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International Women’s Day 2021: Female Designers at The Conran Shop

Marked annually on 8th March, International Women's Day has been celebrated worldwide for over a century, with the first official gathering held in 1911. The theme for 2021 is 'Choose to Challenge,' with the idea that "A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change." To celebrate this most-important cause, we highlight just some of the incredible female talent found at The Conran Shop, from mid-century pioneer Ray Eames to modern-day trailblazer Anissa Kermiche.

Commemorating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements globally, International Women's Day is a moment to champion women, raise awareness about female equality, lobby for advanced gender parity, and support female entrepreneurs and brands.      

We are proud to work with a brilliant and accelerating portfolio of female entrepreneurs and makers. Many of the design classics and best-selling products at The Conran Shop, from the Eames Lounge Chair to the Cobra Table Lamp, are by fearless women who have conquered a notoriously male-dominated industry. Discover more about their splendour below.

A black and white photograph of designer Anissa Kermiche

Anissa Kermiche

Anissa Kermiche's namesake homeware and fine jewellery brand empowers women by adding confidence and artistic expression to everyday life. Her work celebrates female individuality and naturalistic body imagery, praising the bold and empowered woman while retaining an innate sense of femininity through raw lines and curves.

Charlotte Perriand | Image courtesy of Cassina©

Charlotte Perriand

A leading figure of 20th-century design, Perriand actually long-lived in Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret's shadow, not garnering the acknowledgement she deserved unit late in her career. At their side, Perriand was equally responsible for the LC furniture collection and interior designs for the La Roche House and Geneva's League of Nations building, amongst others.

A black and white photograph of businesswoman Sarah Bell

Evermore

Inspired by her search for a cleaner fragrance and with an aspiration to build an entirely ethically minded business, Sarah Bell founded Evermore in 2014. After a scrupulous search for only the best ingredients, Bell eventually came over the perfect blend of vegan waxes and luxury scents that inhabit each Evermore candle today, presented in recycled glass jars.

Florence Knoll and her dog Cartree | Image courtesy of Knoll ©

Florence Knoll Bassett

Fitly named the 'First Lady of Furniture,' Florence Knoll Bassett masterminded Knoll in the 1950s following her husband's passing. Here, she demonstrated her aptitude for predicting future classics by contributing to the success of design icons such as Eero Saarinen's Pedestal and Womb collections, all while designing her own pieces.

A black and white photograph of designer Grete Jalk

Grete Jalk

Thanks to the smooth, artful lines of her furniture designs and her pursuit of innovative product techniques, Grete Jalk was instrumental to the elevation of Danish modernist design, specifically paving the way for female designers.

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Greta Magnusson-Grossman

An icon of mid-century design, Greta Magnusson-Grossman is credited with bringing the Scandinavian aesthetic to America's burgeoning mid-century design scene. Creating spaces based on how they interact with the user whilst utilising functional and beautiful materials, Grossman's architectural designs were ahead of their time and remain so today.

A black and white photograph of designer Lucy Kurrein

Lucy Kurrein

Winner of the Young Design Talent Award at the Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2020, Lucy Kurrein worked for renowned design houses such as Matthew Hilton and PearsonLloyd before setting up her London studio in 2013, reaching only new heights ever since.

A black and white photograph of designer Nanna Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel grew up with a passion for the arts and design, informed by her mother. Experimenting with fibreglass to breathe new life into upholstery and revolutionise furniture design, she was eventually hailed as Denmark's 'Grande Dame of Design.'

Ray Eames | Iconic women of design | Image courtesy of the Eames

Ray Eames

Ray Eames made groundbreaking contributions to many creative fields including architecture and furniture design. She spent her formative years in the orbit of New York's modern art movements, partook in the first wave of American-born abstract artists, and shaped mid-century design.

The Basket Room

Founded by Camilla Sutton and Holly McMullen in 2014, The Basket Room creates beautiful collections of handwoven, decorative storage baskets for the home. Each is woven with stunning colours and unique patterns in close collaboration with local African artisans to ensure fair wages and dignified working conditions. 

Sutton remarks, "For us, International Women's Day is a celebration and recognition of the endless spirit, strength and skill of the hardworking female weavers with whom we partner. These women are pillars of their households - raising children and managing most of the work at home whilst finding time to earn a valuable income through weaving."

Discover just some of our favourite female-championed products below, with many more to be found throughout our Website.

A black and white photograph depicting a community of weavers from The Basket Room

The Basket Room

Founded by Camilla Sutton and Holly McMullen in 2014, The Basket Room creates beautiful collections of handwoven, decorative storage baskets for the home. Each is woven with stunning colours and unique patterns in close collaboration with local African artisans to ensure fair wages and dignified working conditions. 

Sutton remarks, "For us, International Women's Day is a celebration and recognition of the endless spirit, strength and skill of the hardworking female weavers with whom we partner. These women are pillars of their households - raising children and managing most of the work at home whilst finding time to earn a valuable income through weaving."

Discover just some of our favourite female-championed products below, with many more to be found throughout our Website.

The Fee Greening Scented Candle by Evermore pictured next to its decorative box on a white background
Gae Aulenti's Toast Toaster on a white background
The red-hued Caravaggio P1 Pendant Light by Cecilie Manz on a white background
Greta Grossman's Gräshoppa Floor Lamp on a white background
Charlotte Perriand's Tabouret Méribel Stool on a white background
Charles and Ray Eames' ash and walnut LCW Chair on a white background

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