Jet-setting is one of our favourite things. Constantly seeing new cities and encountering new cultures, well, it is like nothing else. Often on our travels we’re inspired by the local artisans and craftsmen who create bespoke pieces which encapsulate the regions authentic charm.
Warm, tactile and full of character, furniture and accessories made by traditional artisans will give your home globetrotting style. That’s why we’re coveting handcrafted textiles. Whether it’s a patterned silk makta cushion – which has been spun by hand using simple tools offering subtle tweed-like texture – or an artfully hand-woven merino wool throw, each piece echoes the rustic beauty of its origin.
For a statement-making centrepiece you simply can’t go past our extensive range of one-of-a-kind rugs. Whether a practical or an aesthetic addition, it’s truly amazing how this humble floor covering has the potential to make or break a room’s personality. Boasting hard-wearing materials, sumptuous textures, exotic colour schemes and eye-catching patterns – including stripes, patchworks and weaves – you’ll be able to find the perfect rug to match your mood and your lifestyle. Bring inspiration from Morocco, Persia, Indonesia or the Sahara into your space, sparking visual interest, adding welcome cushioning and muffling footsteps in style.
Cushions are a chic and easy way to introduce textiles to your interior. Choosing pieces with a common theme, such as natural hues and patinas, creates a unified look. Add a splash of colour and abstract pattern to your sofa or favourite armchair with our exclusive cushions designed by Jasper Conran.
Whether used as a focal point to your interior scheme or scattered around your home for a well-travelled look, these eclectic textiles will bring a luxurious vagabond spirit to every room.
Come February there is often a panic that grows in your chest and a persistent internal voice that starts to berate your neglected personal training sessions, inconsistent beauty regime and desire for the food pyramid dark side. Relinquish your self-imposed guilt over forgotten resolutions with a relaxed stroll around our Chelsea store’s wellbeing pop-up, the Conran Clinic.
This tranquil treasure trove of positivity is bound to rebalance your mindset with a hunger for the healthy and nourishing inside and out. Discover our thoughtful curation of health and beauty products all designed to hit refresh from organic skincare to luxury bathroom accessories.
Kick-start your new wellbeing campaign with the serene spa area filled with a globetrotting menagerie of miracle-working wonders from France’s Compagnie de Provence, Switzerland’s Therme Vals and Brooklyn’s Pelle – whose jewel-like soaps look almost too good to lather up.
Gym and fitness equipment from Technogym offers to tone and shape your body in the comfort of your own home, so you can create a routine that works for you minus the drill sergeant chants of a personal trainer. Plus, state-of-the-art Aedle headphones will keep you moving and motivated as the Technogym equipment tracks your every step.
Quench your thirst with cold-pressed juices from The Good Life Eatery designed to detox and nutrient-load or visit the rustic wooden Tea House – whose aromatic leaf blends from fair trade favourite Takeawayporto will soothe the soul wherever you go.
A series of distorting fairground mirrors will stop the urge to smash through the treat-filled ‘In Case of Emergency Break Glass’ cabinets which add a playful touch to this health-conscious setting. Striking the perfect balance between your vices and virtues, this must-see destination promises to be fun, interactive and inspirational.
So what are you waiting for? Rejuvenation awaits at the Conran Clinic – open now until 31st March 2014 in The Blue Room at The Conran Shop, Chelsea, with elements also found at the Marylebone store and online.
This winter, we’re delighted to be welcoming a new face at The Conran Shop.
Bringing with them a wealth of experience in furniture design, our latest recruit will work closely with our teams to develop a fresh tone to our Winter 2014 collection.
We are, of course, talking about the latest edition of the Eames Side Chair in a brand new Bordeaux colourway. The iconic Eames chairs have been a part of our core range since we first opened our doors in 1975, and we’re thrilled to be introducing Bordeaux versions of the DSW, DSR and RAR Chairs, re-issued by Vitra exclusively for The Conran Shop this season.
It’s nearly 70 years since Charles & Ray Eames exhibited the original designs for what would become the world’s first industrially produced plastic chair collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Back then, it was available in only three colours (greige, elephant-hide grey and parchment), but today these classic examples of modernist furniture, remain almost unchanged. Introduced to Europe in 1958 by Vitra’s founder, Willi Fehlbaum who spotted them in a New York shop window on a visit to the states in 1953, the chairs have won over many admirers in their time, including the Conran family.
The 2013/14 Bordeaux range was launched exclusively at The Conran Shop last month and is currently on sale at the reduced price of £360.40 for the RAR, £272 for the DSW and £184.45 for the DSR, until midnight on January 27th.
On the blog today we look at what has made these three chair so timeless, and why they are as relevant to our homes in 2014 as they were in over half a century ago…
1. THE DSW
DSW stands for Dining (to denote the height) Side (denoting the type of chair) and Wood (referring to the base material). The original Fiberglass seat has been replaced with the more comfortable (and eco-friendly) polypropene, but the authorised Vitra models are otherwise loyal to the Eames’ design, and have been a firm favourite now for generations. Available from The Conran Shop in 9 different colours, their organic shape means these chairs will never date.
2. THE DSR
It’s the DSR chair which best illustrates the Eames’ ultimate goal to achieve “the best for the least for the most”.
The lightweight DSR model (or Dining Side Rod chair) is sometimes referred to as the Eiffel Chair, after the rod base structure was said to be inspired by the Tour Eiffel. Its cross-strut steel legs make it one of the most robust chairs around and continue to lend it a very much contemporary feel.
The Conran Shop’s exclusive Bordeaux editions have powder-coated black lacquer legs, to compliment the rich tone of the seat.
3. THE RAR
The RAR, or Rocking Armchair Rod, was first designed with the others in 1948, though its U.S. producer, Herman Miller ceased selling the models in America 20 years later, as they were reserved for gifts to employees of the company who were expecting a child, and it’s still a favourite of mothers-to-be.
A tremendous amount of work and research went into finely tuning the ‘rock’, to give it the smoothest rocking motion possible. Its combination of chrome-plated wire legs, polypropene armchair and solid maple rockers makes this one of the most versatile chairs, able to blend comfortably into any style of interior.
Shop the new Bordeaux collection now, or browse for your favourite colours from The Conran Shop online or in either our London or Paris stores.