Sir Terence Conran in Conran Blue | Image courtesy of Artek

Discovering Conran Blue

Turn formerly Blue Mondays into the cobalt of your dreams as Conran Blue takes centre stage at The Conran Shop. Also known as Pantone 072 C, Conran Blue has become emblematic of The Conran Shop throughout the years, adorning exclusive designs and the walls of our stores.

Synonymous with The Conran Shop’s vast design heritage, Conran Blue is the hue famously loved by our founder Sir Terence Conran. Rarely seen in any other colour, his wardrobe features an array of shirts in the iconic deep blue hue from British clothier Turnbull & Asser. Becoming inextricably linked to the hue, it is no wonder Sir Terence chose Conran Blue as the colour that would spearhead The Conran Shop.

 

Conran Blue at The Conran Shop
Conran Blue at The Conran Shop

 

For Sir Terence, the hue brings to mind the intensity of Yves Klein Blue, a colour Klein patented in 1961. A prominent figure in post-war European art, the French artist Yves Klein is renowned for his single-colour canvases, sculptures and installations in the rich ultramarine hue.

Having initially focussed on painting whole canvases orange, yellow, pink, red and green to focus on the colour as the art, it was ultramarine blue that Klein was most interested in and he went on to experiment with it as part of performance art. Painting nude models in Yves Klein Blue, he used them as ‘human paintbrushes’ to create his pioneering series of Anthropometry paintings.

 

David Hammons Yves Klein / Yves Klein David Hammons 2014 Exhibition. Image courtesy of Tony Prikryl | FOCUS: Yves Klein | James Turrell Exhibition. Image courtesy of Lévy Gorvy | Yves Klein at the Tate Liverpool. Image courtesy of Candid Magazine
David Hammons Yves Klein / Yves Klein David Hammons 2014 Exhibition. Image courtesy of Tony Prikryl | FOCUS: Yves Klein | James Turrell Exhibition. Image courtesy of Lévy Gorvy | Yves Klein at the Tate Liverpool. Image courtesy of Candid Magazine

 

Aside from its association with the work of Yves Klein, Conran Blue is also reminiscent of the traditional bleu de travail workwear jacket. A dark blue jacket typically worn by labourers and manual workers due to its vibrant finish and durable cotton composition, the design was once a common sight on French market stalls.

Today the French worker jacket has featured on catwalks across the globe and is now seen as a stylish addition to the most creative of wardrobes. With clean lines and a boxy silhouette, the original bleu de travail workwear jacket has become a truly coveted design piece.

 

Bleu de travail as seen on the Kris Van Assche, Vetements, Kenzo and Dior catwalks in recent years
Bleu de travail as seen on the Kris Van Assche, Vetements, Kenzo and Dior catwalks in recent years

 

The ultramarine hue has since become an integral part of The Conran Shop’s design identity and can be seen proudly displayed on the walls of our London, Paris and Japanese stores, as well as in our vast collection of exclusive Conran Blue designs.

In collaboration with leading design houses and designers, the Conran Blue shade has been incorporated into a range of exclusive designs that reflect The Conran Shop’s ethos of simple, functional design.

 

Conran Blue exclusives at The Conran Shop
Some of the Conran Blue exclusives at The Conran Shop

 

Showcasing in-house designs that include luxurious linen bedding, statement placemats and sand timers, the collection also features reimagined classics, such as Carl Hansen & Søn’s CH24 Wishbone Chair, the Vétra Moleskin Workwear Jacket and Anglepoise’s iconic Type 75 Floor Lamp.

An archetypal lamp of the Anglepoise family, the Type 75 Lamp has been updated in huge proportions to act as a floor lamp, reimagined to showcase bright Conran Blue, combining the rich history of our stores with the world-renowned Anglepoise image.

 

Shop our exclusive Conran Blue designs at The Conran Shop and explore our Pinterest board dedicated to the vibrant hue here.