The Conran Shop Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Christmas 2014

The Conran Shop presents your ultimate gift guide, bringing together a covetable edit of unique, exquisite and handcrafted items from all over the world.

With an extensive selection for you to find the perfect gifts for your family and friends, you only need shop in one place. Our gift wrap service is also free of charge and we deliver your gifts to more than 60 countries worldwide. Available both in store and online.

Browse our Christmas Gift Guide 2014 and explore our online gift guides:

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Christmas Market open at The Conran Shop Marylebone

From Christmas trees and festive wreaths, to statement lighting and dazzling decorations, our Christmas Market at the Marylebone store is your one-stop destination for creating a stylish Christmas home.

Discover our Christmas Opening Hours now to plan your visit.

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Christmas Market

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Win two VIP tickets to Allen Jones’ new exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts

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Body Armour, 2013, Photograph. All images from Private Collection, Images courtesy of the artist © Allen Jones RA

Sharply satirical and at times provocative, British pop artist Allen Jones’ work is rooted in contemporary culture, combining painterly tradition with the iconography of city life, theatre and advertising.

In a long-overdue survey of his work at the Royal Academy of Arts, Allen Jones RA brings you iconic highlights from his long career, including rarely seen storyboards and works that reveal the astonishing range of one of our most influential living artists.

The Conran Shop, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, are giving you the chance to win an exclusive VIP tour of the new Allen Jones retrospective outside of public opening hours, with breakfast for two at the Tom Dixon designed RA Grand Café.

To enter this competition, simply answer the question and submit your contact details here. Good luck!

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First Step, 1966, Oil on canvas and laminated shelf. All images from Private Collection, Images courtesy of the artist © Allen Jones RA

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Exclusive RED HOT 100 book launch at The Conran Shop Chelsea

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From Rita Hayworth, to Julianne Moore to Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks, a fiery red mane has helped turn many a woman into an instant sex symbol.

While ginger females reign supreme, male counterparts are often left out of the limelight until now. Think Prince Harry, Damien Lewis and Eddie Redmayne, ginger is no longer a dirty word as redheaded males take centre stage.

Celebrating red-haired male beauty and challenging negative ginger stereotypes comes RED HOT 100 – a groundbreaking coffee table book showcasing the hottest redhead guys in the world.

RED HOT 100 will be launching at The Conran Shop Chelsea with an exclusive book signing with the man behind the concept, fashion photographer and music video director, Thomas Knights. From 6-8pm, on Wednesday 15th October 2014.

A natural redhead himself, Knights has experienced personally the negative perceptions that come with being ginger, and having no red-haired male public role models to persuade him otherwise, he grew up feeling ashamed of his red roots.

RED HOT 100 aims to redefine the image of the redheaded male and positively rebrand ‘the ginger.’

Featuring famous faces such as Vampire Diaries actor Daniel Newman and Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Rutherford, the men featured in RED HOT 100 are masculine, chiselled, cool, and proud of the way they look.

As Knights explains: “We have been conditioned to think ginger men are ugly and weak. I wanted to flip this on its head and present the redheaded male as the ‘ultimate’ alpha male.”

RED HOT 100 will be available to buy in store and online for £50. RSVP is essential as places to our exclusive book launch with music by Brodanse are strictly limited: rsvp@conran.com

Drinks will be provided for the evening by Little Bird Gin, which is also available to buy in store, Fever-Tree and Gingerella.

Red Hot 100 invite

 

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Discover our new and exclusive furniture collections

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As the nights draw in and we all spend more time indoors, we can’t stop thinking about ways to add warmth and comfort to our home.

Right now we’re daydreaming about curling up by the fire, settling into the sofa and indulging in a new book. Make the most of autumn nights by updating your living room with opulent upholstery in warm, rich fabrics.

They say there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothes. The same applies for furniture. Investing in a new sofa or statement armchair is bound to make the new season more bearable and certainly more comfortable and stylish.

Made in the UK and Italy, this autumn sees the launch of six new furniture collections and pieces designed by The Conran Shop. You will be spoilt for choice. Meet Clement, Chiltern, Float, Elsa, Elgin and Lavenham.

The Clement collection – including a two-seat sofafootstool and armchair – is characterised by its loose covering and contemporary twist on traditional country style. The Chiltern sofa features fixed upholstery and cast gunmetal legs, while the generous cushions and walnut legs of the Float range has a distinctly relaxed yet modern feel.

Made in Italy, the Elsa and Elgin collections are the embodiment of refined style thanks to their sleek low profile and use of Italian leather. Elsa, with her zigzag topstitch detailing and cast metal legs, and Elgin with his solid walnut base, are both available in an array of colours and fabrics.

Arguably one of the most popular designs for its easy elegance is the Lavenham collection. Designed and made in the UK with solid hardwood frames, the style features loose covers neatly finished with French seams in Belgium linen.

The Lavenham range features a three-seat sofa, armchair, footstoollove seat and bed and is available in a vast variety of new season colours including our signature aubergine.

 

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Introduce one of these statement-making designs into your home and you’ll be glad for the longer nights, shorter days and prospect of spending extra time indoors.

Prices start from £995. Visit one of our stores or browse online for a closer look.

By: Sarah Ilene of The Conran Shop Chelsea

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Exclusive Designer Q&A: Vicky Sarge

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Designer Vicki Sarge combines three decades of innovation and inspiration in fashion jewellery. As an original founder of the jewellers Erickson Beamon, Sarge’s artistry has been celebrated by designers and collectors the world over.

We chat to the London-based designer about bringing her creative vision to life, celebrity fans and her new bedazzling collection for The Conran Shop.

What kick-started your career in jewellery design?

I started in the jewellery business as I could not find any jewellery to accessorise my friends’ fashion show. Since then, I have continued mainly focusing as a fashion brand with fashion being our strongest relationship.

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Tell us about your first collection at The Conran Shop?

I feel the collection is a perfect mix of design and fashion. Using a combination of Swarovski crystals and plated base metals. The collection is strong, sleek and a bit rock and roll.

Why do you think you are so drawn to bold, colourful designs?

Colour is always an inspiration for me – it is the starting point for many of designs and ideas.

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It’s been an exciting year for VICKISARGE – what have been your highlights?

The shop relaunch has been very exciting and designing collaborations with Mario Testino, Erdem, Tim Walker and Sam McKnight have all been a joy. Seeing that I have the support from so many friends in the business has also been amazing.

How does it feel to have people like Kate Moss, Beyoncé and Lana Del Ray wear your designs?

I love the fun you can have working with amazing artists and models but I really also enjoy when we have a customer whose day is made a little bit better just by wearing one of our pieces. We get these compliments quite a lot.

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VICKISARGE for The Conran Shop is available in store and online now.

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Exclusive Designer Q&A: Magnus Long

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Magnus Long is a British designer working within spatial, furniture, product and lighting design.

We chat to the London-based designer about discovering his talent, developing ideas and his exclusive design collaboration with The Conran Shop.

How did you discover you had a talent for furniture design?

Out of all of the types of design I do, furniture is particularly fulfilling and attractive because of its subtle complexities and its completeness. It’s a very human scale of building and requires sensitivity to form, beauty and identity along with an understanding of engineering, craft and construction. These are all things I have always been drawn to ever since I was able to connect two objects together, but perhaps it’s noticeable now because over the last few years I have had the opportunity to work with some great clients, such as The Conran Shop, who have more resources and can bring these objects to an audience.

What comes first – the materials or the design idea?

For this collection we always intended there to be flexibility to combine different materials and finishes, so it’s been designed with a view for The Conran Shop being able to offer various options in their stores. There are always many factors to consider for any one design and the starting point changes depending on the reason for starting the project. My way of working is to collect as much useful information, which is often related to people and behaviours, and to define the project’s constraints, which usually includes materiality and construction. From there it quickly becomes a slightly daunting cloud of complexity which needs to be mapped and understood. There’s a lot of analysis, idea generation, modelling and visits to factories and (hopefully) an elegant solution emerges during that time – simplicity from complexity.

Describe a really good day in the Magnus Long Design Studio…

Model-making is incredibly fruitful for building ideas; for understanding construction for manufacture and refining an identity. I’m quite a rationalist at heart and enjoy starting with simple materials such as card, paper or wooden sticks to see how far an idea can go. As the design gets scaled-up, the detail and beauty begin to reveal themselves more and more, but it’s nice to keep the relationship with its origins alive, which you may see in some of the designs.

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Tell us about your latest collaboration with The Conran Shop…

We have been working on designs for The Conran Shop since 2013. Some designs were already on our drawing boards when we began talking together, but others were brought to life from the direction and conversations with the amazing team at The Conran Shop.

We created quite a number of different families for The Conran Shop (there’s still more to come), some are quite expressive and others more subtle. All of the designs have various scale models which were built as part of our process, but probably the one I enjoy the most is the construction of the legs of the Stix table. It started life as five cocktail sticks with a piece of bent wire around the waist then twisted and splayed. The structure created is a circular array of triangles so it’s very strong. We went through a few different construction options, but for me the resulting turned wooden legs combined with a solid aluminium disc is a really delightful piece of engineering. Once you get to this stage the stakes can be high because of tooling and lesser companies would back away from making such an investment, so it’s great to work with The Conran Shop, who are prepared to invest in getting the design right and not compromise the original vision.

How would you describe the collection in five words?

Elegant, rational construction with beautiful materials. That’s six words – sorry!

What advice would you give to anyone interested in becoming a designer?

Enjoy it!

The exclusive Magnus Long for The Conran Shop collection is available in store and online now.

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