September is one of the busiest and most exciting months in The Conran Shop calendar. With London Design Festival kick-starting on the 17th, we’ve decided to celebrate our favourite time of year by hosting a series of exclusive events that mark collaborations between The Conran Shop and a plethora of creative powerhouses – and we’d love for you to join us!
The Conran Shop x It’s Nice That
A Load of Jargon
For London Design Festival, we’re collaborating with creative media publication, It’s Nice That, on an installation of over-used industry buzzwords and a series of related activities. The colourful and playful concept of A Load of Jargon plays with space, material and typography. It will be brought to life in our Chelsea store windows, where design partners Isabel + Helen will enhance the space with captivating installations.
Our windows will be transformed and filled with an array of sights, bold 3D objects, materials and typography and there will be five uniquely designed installations symbolising each piece of jargon for you to interact with.
You can enjoy a host of printmaking and screen-printing workshops throughout the installation and a limited edition capsule collection of A Load of Jargon stationery, posters and accessories will be available in-store.
Official Launch: Thursday 22nd September, 6.30pm – 9pm
17th September – 30th October
Abstract Expressionism with the Royal Academy of Arts
This autumn, The Conran Shop Marylebone is partnering with the Royal Academy of Arts and one of its hero exhibitions, Abstract Expressionism. Jack Killick, an art student from the Royal Academy School, will create a mural inspired by the works from the exhibition, which will sit as a backdrop to our Marylebone store windows.
Forever associated with the energy, invention and experimentation of 1950s New York, Abstract Expressionism is characterised by spontaneous brush strokes, large fields of colour and an expressive charge. We’re taking inspiration from these radical works, with their powerful impact, scale and vitality, by featuring many abstract and colourful designs across our departments, including an edit of specially curated products inspired by the movement.
Read our interview with Jack on the Journal.
Official launch: Tuesday 20th September, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
From 16th September – 30th October
The Conran Shop x Laboratory Perfumes
Zuza Mengham ‘Sculpting Scent’
As part of an on-going exploration of the relationship between scent and other senses, London-based perfumier Laboratory Perfumes has been working with artist Zuza Mengham to consider ways of translating intangible fragrances into solid sculptural forms.
Taking the brand’s four existing scents, Amber, Gorse, Samphire and Tonka – as well as a soon to-be-launched fifth fragrance Atlas – Zuza has created a series of resin sculptures that will be displayed in The Conran Shop Marylebone.
The five sculptures will be presented in a special exhibition in our windows, alongside the Laboratory Perfumes range of fragrances and candles that inspired them. Four of these sculptures will be available for purchase after the exhibition. The Sculpting Scent exhibition also celebrates the launch of Laboratory Perfumes’ fifth scent – Atlas, of which a limited quantity will be available exclusively at The Conran Shop.
Read our interview with Zuza on the Journal.
Official launch: Thursday 15th September 6.30pm - 8.30pm
From 15th – 25th September
The Conran Shop x Charlie Oscar Patterson
Live Painting & Art Installation
The Conran Shop’s Selfridges store opened during London Design Festival in September 2015 and in celebration of its first anniversary, South London-based artist and designer Charlie Oscar Patterson will create a live painting installation in our lower ground floor concession space.
Visitors can watch as Charlie paints the store’s wall in his signature brightly coloured, graphic style and a selection of his eye-catching work will be available for purchase.
Read our interview with Charlie on the Journal
Live painting in the afternoons/evenings of 19th – 23rd September, art wall installed until mid-October
The Conran Shop x Hannah Bould
Live pottery throwing demonstration
To celebrate The Conran Shop’s ‘Contrast Collection’ ceramics collaboration with ceramist, Hannah Bould, Hannah will be throwing pots live in-store at The Conran Shop Selfridges during London Design Festival.
Hannah Bould is a ceramist based in North London; she handcrafts, throws and fires each of her designs in her kiln in Archway.
The ‘Contrast Collection’ range is exclusive to The Conran Shop, and visitors will be able to watch as Hannah demonstrates how she handcrafts the stoneware bowls and cups from the contemporary collection. The ‘Contrast Collection’ will also be available to purchase in The Conran Shop’s London stores and online.
Read our interview with Hannah on the Journal
Live pottery throwing with Hannah Bould on 22nd September from 2pm – 6pm.
Fritz Hansen x Velorbis Collection
Official launch of the exclusive collaboration
To mark the collaboration of renowned Danish design studio Fritz Hansen with contemporary bike collective Velorbis, The Conran Shop will see the launch of the ‘Arrow Seven 60’ bicycle and leather bag accessories.
Designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Series 7 Chair, this modern city bike represents the best in Danish design and cycling culture. Two versions, both a gents and ladies model, are exclusively available at The Conran Shop and the ‘Arrow Seven 60’ will be showcased in-store for two weeks.
Exclusively displayed in The Conran Shop Selfridges from 12th – 26th September, then displayed in The Conran Shop Chelsea.