For London Design Festival 2019, The Conran Shop is playing host to a series of exclusive and limited-edition designs. The collection features furniture and lighting from the likes of Eero Saarinen, Samuel Wilkinson and Italian lighting manufacturer Stilnovo. To discover a little more about each design, we’ve delved deep to discover what makes them unique.
CH24 Wishbone Chair
This oak and walnut Wishbone Chair is exclusively available at The Conran Shop in a limited-edition run of 50.
First designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1949, this rare interpretation of the Wishbone Chair was found by Carl Hansen & Søn whilst exploring its prototype archives. Once ensuring it was suitable for production, Carl Hansen approached The Conran Shop, who selected it for its exclusive collection.
Whilst the chair’s silhouette remains the same, the steam-bent top rail is crafted from walnut with contrasting oak legs. Finished with a beautifully woven seat, it takes over 100 hand-rendered production steps to craft each chair.
This exclusive design by Samuel Wilkinson was award-winning before it even appeared in stores. Winner of a Design Guild Mark, the Latis Chair is presented this LDF in upholstery from the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection.
Each chair in the collection is expertly crafted in northern Italy at a family-run factory. The chair’s striking curved appearance is achieved by steam-bending a single piece of ash to make up the frame.
The original Latis Chair features a Viennese-plaited lattice straw back, but it can also be seen with luxuriously soft upholstery. Vibrant fabrics have been specially selected from the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection, as well as materials from The Conran Shop’s edit.
Fusion Fire Tulip Table
Eero Saarinen’s iconic Tulip Table has received a striking red update this autumn. This limited-edition design features specially-cut Fusion Fire granite quarried from Brazil.
The ultra-rare granite is characterised by its ripple-like undulations, reminiscent of silk, which gives the table a three-dimensional depth. Durable and practically impermeable, the single block of incredibly rare granite perfectly balances on the table’s black pedestal base.
Saarinen’s Tulip Table was first introduced in 1957 at the request of Florence Knoll. Its sweeping silhouette took five years to develop to create an antithesis to the so-called “slum of legs” often seen under tables.
Stilnovo Lighting Collection
As part of the London Design Festival collection, The Conran Shop presents a series of exclusive Stilnovo lights.
By pouring over original sketches and vintage prototypes, Stilnovo was able to recreate some of Italy’s almost-forgotten lights. Its collection includes the Topo, Lampiatta and Fante lights, as well as collaborations with renowned 20th-century designers.
Considered a gatekeeper of modernist design, Stilnovo strives to finish each design it reissues to the most authentic possible standard. It has found the perfect balance between cutting-edge, modern technology and traditional design and innovation.
Womb Relax Armchair
Created in collaboration with purveyors of Saarinen's design catalogue, Knoll, this refined edition of the Womb Armchair is exclusively available in an extremely limited run of just eight pieces, with only four Ottomans in existence.
Boasting black chrome legs and a moulded fibreglass shell, the chair is upholstered with the softest sheepskin, which is specially sourced from Australia.
Like many of Saarinen’s furniture designs, the Womb Armchair required production techniques and materials that were still in the infancy of their existence. Saarinen and Knoll innovatively found a boat builder in New Jersey who was experimenting with fibreglass and resin to help successfully develop manufacturing methods for the new design.
Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
The limited-edition Eames Lounge Chair with accompanying Ottoman are created in association with our longstanding collaborators Vitra. In an ultra-limited run of just 20 pieces, each one is authenticated and badged.
Crafted from the finest mahogany, the chair’s outer shell forms a perfectly curved case for its signature upholstered cushions.
A first for the Eames Lounge Chair, this edition’s leather upholstery is tanned using natural vegetable dyes. Sustainable and generating significantly less waste than modern-day techniques, this age-old dyeing process also prevents harmful chrome-based chemicals from entering the ecosystem.
Unfortunately London Design Festival 2019 is now over. However, you can find out more about The Conran Shop's events and activities here.