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Conran: Sneak peek at new designs from Content by Conran

It’s all go at our furniture line  Content by Conran at the moment…

January is a very busy month for buyers with various tradeshows to visit to headhunt fab new product for next year. And with both Maison Objet in full swing across the channel and the vast Interiors show at the NEC there is plenty to keep both professionals and keen amateurs inspired.

Interiors is one of the largest furniture shows in Europe – and Content by Conran are always there to showcase their newest offerings to retailers from all around the globe.

The team from Conran & Company – who work on all our Conran branded products – are involved right from the beginning of the process, helping the Content team develop new product, producing marketing materials, planning the stand and of course – bracing the arctic temperatures inside the big exhibition hall – helping to set up and style the stand ready for retailers to flock.

Holly-Anne Rolfe has been doing the show for the past 3 years….

The new products we have developed this year are looking great! We are really trying to promote our bespoke fabric option so we have had some fun with some of our iconic bestsellers – like upholstering the back of this Matador love seat in gorgeous fabric from Sanderson and swapping plain cushions on our Aspen chair for some covered in this Romo print– we love the yellow! Plus I’m really pleased with the vintage lights we’ve hired from Reclaimed Enjoyment – they work really well in the space…

..stand in progress

..almost done

It was Jess Corteen’s first year at the show but she seemed to be taking it all in her stride….

It all seems to be going pretty smoothly, apart from the fact we turned up and the floor hadn’t been painted yet! It’s fine though, we seem to be getting on really well now – everything looks great. I’ve got to paint the legs on one of our sofas bright purple now!

A definite favourite has to be our new high-sided Clifton sofa designed in a beautiful tonal palette.


Watch this space for more news….and follow the progress of the new pieces at the photoshoot for this year’s new catalogue…it’s looking good….


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Conran: More from the London Design Festival 2010

With the mammoth exhibitions in town stealing much of the limelight over the main weekend of this year’s London Design Festival we thought we would have a look at what was going on at some of the smaller venues around the capital…

Contemporary furniture retailer The Lollipop Shoppe invited 11 designers to create public benches which were on show throughout Spitalfields Market.

The results of this project showcased different approaches to the brief, with Michael Marriot and Anthony Burrill’s ‘Heavy Metal Bench’ featuring cut out text, Felix de Pass’ ‘A-bench’ made of mirrored oak and folded steel components and Decode/VW + BS’ ‘Solid Shell’, concrete based wire framed seats.

As with a lot of public spaces, there isn’t a great deal of public seating so it was great to see the majority of the benches were in use, with the very different solutions to the brief enhancing the area both visually and practically.

As if we needed any encouragement to see down and enjoy a nice cuppa.

Norwegian Prototypes

Norwegian Prototypes is the brainchild of Kim Thome and Amy Hunting. 12 Norwegian designers were given a brief to ‘design something that fits in your hand luggage’.

With this fantastic brief the designers responded in a wide variety of ways, a lot of them concerned with the potential offered by the idea of  expansion –  such as  Kim Thomes’ ‘Wardobe in the suitcase’ an expanding fabric wardrobe, which utilises a scissor mechanism to produce a wardrobe six times the size of the suitcase, and  ‘Little big Lamp’ by Hallgeir Homstvedt, a fabric lamp where the construction has been based on photographic light reflectors, allowing the fabric lamp to fit into a 40cm square box for transport, and expanding to a diameter of 130cm when unpacked.

Other designers participating included Oscar Narud, Amy Hunting, Stokke Austad and Sara Polmer.

ACNE at Liberty

Best known for jeans, Swedish brand ACNE launched their first collection of furniture with Liberty last week. Five sofas are available exclusively from the store.

The starting point for the project was Swedish designer Carl Malmsten’s Nya Berlin sofa, which Jonny Johansson, creative director of ACNE utilised in order to come up with the collection.

The resulting sofas are sensual, asymmetric forms, available in denim upholstery (by Kvadrat), alongside one in Liberty floral print.

Thanks to Jess Corteen from Conran & Company for the words and images!

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Conran: London Design Festival: Tent 2010

There’s just so much to see and do out there at London Design Festival 2010 – here’s a quick sneak at Tent 2010 by Jess Corteen in Conran & Company.

This year the Truman Brewery plays host to a variety of shows, here’s a quick look at Tent.

Tent Selects showcases the work of up and coming designers, including RCA graduate Harry Thaler’s aluminium  pressed chair (winner of the Conran Foundation award), Kirsten Read’s Containers, a series of moulded natural rubber latex vessels with spun copper fixtures, and winner of New Designer of the year, Tortie Hoare’s beautiful boiled leather and walnut furniture.

Boiled Leather Furniture, Pressed Aluminium Chair

Tortie Hoare and Harry Thaler

Other stands worth stopping by include Ercol – this year showing colourful versions of some of their classic items including products from the Ercol Originals arrange such as ercol blue blend applied to their Love Seat. Contrasting with this colour was a cosy looking version of the Ercol Studio Couch, a design introduced in the late 1950’s but this time with white knitted upholstery and wool woven in between the arm struts.

Ercol Knitted upholstery

Ercol's Studio Couch with knitted upholstery

Curators collective JJAM showcase the results of a challenge to London based designers to reinvent the classic yellow duster – with some interesting results. Recent graduate Dominic Williams had his ‘Clothes Donkey’ on display,  a playful modern take on the form of a traditional gym horse, containing drawers and secret compartments, a lovely solution for bedrooms. Alongside these, there is also the chance to see work by a range of contemporary designers.

Dominic Williams Clothes Donkey

Dominic Williams - Clothes Donkey

Also worth visiting is the Crafts Council Lab Craft show, an exploration of the potential of new technology within craft. Curated by Max Fraser, participants included Tord Boontje, Gareth Neal, Committee, Tomoko Azumi and Timorous Beasties and the results of experimentation with technologies such as digital printing, laser scanning and rapid prototyping. Tomoko Azumi’s reclaimed roof tile Bird houses make use of laser etching to produce a lovely solution for re-use, and Timourous Beasties make use of scanning and digital printing to produce a fabric pattern based on scans of a moth.

Tomoko Azumi and Timorous Beasties

Tomoko Azumi's Bird Houses and Timorous Beasties fabric

As well as these, there’s also the chance to have a look at Tent Digital – an interactive visitor experience showcasing work by designers from a variety of disciplines, and KUMA, the Kingston University MA show.

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