Benjamin Hubert and Natasha Daintry at The Conran Shop

Missed out on The Conran Shop’s RED design talks last week, or enjoyed them so much you’re hungry for more?

You’re in luck. Next Saturday, The Conran Shop will end its London Design Festival festivities with two further talks, from acclaimed furniture designer Benjamin Hubert and ceramicist Natasha Daintry, at 1.30pm and 3pm respectively.  Continue reading

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RED designer talks at The Conran Shop

We spent this morning in a post-Olympics doldrums, wondering what on earth we are going to do with ourselves, and then remembered: London Design Festival kicks off this weekend!

At Conran, we’re pulling out all the stops to make it an enjoyable week. We’ve already mentioned The Conran Shop’s RED exhibition, and today, we have another reason for you to head to Chelsea.

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Seeing red

We’re delighted to announce RED, an exhibition The Conran Shop will be holding throughout the 2012 London Design Festival, which kicks off a week tomorrow.

Petit Pan Red Lobster

A peek at The Conran Shop’s RED exhibition

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Friday Tip: Game on

We couldn’t in good conscience recommend anything other than watching lots of Olympics this weekend – but why not do so in the park, rather than the twilight of your living room?

The London 2012 website has a handy list of big screen ‘live sites’, the weather looks good, and The Conran Shop has the perfect accessories…

Conran Shop flags

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Beach chic

We’re aware we’ve been a bit window-mad lately, but we had to show you The Conran Shop’s new-look Chelsea store.

Beach Chic 1

The Conran Shop Chelsea’s new windows

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Our Olympic windows

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.

The Conran Shop, Marylebone

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Christmas comes early to The Conran Shop

Christmas came early yesterday at The Conran Shop‘s press day.

All neon at The Conran Shop

The Shop’s Christmas collection includes stockingfulls of gifts for everyone from dads to dogs. In fact, they’ve done the hard work for you, putting together collections of gifts for all the important people in your life, whether they’re a gardener, jet setter or technophile.

For the explorer

For the gardener

FoodieFor the foodie

We were especially taken by the aeroplane and ambulance baby spoons (bottom right):

Cute as you like

Cute as you like

What’s that? It’s only June? Spoilsport.

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The new Conran standards

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.

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Fakes: fought.

The Conran Shop launched the Get Real: Fight the Fakes campaign a few short weeks ago, in support of Michelle Ogundehin’s Equal Rights for Design e-petition.

Get Real: Fight the Fakes

It’s an issue that’s long been close to our hearts: at The Conran Shop, we sell the work of hundreds of designers; designers whose work we love. We think the second-rate copyright protection they have erstwhile enjoyed chills the climate for design in Britain. It’s also bad for consumers: fakes and copies are seldom as well-built as originals, nor do they hold their value.

Well, there’s good news: yesterday, the Government announced that UK copyright laws for designers are to be amended to be in line with those currently granted to artists, writers and musicians.

Until now, product and industrial designers have benefited from protection for only 25 years from the date at which the copyright is issued, in stark contrast to those afforded to the other creative industries, whose art is safeguarded from unauthorised copies for 70 years after the death of the original author.

As our Chairman, Terence Conran put it:

“By protecting new designs more generously, we are encouraging more investment of time and talent in British design. That will lead to more manufacturing in Britain, and that in turn will lead to more jobs – which we desperately need right now. Properly protected design can help make the UK a profitable workshop again. We have the creative talent – lets use it.”

The Conran Shop will continue to champion the protection of design classics by only working with licensed manufacturers and by informing our customer’s about the value of investing in design classics.

Let’s crack out the bubbly!

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Down at the bottom of the garden…

We’ve gone a bit shed crazy this spring. Why? Sheds are for tinkering and for making. They are functional and informal — all of which appeals to our sensibilities.

They are also ripe for design. We think design isn’t about prettifying, but about the marriage of form and function. Sheds are functional spaces, but they needn’t be as spartan as they have traditionally been. Moreover, you can do bolder things with a shed than with bricks and mortar.

To that end, Vicki Conran, celebrated interior designer and wife of a certain Chairman, has designed an Artisan Retreat for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

She’s sent over a photo of the retreat-in-progress:

Vicki’s retreat will be inspired by the idea of childhood dens and hideaways, and for adults, a need for space. The interior of Vicki’s retreat will recreate a Bookbinder’s studio, full of interesting materials, papers, textiles and beautiful hand tools. There will be a selection of books in varying stages of binding and casing, together with a library of reference books. For the retreat Vicki has chosen a predominately green palette, to bring the outdoors in, and as green is a restful colour for jobs involving close scrutiny.

Read more on the RHS site.

Not to be outdone, The Conran Shop are at it too: their new Chelsea window displays (below) feature some very special sheds, and they are having a book signing with Jane Field-Lewis, author of My Cool Shed, from 2-4pm on Saturday, 26th May.

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My Cool Shed celebrates sheds from the modest to the lavish, from artists’ studios to beach huts, and the diverse ways in which owners are styling them. It features 35 beautifully-photographed sheds, small cabins, garden rooms and beach huts.

Chelsea window sheds 3

So there you have it: we are very well shod.

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