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London Craft Week 2022: The Round Up

After a three-year absence, we returned to London Craft Week in true Conran Shop style. Enlisting the help of LG OLED, Yinka Ilori, Collagerie, and our other friends, we look back at the week's happenings.  

Kicking things off with the main event, we premiered Yinka Ilori's Forest of Eyes: the multidisciplinary artist's immersive takeover of our Chelsea and Marylebone windows. On display until mid-June, the forest hosts LG's most advanced OLED evo TV screens nestled within eye-shaped timber boxes designed by Ilori and his team. Informed by the blossoming of a flower, the eyes feature bright, colourful gradients and forms, animated in dynamic ways, presenting the perfect backdrop to our newest product launches. These include the latest iterations of works by design legends Pierre Paulin and Bill Curry for GUBI, global exclusives by the likes of Richard Schultz for Knoll, and an array of our own-brand collections, both new and revived, all ready for the outdoors.  

The first significant Craft Week launch was that of Verner Panton's Panton Chair Duo, an icon of 20th-century furniture design re-imagined in close collaboration between Vitra and the Panton family. Exclusively at The Conran Shop in five mesmerising colour couples, the quintuplet was beautifully displayed across dedicated spaces in both our London Stores.  

We were also thrilled to finally launch our exclusive Collagerie capsule, a kaleidoscopic collection of considered homeware designs, created by us and co-founders Lucinda Chambers and Serena Hood. The launch was followed by an 'In Conversation' panel in Marylebone hosted by Gianluca Longo of The World of Interiors, where the Collagerie duo discussed all things inspiration, craft, and collaboration.  

We rounded things off with our first major party since last year's London Design Festival, where we invited our nearest and dearest, including Yinka Ilori, to celebrate this great city and its compelling craft. Soundtracked by DJ Seb Emmins, catered by Mix & Muddle, and captured through the lens of Leonardo Berti, the London Craft Week Party played host to hundreds of merry, wine-filled lovers of craft, including a pooch or two.  

Taking place in our Chelsea store, guests also had the opportunity to explore Martha Freud's 'Black Box' hosting her British-made, Conran Shop-exclusive ceramics; with the chance to purchase a piece of functional art under the form of Yinka Ilori's homeware, as a token of this most special moment.  

Thank you to everyone who made it such a wonderful festival, and we are already looking forward to celebrating craft with you again next year.