I went to The Conran Shop today and I felt right at home. Between the copper accessories, hanging light bulbs and beautiful scented candles, I was in my zen space.
The Conran Shop’s roots are in London, and its Chelsea store was responsible for the revival of the historic Michelin House building on Fulham Road. It has since grown with stores in Marylebone and Paris to become a leading luxury retailer offering a covetable edit of furniture, lighting, home accessories and gifts from some of the most iconic and up-and-coming designers from around the world.
The Conran space really works for me because its full of tiny things that individually seem small or unimportant, but once placed on the appropriate table or put in the right room – makes all the difference.
I started off in the lighting area and fell in love with Cristian Cubina’s cluster configuration ‘Drop Pendant’ light. It would create an amazing centrepiece above a dining table or just somewhere in the house that you wanted a real statement to be made.
Next stop: Chairs. I am planning on dedicating a post to chairs alone, so I won’t talk too much about it here. However, I am loving the velvet chair trend that is in at the moment. I’ve seen these chairs in a lot of furniture stores and restaurants recently, so as soon as I saw one in Conran I knew I had to blog about it. This particular one was the Green Velvet ‘Beetle Dining Chair’ designed by GamFratesi. I think a set would really compliment a dining table space or you could go with the ‘odd one out’ image and just have it alone as a statement piece in the living room. I also really liked another chair, which was sitting alone randomly in the middle of the shop. I’m not really a red person, but I liked the way it made the chair pop. [Further down]
After swooning over all the furniture, I went to the kitchen section and as usual, I gravitated towards the copper pots and pans and then towards the gold plated cutlery. I like the copper trend and I don’t think its going away any time soon. It adds a touch of sophistication to your cookware collection and makes your kitchen different to everybody else’s. The products at Conran are by the brand Mauviel, but a lot of designers are using the copper effect. I loved the gold cutlery too, its a nice way to recreate the fine dining experience and they are definitely eye catching pieces on their own, so less faff required on the table.
I could literally spend hours in this space- there is so much to see and every piece is interesting in its own little way. I could spend 30mins looking at all the different bath products and then another 30 checking out coffee table books-problems! Its a fun store and because there’s a great variety of products that you would struggle to find elsewhere, its very difficult to get bored. So, if you’re looking for pieces that will make your house just that little bit different, then The Conran Shop is definitely the place for you.