Pinterest has been adding a healthy dose of pretty to our office lives for a while now. We love its clean, simple interface and great use of portmanteau.
So far we’ve been quiet observers, but today we’d like to introduce Conran on Pinterest. We have experts in branding, products, interactive and digital, architecture, interior and retail, and our boards are curated by all of them.
Conran Studio are hunting out their favourite brands, and Conran & Company their favourite products. Conran Singh and Conran & Partners are picking the best from the worlds of digital design and architecture.
At the moment, Vicki Conran is at Chelsea Flower Show (read more about her Artisan Retreat here), and she is kindly sending through her Chelsea highlights.
More to come soon – including a board of Terence’s personal picks…
At Conran, we have some strong ideas about what constitutes good design. We think good design should make people’s lives better, first and foremost. Above all, to quote our Chairman, we have an affection for the ‘plain, simple and useful’.
From Terence Conran’s first splash at the Festival of Britain in 1951, we’ve worked across design disciplines to that end. It’s a heritage that we’re very proud of.
Facebook’s new ‘Timeline’ layout gave us a good opportunity to delve into our design history. Take a look for yourself, and find out what went on at Conran – as well as how we’re building on that heritage today.
Last night we headed west to Michelin House, to check out The Conran Shop’s new Flagship Collection.
The whole Chelsea store has been redesigned around room sets, painstakingly put together by the Shop’s stylists and interior designers – and stuffed full of new products. It’s great for giving you a sense of how to put pieces together in your own home.
Here are a few snaps from last night – including the gardening area with resident plant potter (the friendliest man in West London)!
Well done to everyone in Chelsea for a great makeover and a great launch party. Head over to the Shop to check it out for yourself – and don’t miss the adorable spring window displays…
Thank goodness for London’s late night openings. If it wasn’t for them we’re sure half the working population would be forever devoid of culture and community, starved of inspiration as the weekends become saturated, sacrificed to the gods of laundry, grocery shopping and petty squabbling over DIY.
Great news for the team from Conran that kept missing the now annual graphic arts and illustration fair, Pick Me Up, at Somerset House when we managed to get down there for the late night opening (until 10pm!) yesterday night.
Inspiration and creativity with the added bonus of a beer at the end of a sunny but busy Thursday in the spectacular courtyard surroundings of Somerset House, the new installation of ceramic flowers Out of Sync by by Fernando Casasempere spread out before us.
A particular favourite of the team was this wonderful, almost life size Bear by Sarah Maycock., generous sweepings of washed colour and beautiful economy of line.
Others were David Sparshott’s illustrations, particularly the bicycles and these teapots executed simply using graphite and coloured pencil. It was great to see screen-printing in action at Print Club London with a wide variety of prints on sale.
We also loved the satisfyingly intricate letters from Yuko Michishita
It’s on until 1st April, leave the laundry on hold and get down there while you can.
If you haven’t yet visited the Terence Conran exhibition at the Design Museum yet what have you been waiting for?
The great news is the exhibition which was due to finish this coming week has now been extended, by popular demand, until the 12th April.
However it is your last chance to see our fab foursome – a selection of bestselling Conran-designed chairs for M&S outside in the Design Museum tank.
Specially upholstered for the exhibition in our trademark Conran Blue and accessorised with Conran for M&S vases and Terence’s books this little capsule display is quite the essence of Conran. And what a location.
It’s your last chance to check them out this weekend. Stroll along the South Bank and take a look…
Read more about the exhibition here in The Telegraph
Some of our previous blog posts…
Click here to watch a video on The Guardian’s website about how Terence changed the face of the British High Street
Or check out Terence talking to Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic below
Terence talks to Deyan Sudjic
‘So much to do so little time’ was the general call from many of the Conran team this time last week as the London Design Festival 2011 swung fully into action with the opening of many of the larger shows around the capital.
This year Tent and designersblock in the ever-fascinating Farmiloe Building seemed to showcase a more raw, up and coming talent whereas Tramshed and designjunction housed some of the design world’s most interesting and creative brands with a easy going but professional vibe.
A group of us went along to the opening party of designjunction, which debuted in Milan this year, showcasing ‘the best in global design’. Fascinating to see inside the Victoria Building on Southampton Row too.
Another Country was a highlight with current classics presiding over a small selection of exquisite new ideas including Continue reading
“A good size table should really be the heart of any home – with a multitude of uses from entertaining evening guests or enjoying long, relaxed Sunday lunches, to the ubiquitous use as a homework station for children or for adults to sit around reading the papers.” Terence Conran
Pugin is really generous in size so you can do all those things. There is even a useful, brightly coloured drawer hidden underneath the surface for hiding away cutlery, napkins or anything else that tends to hang around on the table – a common problem, as many of us know from experience!
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Pugin with some of our other lovely AW11 dining products...