Founder of The Conran Shop, designer and restaurateur, Sir Terence Conran is widely regarded as the voice of authority on design in the UK. Inspired by Bauhaus principles and Scandinavian craftsmanship, Conran believes that every designer should have a personal understanding of materials and processes.
Sir Terence Conran’s inimitable ethos, ideas around taste-making and his design philosophy centre around well-designed products and furniture that ease the difficulties of contemporary life; Sir Terence wishes to make designs available that “grow old gracefully and slip seamlessly into people’s lives and give them years of pleasure”. Channelling his versatile creativity into a lifetime in design, Sir Terence Conran has consistently pioneered his ethos that good, accessible design improves the quality of everyday life.
Sir Terence’s early career saw him design innovative products and textiles, found the Conran Design Group and open the UK’s first flat-pack furniture manufacturer. His myriad of accomplishments made ‘plain, simple, useful’ design accessible and encouraged the expression of personality through interiors. Having founded Habitat in 1964, by the time The Conran Shop’s first store opened its doors in 1974, the Conran name had become synonymous with good design.
Across his illustrious career, Conran has opened retail stores, founded architectural practices and launched award-winning restaurants. He has played a monumental role in single-handedly elevating carefully chosen pockets of the capital by spotting property potential and renovating abandoned buildings, transforming them to become The Conran Shop stores and restaurants like Bibendum.
At the centre of it all is his wish to make functional design and spaces available for all. Most recently, developing his long running Design Museum project – which ensures that there is an exhibition venue in the UK that is entirely devoted to design - Sir Terence opened an impressive new Design Museum in Kensington, marking a self-proclaimed landmark moment in his career.
Balance Shelving Unit
Specially designed by Sir Terence Conran for his collection Content by Terence Conran, the Balance Shelving Unit is a signature stacked design, reminiscent of traditional brickwork or a stack of books.
Expertly crafted from hardwearing wood veneer, the cleverly designed shelving unit is available in walnut and oak. Each finish displaying the wood’s natural grain, the unit provides a sculptural centrepiece to display books, trinkets and plants.
Boasting Sir Terence Conran’s clean-lined, contemporary aesthetic, the timeless Balance Shelving Unit is bound to enhance any space for years to come.
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