It’s a sneaky peek this Monday morning as I wanted to share the latest collaboration to come from the design legend that is Sir Terence Conran – Conran for M&S
Founder of Habitat (his brainchild to bring continental clean design to the masses at reasonable prices without skimping on quality) and The Conran shop which stocks higher end design pieces, I’m always in awe of his eye for style. The Marks and Spencer collection is no different. Simple clean designs with a retro nod and up to the minute colour palettes referencing the fifties and sixties.
The shots I’m sharing with you today (excuse the poor quality scanned images) are lifted from the M&S catalogue as the collection doesn’t launch until Thursday 22nd September, although the catalogue opens with a 17 page spread previewing the mini range preceeding Spring 2012’s launch of over 300 products.
I can’t wait!
In the article Sir Terence talks about British design, producing democratic pieces of exceptional quality and at a price point everyone can achieve. You can tell he really hasn’t had to stray at all from his personal design ethos and says he hopes the collection makes people feel…
‘happy. …That’s one of the things I hope it will do – cheer people up.’
As I have a little bit of an obsession with chairs (really, I could buy a new one every five minutes and my house would look like a very stylish church hall in no time,) my favourites from the collection are the arm chairs, not to mention the stunning teal velvet sofa above. Unfortunately you can’t buy a new one of those every year.
Aside from chairs, the Conran for M&S collection also has pieces representing what I consider to be his trademark use of paler woods in simple designs. The Brindley range of side tables and shelving units, along with solid oak and oak veneer tables, chairs and some glossy white laquered additions, all look sturdy yet stylish.
I’m also loving the science vase collection. (that’s the geek in me, always looking for a bit of quirk appeal!)Resembling chemistry class beakers and flasks, the collection looks brilliant with single stems of wild looking greenery displayed en masse as a centrepiece.
Pieces and Prices:
Ackroyd Sofa, £1599
Marlowe armchair, £999
Brindley shelving unit, £399
Godwin Armchair, £999
Science Vase collection, various prices.
So, what do you think?