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. 

nvitation from the Conran Foundation and its debut initiative The Boilerhouse. Source: My Life In Design | About Us 1980s
Sir Terence Conran. Source: My Life In Design | About us 1980s
The Conran Shop Chelsea | About us 1980s
Design Museum on Shad Thames. Source: My Life In Design | About us 1980s

1981

ESTABLISHING AN EDUCATION

The Conran Foundation is set up to educate the public on the values of good design. Its debut initiative, the Boilerhouse Project within the V&A, paves the way for the Design Museum.

1983

KNIGHT OF THE DESIGN REALM

Our founder receives a knighthood, the highest honour from Buckingham Palace, for his unparalleled services to design and retail in the UK, officially changing his title to Sir Terence Conran.

1987

THE MOVE TO MICHELIN HOUSE

The Conran Shop relocates to François Espinasse’s Art Nouveau building in Chelsea, made legendary by the Michelin Man stained glass windows, with Sir Terence describing it as the happiest day of his life.

1989

DESIGNS OF THE TIMES

The Design Museum opens on Shad Thames, on the south bank of the river. Housed within a former banana warehouse, the renovated Bauhausesque building stands at the heart of Sir Terence’s regeneration project of Butler’s Wharf.