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Conran: Meet the team: Architect Simon Kincaid

Here’s the latest introduction to our team here at Conran…

Simon Kincaid is the first of our architects from Conran & Partners to be featured.

Thanks very much Simon!

What do you do at Conran?

I am an associate at Conran&Partners working on both Architectural and Interior Design projects.

What were you doing before you joined Conran?

Working in London since graduating in 2000.  I have spent time working with a leading branding and retail design consultancy as well as a top restaurant design specialist.  During this time I have designed and seen through to completion interior environments for both high-street and luxury brands.

What do you love about your job?

Applying creative ideas then seeing the end results being experienced and enjoyed by clients, customers or guests.  It is this satisfaction of seeing a design brief come to life, sometimes in short period of time, that gives me the most pleasure.

What do you like about working at Conran?

For me it is the diversity of design brief and opportunity to travel that I like so much about working at Conran.  For example I have been fortunate enough to work on Residences from Kuala Lumpur to Ibiza, Restaurants from Hong Kong to Hyderabad and Shops from Milan to New York.

Regent Residences, Kuala Lumpur

The Conran Shop, Rinascente, Milan

Park Hotel Hyderabad

What is your favourite project you have worked on at Conran&Partners?

I do have a soft spot for the Conran Shop project in New York as working for our sister company on a project located on Broadway with a tight programme and a real positive team made for a great experience.   However my favourite project is the Zen restaurant at the Park Hotel in Kolkata India.  We have been involved in the full refurbishment of this city centre Hotel and the Asian Fusion restaurant was one of the first areas to be constructed.  The design changed very little from our first proposals and the screens, lighting, finishes and open kitchen create a wonderful ambience which I am very proud of.

Park Hotel Kolkata

What are you interested in now?

I have an ongoing interest in the crossover between different project types; residential with hospitality or mixing retail and leisure.  This trend for blurring the line between these is becoming the norm:  high-end residences with room service, restaurants with guest rooms and environments where you’re not sure if it’s a café or shop are examples;  I’m thinking about what’s next………………

Find out more about these projects and more of our architectural and interior design work on the Conran & Partners website.

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Conran: Meet the team – Afshin Mehin, Product Designer, Studio Conran

Who are we all anyway?

In these posts you can find out a little more about us…

Lorraine Brennan, Head of Business Development for Conran & Company, was the last to be featured – now here’s one of our fabulous product designers from Studio Conran, Afshin Mehin...


What’s your role here at Conran?

I’m a Senior Product Designer in StudioConran.

What were you doing before you joined Conran?

I just recently moved back to London. I was working for the last 6 years in California, most recently at IDEO in San Francisco. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed the optimism in California, but missed the critical design culture of London. I headed back to London last year, and was doing a bit of freelance work for studios like Barber Osgerby before joining StudioConran. It’s really great to be back!

Velocitek Sailing Speedometer, 2010

Where did you study?

Here in London, at the RCA. I studied industrial design but was interested in how electronic products could be designed in ways that could feel more sympathetic and delightful. So I did an internship at M.I.T.’s Media Lab in Dublin where I had a chance to explore this further. In California, this interest grew into a more commercial focus.

What do you love most about your job?

The opportunity to design objects that people will hold onto for a long time. People have the potential to invest personal meaning and value in objects over time and I am particularly interested in how technology products can move away from being throw away consumables to objects that people keep and love.

What are you interested in now?

My family is Iranian and I grew up in Canada though I’ve worked in the UK and the US. My cultural identity is complex and I am interested in how design can respond to this by merging and sculpting multiple aesthetics in ways that are both relevant to me and the products I design.

Vudu Remote Control, 2007

What’s the most interesting project you’ve ever worked on?

The most interesting project that I’ve worked on so far was the Olympic torch for the 2012 London Olympics. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on a product that will live on for years to come.

I’m also excited about the tactile audio speakers I’ve been designing as a way to have technological products integrate with daily life,  allowing them to become just as familiar as furniture.


Read more about Afshin’s work at Conran next week…



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Conran: Azhar on Architecture

Here is Azhar, Director at Conran & Partners, talking about anything and everything to do with Architecture…..

Before I get onto posting my thoughts, likes, dislikes and dreams on the wonderful world of architecture, I thought I better explain to you why I think I am qualified to share my views with you….

 I have now practiced architecture internationally for 20 years, where I have worked all over the world on some fantastic projects that cover master planning, infrastructure and individual buildings. My real passion, however, is for environmentally sensitive design. And by that I don’t mean the ‘green wash’ I mean genuine sustainable design from concept to completion! In addition I have also spent time developing my knowledge in off-site manufacturing, emerging technologies and in particular adopting technologies from automotive, naval and aviation sectors for use in the architectural sphere.

 We live in a very exciting time, in an era of overwhelming information and counter-information. Here, I will explore my passion for the “built environment”. Architecture is one protagonist in the screenplay that creates cities, in fact, recent statistics state that currently more than half the world’s population live in cities, within the next quarter century, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities! This mass urbanization is so unprecedented, that we really do need intelligent, innovative solutions to create new modes of operation.

Reflecting on the past is a very useful way of understanding what has happened, but it is not necessarily a very good guide to the future. Here I will be speculating, exploring and finding clues that give us a glimpse into possible futures!

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Conran & Partners doing their bit to save the planet

Lee Davies, Associate Director at Conran & Partners, who heads up their Brighton office is very excited about C&P signing up for the 10:10 campaign, the biggest collective effort yet to tackle climate change in the UK – www.1010global.org/uk http://www.brightonandhove1010.org/

What is 10:10?

Here’s his explanation…

It’s simple. We all cut our carbon by 10% this year. You, me, us as an office, the man on the Clapham omnibus……. everyone.

Cutting 10% in one year is a bold target, but for most of us it’s an achievable one, and is in line with what scientists say we need over the next 18 months.

Whether you want to help tackle climate change or just get your bills down to size, we all know that cutting our carbon footprint makes sense. Even so, it can be hard to know where to start, and what actions will really make a difference. What’s needed is something straightforward, immediate and meaningful: the 10:10 campaign in my opinion is it!

  • 10:10 unites individuals and organisations around one goal: cutting our emissions by 10% in 2010.
  • Thousands are already on board
  • It’s immediate, it’s simple, it’s meaningful
  • We’re a part of it, and you should be too
  • You can find out more and sign up on the website: 1010uk.org

The success of 10:10 depends on getting everyone involved in making it happen, and the 10:10 website has all the tools you need to spread the word far and wide. By combining our individual efforts under one banner, 10:10 enables all of us to make a meaningful difference. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out what’s possible.

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One of our regulars: Who are we? Meet us…one by one…..

Every fortnight we will bring you the lowdown on the people that make us special; why we like them and why they work for us.

First off is Lorraine Brennan, a relatively new member of our team here at CONRAN.

Lorraine joined Conran and Company in January 2010. As Head of Business Development, Lorraine generates new licensing opportunities and new territories for Conran and Company.

Lorraine has a broad range of design and business development experience from luxury and mass market right through to the contemporary craft industry.

Prior to joining Conran Lorraine worked for Kelly Hoppen Interiors, where she headed up Buying and Merchandising as well as Product Design and Development for KHI’s licensing division.

Lorraine’s work has been exhibited by the National Museum of Ireland and has been published in numerous design journals and magazines: Taschen’s Young European Designers, The Sunday Business Post, The Irish Times, Artifact, and Blueprint.

Lorraine was appointed to the council of the Institute of Designers of Ireland in 2004 and was named as one of Ireland’s top 40 designers by Image Interiors in 2006.

Lorraine’s Design Hell:

We had worked with Lorraine previously on the Light by Conran project in 2004 and that’s why we knew she would be great (those are her legs in the picture……………the picture at the top!…and that’s her dog too)

Lorraine is currently at The Milan Furniture Fair at the end of this week and will be bringing us her report right here next week.

Follow us to see what she saw.

STOP PRESS! Terence has also promised us a little report of his own. Click back in a few days to read what he has to say.

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