the designers would agree that the 3D models are invaluable as they help inform and develop the design from the earliest stages.

The work comes in all shapes and sizes including simple massing studies, hidden-line renders, hand sketching and full high resolution images.

A full 'high resolution' rendering helps bring Conran & Partners idea for the new Riga Airport to life

A 'hidden line render'

The aim, says our Head of 3D Francesco Nicolardi,“Is to deliver the appropriate answer to all the different questions that the design team are continually throwing at us!”

An example of a 'massing model'


A photo montage ilustrates how a Conran & Partners designed Queens Wharf in Hammersmith might have looked

Francesco joined Conran & Partners in 2007. He is a registered Architect with more than 8 years of experience in interior design and exterior architectural visualisation and while at C&P has worked on a huge variety of projects based in London, Sheffield, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Daniel Gill joined the 3D team earlier this year after studying illustration at Falmouth College of Arts.

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Conran: A lunch to launch the Conran iPod dock

Last Friday the festive season came early as the latest in our CONRAN branded products was officially unveiled to the press. Our partners in this project, Armour Home, really know how to throw a good party.

A CONRAN AUDIO iPod dock in one of the bedrooms at Boundary

A few of the Conran team, along with a vast number of journalists from Technological and Lifestyle titles alike converged on Boundary Restaurant for a wonderful meal and some very spirited quiz answering. Someone really should stop Glenn McClelland, the Armour Group MD from giving away all the answers. Still, our team wasnt complaining.

Glenn toasting the press

Despite all the jolliness the event of course had a serious side – to showcase some great new products – amoung them the Conran iPod dock – the first product in the Conran Audio range. Everyone seemed very impressed.

It was also a great opportunity for Terence to present an award to Santiago Haboud, winner of the Tivoli Audio Prize.

The prize relates to a worldwide design competition to produce a design to celebrate Tivoli Audio’s tenth anniversary and new ‘Model 10’ DAB Radio. The overall winner receives not only a cash prize but also has their winning design displayed on a giant billboard in New York’s Times Square throughout December 2010, including the world famous New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The competition received many thousands of entries from all around the world and Santiago came 1st out of the UK entries and was placed 3rd worldwide.
Terence was happy to take the microphone and congratulate him for his idea ‘Crayons’ which he called ‘Charming, clever and full of fun’

They will be meeting again in June at the graduation ceremony for the Royal College of Art, where Santiago studies and where Terence, always a huge supporter of education in design, is currently Provost.


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