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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.

London Design Festival 2021: Meet Damien Poulain

The London Design Festival is back and, dare we say it, better than ever. To mark its return after the global COVID-19 pandemic, French artist Damien Poulain transforms our Chelsea windows with his mesmerising 'Magical Value of Shapes' display: a colourific backdrop to our latest global exclusives. Read on to see what drives and inspires [...]

Paris Design Week 2021: Meet Isabel + Helen

This Paris Design Week, London-based design duo Isabel + Helen transforms our Rue du Bac store with its enthralling 'Cocoon' installation: a live display of 12 wooden stools wrapped in coloured strings by a rotating device. Meet its makers to discover more about their beginnings, inspiration, and next steps. 1. How did you meet?  We [...]

Morocco and Modern Craft: Meet Bouchra Boudoua

Presenting an exclusive collaboration with young Moroccan designer and craftsperson Bouchra Boudoua, The Conran Shop’s sunny new ceramics collection exudes pure joy. To celebrate the launch, we got in touch with Boudoua at her Casablanca studio to discuss all things craft and culture. 1. Hello Bouchra! Firstly, please tell us a little about yourself and [...]

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 [...]

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