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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 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 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 Alexandra Record

Innovating flat pack, foldable furniture for the needs of the modern home, Alexandra Record’s unique Motion Side Table design joined the ranks of the daring dozen shortlisted for The Conran Shop’s New Designers 2021 award; learn more about Record’s inspirations and design ethos below. 1. Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Conran Shop and The [...]

Vision and Tradition: Meet BORNN Enamelware

In celebration of The Conran Shop’s new partnership with Turkish enamelware brand BORNN and the release of their Colorama collection, we connect with founders and sisters Öykü Thurston and Basak Onay to discuss the brand’s sustainable values and their aims to revive and modernise the traditional craft for a contemporary audience. 1. Firstly, please tell [...]

Icons at The Conran Shop: Panthella Table Lamp

Commemorating 50 years of Verner Panton's design and celebrating the newly launched anniversary edition, we take a closer look at the timeless Panthella Lamp. Unveiled in 1971, the Panthella Table Lamp is a Danish design classic. Created by Verner Panton in partnership with lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen, the light is instantly recognisable by its distinctive [...]

Icons at The Conran Shop: Sacco Anatomical Easy Chair

As we celebrate the launch of the Sacco Anatomical Easy Chair in three Conran Shop-exclusive colourways, we explore the history of the remarkable design, the celebrated pioneer for the now-familiar 'bean bag' chair. An Italian icon, the Sacco Anatomical Easy Chair was conceptualised by trio Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini and Franco Teodoro in 1968. Exhibiting [...]

The Not-So-New Normal: Our Working From Home Edit

As we move through the third UK lockdown, most of us are adapting to working from home on a long-term basis. We take a look at our favourite WFH spaces, sent to us by you, to help reinvigorate the work-in-progress home office. We are all slowly realising that working from home is no longer a [...]

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