Happy Birthday, Sir Terence!

As part of the recent London Design Festival activities, I was lucky enough to attend an evening launch at Conran’s flagship Chelsea store, to launch their new Play Zone (i.e. tech area geeky enough to please gadget-loving boyfriends yet beautiful enough to appease design-favouring ladies. Yes, I’m kinda talking about myself here – the fella’s beloved fugly black box speakers circa 1992 are WAY overdue for a style upgrade). Plus, the evening gave an opportunity to take in a sneak preview of some of the highlights of the forthcoming Superdesign exhibition, taking place later this month in London. News aside though, I have to say the store was looking stunning, in particular the new dining area downstairs – love, love, love these painted little vignettes on display, plus the inspirationally clever chalkboard dining table, designed specifically to allow customers to lay out their potential new dinner service purchases in situ before making a purchase.

Here’s a few of my favourite bits available instore now:

Leather lampshade vertical black, £595; Hornbill jug large, £225; Moshi Moshi pop phone handset, £24.99; Large cable knit thrown in orange, £145; Home Desk by Vitra, £3,515

To commemorate his 80 years, a new exhibition, Terence Conran: The Way We Live Now, opens on 16th November at the Design Museum London, looking at the impact this inspirational man has had on British interiors throughout his lifetime thus far.

{Images: in-store shots copyright Joanna Thornhill. Product shots all taken from the Conran Shop website}

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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

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