Monthly Archives: August 2011

Conran & Company: Burning the midnight oil…

There’s been a lot of late nights recently at Conran & Company as we finish off the final product designs for our Conran M&S range for Autumn/Winter 2012 – sometimes it’s really easy to forget we are still in 2011!

But, with beautiful sunsets over The Shard, Pizza Express takeaway, Hobnobs and endless tea rounds to keep us going, we’re nearly there – and we’re very excited about what we’ve got to show.

 Of course, these products won’t be on the shelf until this time next year but by then we will have our heads firmly in 2013.  

Here’s a flavour of things in the Conran & Company Studio.

Aaron working hard on upholstery and tableware designs


Lale checking out some newly arrived towel samples

Working on the layouts for the first catalogue

The team getting some feedback from Jill Webb after a meeting with Terence

The Preview collection will go on sale this Autumn and be available nationwide and online from September 22nd

There’s already been a great press reaction.

You can get a sneak peak of some of these products in the M&S AW12 Catalogue – available in store now.

Watch out for Terence’s Top Ten products – one a day right here on the Conran blog – starting September 12th

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Conran/M&S loving begins

Not only have Living Etc featured our new collection for M&S (still a bit hush-hush!) but Retro To Go and The Guardian have obviously been keeping a watchful eye out too.

There’s not much info available online about the collection at the moment because it’s not actually available to buy online until the 23rd September. It will be launching in London’s M&S Stratford store on the 13th September and throughout the UK the week after to coincide with online launch.

Don’t forget also that this Autumn’s range is just a taster of things to come: 70 products that pave the way for the +300 that will be available from January 2012 as part of the M&S Spring/Summer collection.

Here’s a glimpse of the Wilkins Sideboard with fun, fire hose valve handles in teal. Open the drawers too to reveal a flash of teal in the lining.  

Also don’t forget we will be introducing you to Terence’s Top Ten products from the Preview Autumn collection from Sept 12th – when we will feature one each day right here on the Conran blog. Watch this space!

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Conran & Company’s: Hot and Not from Designs of the Year (mostly Hot!)

Just in case you missed Designs of the Year at the Design Museum which closed last weekend here’s a quick summary from the team at Conran & Company.

The Thomas Heatherwick Spun chairs (last seen here in our post on the Milan Furniture Fair 2010) were a hit – you really have to trust that you don’t fall backwards onto your head!

Still, they are really fun and surely a great solution for outside – available to buy at the Design Museum shop!


In the ‘Interactive’ category the crowdsourced Johnny Cash project was really intriguing and beautiful – such a great idea. (Crowdsourcing and crowfunding is rather a hot topic at the moment – see our post from the debate we held here a few weeks ago– with full report to come…)


There’s more than one cycling enthusiast in our offices and the Transport section gave us plenty of food for thought when it came to new designs and innovations in this category.

We became slightly obsessed with the videos of people using the rather unusual but very fun looking Yike Bikes


– but some were less impressed by the new ‘super commuter’ offering from Vanmoof  – which while very practical (especially loving the integrated heavy-duty lock) was deemed to be slightly ugly – still, anything to stop your bike getting nicked!


In general the Graphics category was much admired, not in the least the eventual winner, the amazingly simple, almost Feng-Shui type images for a Swedish Cookery book: Homemade is Best by Forsman & Bodenfors for IKEA- carefully composed graphic still lifes that bring the ingredients centrestage.

Of course it goes without saying that we loved the overall winner, the now ubiquitous Plumen light bulb by Sam Wilkinson and Hulger (read our exclusive Q&A with Sam here….)


If you missed Designs of the Year do not fret there’s an equally brilliant exhibition on Kenneth Grange (you’ll know more of his products than you think) – and watch this space for details of a very special exhibition later in the year…all about Terence!

Celebrating his 80th birthday in September, it’s entitled THE WAY WE LIVE NOW and will feature work from over 60 years including original habitat pieces, Terence’s sketches and bestselling products from over the eras.

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Conran competition: Put yourself in the picture and win £2000 worth of vouchers to spend at The Conran Shop

We’re holding a special bloggers tea party this Thursday afternoon (August 11th) in the windows of The Conran Shop Chelsea to celebrate the latest additions to our Conran Classic family and the start of a competition that – ta-da! – let’s you put yourself in the picture. 

You could win £2,000 worth of Conran Shop vouchers or a framed Getty Images print worth £250.  For the next six weeks, our store windows will feature Conran Classic furniture and lighting set against our new collection of iconic photographs from the Getty Images Gallery, chosen to complement the shape and personality of each classic design.

To enter, all you have to do is visit either our Chelsea, Marylebone or Paris store, take a picture of yourself with one of our Conran Classic pieces and upload it to The Conran Shop’s Facebook page via our competition app.

Each week, the taker of the best/most interesting/fun picture will receive a framed Getty print worth £250.

The competition closes on 31 August, when all of the photographs submitted will be entered into a draw to win the Grand Prize of £2,000-worth of vouchers to spend at The Conran Shop. If you fancy popping along to the tea party email

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Conran: Terence’s perfect weekend

Ever wonderered what Terence does when he’s not ‘working’? Actually, as we see from this article on his perfect weekend in The FT How To Spend It, a perfect weekend can mean quite a bit of working too…

Still, we are glad to see he seems to allow a fair amount of time for entertaining, ‘sitting outside in the garden’, building rills, perusing junk shops and buying delicious, locally sourced food to cook as well as spending Sunday with his children and grandchildren. What indeed could be more perfect….

Click here to read the full article…

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Conran: First Conran/M&S press hits our desks…and the catalogue is out!

There was great excitement in the office of Conran & Company this morning as we spotted the Ackroyd sofa from our ‘Conran exclusive design only at M&S collection’  on the front news page of September’s Living Etc.
Doesn’t it look great?
Shown here in our exclusive Orsett fabric in teal.
It’s available to buy with the rest of the preview collection of 70 products from Mid September…  
It’s all go in the Conran & Company studio. Designs for the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection are being sketched as we speak, reviews of the impending Spring/Summer 2012 collection (over 300 products!) are going on amidst packaging development (oh the copywriting!) and planning for next week’s phootshoot for the bedlinen -also available Spring 2012….so there’s a little while to wait, but we promise you it’s worth it…    
Conran/M&S certainly keeps us busy but we love it and, as Terence is quoted as saying in the article, ‘It’s an opportunity of a lifetime…’
What’s more the catalogue is now out so you can get a preview of these products. It’s available in M&S stores if you want to take a look – full collection will be online in the next few weeks…    


 *Watch out for our ‘Countdown to launch’ where, from the second week in September, each day we’ll be featuring one of our top ten favourite products from the new range – get your sneak preview and insider info here…


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