“This is one of the best days of my long life.” So said Terence Conran at the ground breaking ceremony for the new home of the Design Museum at the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington.
The Museum’s leading lights – including Deyan Sudjic, the current Director, Terence, the founder, and John Pawson, the architect behind the Institute’s conversion – gathered to celebrate a new phase in the Museum’s history.
To celebrate the launch of our Ten Green Bottles collaboration, we went over to Diageo HQ for some lovely elderflower and strawberry G&Ts.
Here’s the Conran work in pride of place in Diageo’s reception:
The Ten Green Bottles artwork at Diageo HQ
Whilst we were there, Terence answered a few questions about his history, and the world of design in general. Continue reading
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?
Since getting around London doesn’t appear to be as much of a problem as we might have feared, we suggest you nip over to Marylebone High Street, where The Conran Shop is celebrating the Games with a fun Olympics-themed display.
As part of our series of pieces on luxury design, we put a question to our Chairman, Sir Terence Conran:
If you picked up a copy of World of Interiors this month, you may have spied this, a double-page spread celebrating The Conran Shop’s 25th year of trading, and showing off the stunning new Flagship collection.
As a destination for the best and most beautiful designer homewares in the world, The Conran Shop has long been a favourite lifestyle retailer of designers and decorators worldwide.
The Conran shop founded by Terence Conran, has its roots in London, where it was responsible for the revival of the iconic Michelin House building in Chelsea. Over the years the Conran name has become synonymous with all areas of design, from architecture and restaurants to cookware and soft furnishings.
The new ‘Flagship’ collection, available exclusively in the Chelsea store, re-establishes what The Conran Shop has always stood for – improving the lives of its customers with inspirational pieces to be loved for life, discovered in a visually stimu- lating environment. The new collection combines luxury, comfort and flair built on a palette of wood, cream, whites and beige, injected with classic Conran blue to create a timeless look. With over 3,000 lines of new and exciting products, the spring collection is the first phase of an ongoing redevelopment of the brand, which focuses on beautiful textures, honest materials and their British heritage.
You can see more of the Flagship collection at The Conran Shop Chelsea.