About Us - The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop is the home of considered design and curated living. Offering a unique and distinctive blend of design classics and future collectables its innovative edit has inspired and excited visitors for generations. With a heritage spanning over 50 years, the Conran name has established itself as a brand synonymous with all areas of design. 

Plain, Simple, Useful. Source: My Life In Design | About Us 1960s
Hanway Place. Source: My Life In Design | About Us 1940s & 50s
The Conran factory in Thetford, Norfolk. Courtesy of The Way We Live Now. | About Us 1960s
Habitat catalogues being sold on UK newsstands and branches of WHSmith. Source: My Life In Design | About Us 1960s & 70s

1956

PLAIN, SIMPLE, USEFUL

Terence founds the Conran Design Group with the aim to design contemporary furniture and interiors for a new generation, developing the singular Conran vision, philosophy and aesthetic.

1959

A CHANGE OF SCENERY

The Conran Design Group relocates to Hanway Place, just off London's Oxford Street, in a move that marked the introduction of graphic design into the business. It was the first group of its kind to boast such a portfolio of skills.

1962

LEADER OF THE FLAT-PACK

The first of its kind in the UK, Terence opens an innovative flat-pack furniture manufacturer, known then as ‘knock down’, which produces easy-assemble Conran ‘Summa’ furniture, making ‘plain, simple, useful’ design accessible to all.

1964

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HABITAT?

Terence launches Habitat on Fulham Road, Chelsea, introducing young Londoners to a revolutionary European approach to shopping, cooking and living, with shelves stacked with French cookware and casual home accessories.

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