As the pedals whir and the epées clash, all the world and his dog are eyeballing London. And whilst the focus is obviously sporting, it’s a good opportunity for everyone who contributes something or other to our fair city – whether that’s commerce, art or artisan pastries – to show off.
Britain welcomes the world
The British Business Embassy is an organised way of showing off – a platform for demonstrating the imagination and innovation of British business, and the merits of investing here. As the top brass of the world’s top companies, from Google to General Motors, convene on London, how do you go about showing off the world’s greatest city?
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
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….
It’s always good to see the value of drawing is still upheld by many people despite the predominance of digitally aided art and design tools. After all it’s often the best way of getting ideas down onto paper and working through problems – and where would we be without Terence’s sketches of famous pieces of furniture like the Glove or Matador chairs and other iconic designs from the last half a century…?
Every October The Big Draw brings hundreds of drawing initiatives to galleries and streets all over the world.
Launched in 2000, it has has grown from 180 events in the UK to over 1500 worldwide. The Campaign aims to use drawing to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and the wider community – in new and enjoyable ways.
As part of the event today, on Potters Fields – sandwiched between Tower Bridge and the London Mayor’s Office, and 10 mins from Conran HQ – trestle tables were strewn with vast rolls of paper whilst people of all ages adorned them with colourful murals, scribbles and sketches.
Performers struck a pose ready to be drawn by passers-by and pictures of seasonal produce – bold forms in bright colours – fluttered from a washing line in the October breeze, all proving people still enjoy good old fashioned drawing as much as ever.
Having said all that about the digital stuff not always being so good there is this very fun game you can play online.
Here’s a couple of efforts from a few of us here and here but please note – this in no way an indication of the talents or tendancies of the Conran Group!
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