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Journal

Delving deep into our store window displays, exclusive launches, designer Q&As and more, the Conran Shop Journal is the prime place for our most important news, events and product launches. Seek inspiration and learn more about the most iconic designs and their makers, exciting new season highlights and behind-the-scenes access to our parties directly from the home of iconic designs and future classics.

To Speak of Light as Soft: Meet Elena Samms

Exclusively premiered at The Conran Shop, Elena Samms’ debut collection results from a blossoming relationship dating back to the 2019 New Designers show, where Samms was shortlisted for The Conran Shop’s coveted Design Award. Following the launch, we sat down with Samms to discuss their exciting first two years in the industry. 1. Elena, you [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet the Winning Designer

In the search of a design that demonstrates both growth potential within the design industry and reflects Sir Terence Conran’s ethos, our judges awarded Cameron Rowley the coveted Designer of the Future Award for his innovative One Step Ladder. Meet the New Designers 2021 victor and learn about his project and next steps right here. [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Callum Wardle

Appreciating cork in its most organic form while elevating it, new designer Callum Wardle masterminded the ingenious Quercus collection of furniture; discover more about his sustainable design and his next steps below. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran Shop and The Marandi Foundation's Designer of the Future Award 2021; how do you feel, [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Cai Smith

This year’s virtual New Designers competition highlighted the very best and brightest emerging design talents, including Cai Smith with his tailor-made Aperture Shelving unit. Inspired by Japanese joinery and sustainable design, Smith’s dedication to craft and process is evident in his submission; learn more about his work below. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Diane Sinclair

Inspired by observations of trees growing around pathways on her daily walk, Diane Sinclair conceived of her Kinship kitchenware collection, an integrated cookware design that was shortlisted for New Designers 2021; read more about Diane’s holistic approach and thoughts on the future of the design world below. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Roku Gega

Providing a sanctuary for houseplants, Roku Gega’s Habitat design made the New Designers 2021 shortlist, championed by the judges as one of the daring dozen most promising designs. Learn about the theory behind Gega’s idea and focus on a reconnection with nature below. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran Shop and The Marandi [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Elliot Payne

Highlighting the folding feature of flat-pack furniture and re-envisioning this with a design focus, Elliot Payne’s Cut + Crease design was shortlisted for our New Designers 2021 award; learn more about Payne and his interesting use of materials below, and discover why we fell in love with his eye-catching Side Table. 1. Congratulations on being [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Hyunsik Yang

A keen observer of human interaction and on a mission to reshape everyday lighting, Kingston University's Hyunsik Yang came up with the distinctive HAT lampshade; discover more about his observations, ambitions, and what New Designers means to him. 1.Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran Shop and The Marandi Foundation's Designer of the Future Award [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Arun Kirwin-Singh

Arun Kirwin-Singh was shortlisted for New Designers 2021, presenting his innovative InsulTech Bottle for the prestigious award. Among many products designed by Kirwin-Singh, the bottle seeks to solve an everyday need for the modern consumer; read more about his thought processes and motivations below. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran Shop and The [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet D’arby Mawson

Driven by the belief that "design is enjoyment," new designer D'arby Mawson playfully recreated the traditional bench and stool with some much-needed flair; we caught up with the Derby-based creator to discuss all things design, career and craft. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran Shop and The Marandi Foundation's Designer of the Future [...]

New Designers 2021: Meet Aidan Johnstone

Struggling to find apt exercise equipment during the lockdowns of yesteryear, new designer Aidan Johnstone conceived of his sleek and sophisticated Multi Wheel; read more about Aidan's process, next steps and thoughts on New Designers 2021 here. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran Shop and The Marandi Foundation's Designer of the Future Award [...]

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