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Terence’s Top 10 Conran/M&S products: No. 4: Brindley storage units

“Our Brindley range of storage is a very simple yet satisfyingly clever design which is available in a number of different sizes for a variety of uses throughout the home”  Terence Conran
A series of open frame wooden boxes with feature leather strapping detail, Brindley manifests itself in many different shapes and sizes so you can find a piece to use as a side table next to the bed or a multi-height coffee table for organising your books and magazines  in the living room.

The tall shelving unit is perfect for displaying books or beautiful objects.


Prices from £199 available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn from September 22nd


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Conran exclusive design only at M&S: Terence’s Top 10: No 1 – The Tonal Vase Collection

The ‘Conran exclusive design only at Your M&S’ collection has been a very exciting and important one for everyone here at Conran.

The tag line: “Exclusive products for your home from Britain’s most influential designer for Britain’s most iconic retailer…” couldn’t sum it up better.

Terence with M&S CEO Marc Bolland

It’s been a crazy but thoroughly exciting 9 months in the studio of Conran & Company – the team working closely with Terence on this collaboration – beginning with the very first concept or ‘look and feel’ boards that were put together in the first week in January this year.

“Starting to design a collection in January and launching that same collection in-store in September the same year is virtually unheard off when it comes to lead times for projects like this – many people thought we were mad! But all our hard work has paid off and we are all immensely proud of this collection. I also have to keep telling people what you see in stores and online at the moment is just the beginning. The collection out now is our ‘Preview’ range of 70 products. In Spring next year the collection will grow to include over 300 products including bed linen and an Alfresco range. Autumn 2012’s range will be even larger and will include bath linen and a home office collection.  Yes – before you ask – we have already designed all of these products! Next up – Spring 2013…

Jill Webb, Brand Development Director, Conran & Company.

Aaron working hard on upholstery and tableware designs

 Over the next couple of weeks we will be telling you more about these products from the inspiration behind them, to how they made and why we think they are great, concentrating on 10 of Terence’s favourites – in no particular order…!

Tonal Vase Collection

“I love this collection of vases in varying shapes and sizes. Individually they each have their own personality and are beautiful and very useful objects. Grouped together, they make a really striking visual statement.” Terence Conran.

The glaze on each of these vases is a slightly different tone – from deep sea blues to pale, spring sky hues.

As objects they look great just sitting on the shelf but are also a really useful size for small to medium bunches of flowers and foliage that often don’t look their best lolling about in a larger vase.

Prices from £9.50 available from M&S stores throughout the UK and online at www.marksandspencer.com/autumn

Like this? You might also like our Science Vase collection , a domestic take on scientific labware:

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Conran: All the fun of the press show…

The very exciting Conran/M&S project is one step nearer to launch!

In case you missed it, Conran and Company are working with the development teams at M&S to design their entire ‘Contemporary’ homewares offer from Autumn onwards.

The press lunch – a very intimate affair with just 20 journalists and editors from the top design and interiors magazines – took place last week and garnered a great response.

We showed our initial product range, a capsule collection of 70 products (launch in-store Sept 2011) which includes beautiful hand-made upholstery, statement ceramics and an eclectic mix of textiles and accessories – as well as some very useful and beautiful cabinet pieces. 

All hands on deck!: a waiter changes a plug...

The private members room at Lutyens, Terence’s restaurant on the former newspaper ghetto Fleet Street seemed a very apt location Continue reading

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Conran: Clerkenwell Design Week Part 2: Conran & Company take a look around…

The team from Conran & Company took a quick break from working flat out on our new Conran branded range for M&S to take a look around last week’s shows and exhibitions at Clerkenwell Design Week.

A quick whirlwind tour of rainy Clerkenwell last Thursday saw us scampering from venue to venue sheltering from the rain. God bless the estate agents handing out free umbrellas…you can never be too clever with a marketing initiative….

It’s always great to see Russel Pinch’s  beautifully and deceptively simple looking products in the flesh, as we did at The Farmiloe Building.

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Conran: *Stop Press* Exciting new collaboration with M&S

You might already have heard the very exciting announcement this morning about our new collaboration with M&S. Here’s Terence and M&S CEO Marc Bolland – one of  the ‘official’ shots.

The new Conran Exclusive Design Only at M&S collection will form the basis of the M&S Contemporary homewares offer and will include a wide range of home products incorporating furniture, bedding, lighting and kitchenware.

It’s been all steam ahead behind the scenes for Terence and the team from Conran & Company making sure we hit some very tight deadlines for launching our first ‘Preview Collection’ into 25 M&S stores and online this Autumn.

An early sketch meeting

An early development meeting in the Conran & Company studio

Designed by Conran in collaboration with M&S product developers, the collection will retain the quality and value customers expect from M&S, coupled with our unique Conran design signature.

There will be much more about this here and on our websites in the next few weeks and months so keep coming back for news and developments.

...but what's inside the file?!

..and make sure you clear some space at home in time for September 2011 – when the first wave of Conran products hit the shelves with more lines to follow from Spring 2012 onwards…

There’s some fabulous stuff coming through!


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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: New Conran Audio iPod dock is here

We’ve been talking about our brand new Conran iPod dock for a while now but have had to wait patiently until the first batch hit the UK before we could finally get our hands on one.

Well, we are pleased to report they are now here!  And they are looking – and sounding – absolutely fantastic.

Available in sleek black – for techno-lovers –  or bright white – to fit in with a stylish, modern Conran-esque interior – they have been designed by Studio Conran.

Their fabulous sound has been engineered by Q Acoustics and what’s more  not only can you dock your iPod/iPhone in the neat holster (which rotates for both a portrait and landscape view of the screen) but Bluetooth™ connectivity also allows the docks to be used wirelessly with any compatible device. Easy.

As Terence says…

“You can choose your song selection from the comfort of an armchair or, if it’s your thing, while dancing around the room.” Absolutely.

If the technology side of things doesn’t mean much to you then simply revel in the dock’s clean lines, ease of use (there’s even a little magnetic docking station for the remote control) and maybe even the lovely little dial at the side which lights up in different colours for different settings – seriously it’s some people’s favourite bit…

Watch the video via the link below to have a look at all the docks fabulous features…

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Click to buy on conranshop.co.uk

Conran Audio is a new range developed in partnership with audio experts Armour Home Electronics – read more about the range here.

Read our post about the press launch of the dock

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